|Part of the reason I'm exhausted is because I take this lil pup for a walk in the woods early every morning before all the kidlings get up.|
No, you don't miss this. You miss the good stuff, which, I admit, is REALLY good, and for heavens' sakes I AM enjoying it as much as I possibly can. But you don't miss it as much as you think you do. And, most of all, why don't YOU enjoy what YOU have....grown-up children who don't need diapers changed, who aren't screaming demands every second of every day while you calmly reply, "Say please!", who can actually have a conversation, who don't spit raspberries at you thinking it's funny, who can play outside in the cold weather for more than 5 minutes....or even play outside without your neighbors telling you to "watch your children" (translated, "Could you please hover over your children like every other mother of the 21st Century?" Mothers didn't used to...we all have stories about playing outside with full freedom. What happened to that????)
|The good news is that she doesn't like very long walks in the cold. |
Which is good because I need to get back to the little ones -- who are now climbing out of their crib. Good times.
But I can't.
So...I'll give it to you straight. I really hate 2 and 3 year olds. They are a pain in every way. Except when they say cute things, or look at you lovingly with a smile, or give you the best hugs EVER, or make you feel the kind of joy and love so deep in your soul it almost hurts.
|Or when they have a bad case of bed head and have no clue so it gives you a much needed laugh.|
Ok, yes, again with the nap time...while it is a break...a MUCH needed and appreciated break from the neediness of two 2-year olds...it is, at most, a 2 hour break which I frantically try to at least TRY to get perhaps one item on my to-do list done....which is usually laundry, making a meal, cleaning a mess, yada yada. (How envious of my life am I making you right now?)
|Who wouldn't be envious of a mother who had this cuteness and love????|
|Anders is desperately trying to ride his car in the snow...before he came crying because "hands code!!" (Does any toddler keep their mittens on in freezing weather????)|
Now get those pantomimed violin strings ready to play "My Heart Bleeds for You"....
|How can anyone possibly feel sorry for me when I am surrounded by such cuteness? Puppies and babies, does it get any cuter????|
|My "man of the house" helping me shovel. Not one complaint.|
|And he did a really good job too! Without any help from me whatsoever.|
|But it sure is beautiful. What a view from my kitchen window!!|
|Missing events like the 3rd Grade Biography Fair when Soren dressed up like Orville Wright and displayed the results of his hard work. |
How about that 'stache??
Now I need to get back to "enjoying it while I can" and appreciating my four little ones....and maybe even a sunset.....
After all, tomorrow is another day.....
(random link, I know...but her words and expression are so perfect for my overly dramatic feeling about my life right now....)