Week 15 of the 365 project saw a lot of springtime celebrations. I love this time of year- the whole world feels like it’s waking up. The weather is warming up with the promise of summer coming (which to me means a slowing down of the hectic pace of the school year, day trips, playing at the pool with the kids, and more fun), the trees are exploding with new leaves and blossoming flowers, and our days and nights are filled with music of birds and tree frogs.
100 days of magic with my sidekick.
This girl walked up to the bridge by the pond in the park and became immediately enchanted with the “pink flower tree” and wanted to go see it. When we got there, she performed a little springtime dance for it. I love how free and completely not self aware she is at this age. Dancing felt good, so she danced her heart out.
Also, a wardrobe observation. My oldest child was always impeccably dressed at this age. She looked like a mini adult, with her hair styled and cute outfits, all the way down to stylish little shoes. Daily. This one, however… she is my free spirit. I have to chase her to get a brush through her hair, and she rarely tolerates me doing anything beyond getting the tangles out. She never wears the cute clothes I buy her, unless it’s a fancy dress. But even now, she’s discovered dressing herself. She insists on getting dressed with zero help, which includes getting the up-high stuff down (meaning, the dresses in her closet). This means she carefully chooses her shirt each morning, and opts for whatever pants are on the top in her drawer. She rarely matches, and end up looking like a little ragamuffin every day.
Preschool easter egg hunt! She had so much fun. I can’t get over how much she’s changed since starting preschool. She’s so much more easy going now, so much more social. She’s still my strong-willed girl, but she’s not a tyrant. Being around the same group of kids her own age has softened her edges and taught her about friendship. Now more people can see the sweet girl I’ve always seen underneath the fierce exterior. (she used to get overwhelmed very easily and shut down when she felt at all out of control with her surroundings, which made her toddler years…. educational.) Now she has friends that she talks about constantly, and it melts my heart to hear little voices shout out her name in greeting when she walks in the room.
The first day of spring break was pretty epic. Lounging morning with coffee, got some work done with their promised PJ-minecraft time, then it was a whirlwind of getting dressed and out the door. Picnic lunch and playground time with friends, then off to the amazing children’s area at the Bel Air library where they played for what felt like ages, and a stop at YoGoCrazy for some topping-intense frozen yogurt. We made it home, exhausted and happy, but we weren’t done with the outside, so we had a late dinner on a blanket in the yard and played on the trampoline while we watched the sun set. I can’t believe I forgot to bring my camera!
I realized that I’m entering that sweet spot of parenting. I had actual adult conversations– not in an X rated way, haha, but in an “omg you are taller than 3 feet and we are making complete sentences” way. The kids ran and played and had a blast and I actually SAT on a bench and chatted while keeping an eye on the littlest to make sure she didn’t get in trouble. Have I finally parted ways with the typical playdate? (You know how it goes, invite someone over with kids of similar ages and basically just wave in passing as you each chase kids to the total opposite side of the playground/building/etc, glancing longingly at each other as you imagine the conversations you could be having) We ALL had a pretty idyllic day, and I’m pretty sure everyone will be falling asleep quickly tonight.
It was eerily quiet during the post-shower pre-bedtime window. I peeked my head in his room and to my surprise… for probably the first time ever… quiet didn’t mean trouble.
Arbor Day! Our Cub Scout den attended the Harford County Arbor Day Celebration. Bonus: running into other friends from school. We planted a bunch of trees, which is more fun than it sounds. (especially since the holes were pre-dug) From there, we headed to King and Queen’s Seat for an ambitious 3 mile hike with the cubs and families. Little Bear spent most of it riding on my shoulders. Mama got a great workout in, even though I skipped the gym. So basically, we spent ALL day outside. We got home right before dinner… exhausted but happy. I love this Den, we do a ton of fun family-centered activities. It’s really exposing us to new stuff in the area. (because, really, I never would have said, “hey, let’s go plant trees with a bunch of other people in the morning” or “hey, let’s take the 3 year old for a hike up a path with a steep incline!” But you know what? My kids are sturdier than I thought. And these events have been a blast for all of us. I’m grateful that this is pushing us beyond our comfort zone.
The first Easter celebration was today. Lunch, egg hunts, and hanging out with family. But this is what really brought me joy today. These three souls. We ran out back for a quick photo. I was prepping myself for it to be like pulling teeth (because when you are a kid and your mom is constantly trying to make you pose for a photo, that is boorrriingggg) but to my pleasant surprise, I’ve realized I’ve entered the sweet spot of photographing my kids. The youngest knows the drill and we no longer have to chase/corral her like we did last year. The older two know how to laugh on command so I don’t need my husband to jump around like a crazy person behind me to break them out of the dreaded fake smile. And this… be still my heart. I told them to laugh at each other and they did this. I love their bond together. They may fight- all siblings do- but at the end of the day, they are best friends. I really hope they can stay this close as they grow up.
Easter morning. She’s inching closer to 10, and I know the days of childhood magic with her are running out. I’m excited (and a little nervous) to see her through the transition to teenager and then to young woman, but it’s reminding me to hold on tight to these moments. Spinning around the living room with a new ribbon wand, wrapped in the delight of the holiday.
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