Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I have the three greatest kids on the planet!

Bold statement I know, but really, I do.

Most moms would tell you that they feel the same as I do about her own children, but today, in this moment, I would have to tell someone they were really, mine are the best...

The reality of change is hitting this momma pretty hard. My husband will be returning to a completely "nutso" schedule with school, mowing business and a little Lenscrafters sprinkled in. I'm sending my oldest off into the world of kindergarten. My middle will be gaining some independence with 4 hours of preschool a week. Suddenly, no one needs me anymore.

Off they go.

I've been a stay-at-home mom for almost 6 years know devoting my life to loving, cuddling, entertaining, teaching, loving, loving, loving, did I mention entire life to these kids. Each day since the day Aubrey Lynne was born, Megan has been eating, sleeping (sometimes), breathing, & pooping motherhood. I confess that I haven't always savored those moments, and there have been times where Brandon has come home to a very (ahem) stressed out if you will mommy. (to put it lightly) There have been days where I've felt like a complete and utter failure, where I've said, "I can't do this anymore," when I've thought about going back to a job outside the home.

Back to my original thought, oh yeah, my kids...they're great...

Reality=my realizing these moments with them are short lived. I've lived this summer, as I was telling Brandon, "in the moment." I've sat and watched, observed, and marveled at these 3 blessings. Our house has been an utter disaster since Memorial Day, we've run out of underwear on a number of occasions...and I can tell you that I don't really care. I've stared at Aubrey for minutes recently just studying Aubrey's beautiful green/brown eyes and freckles and ask myself, when did this happen, her getting so big? I've dropped cutting up raw chicken to wash my hands so that I could follow Adelynne back to her room to praise her for the job she did making her bed. We've had more movie nights cuddled on the couch than I can count. I've laughed at Nolan's little teeder-toddling numerous times. I've thought many times this summer, man, these kids are so awesome.

Today as I sat in the girls room just watching, I marveled at how well these 3 love, adore and admire each other. Do they fight? Yes! Do they make me crazy with the bickering? Yes! Do I wish they would just let Nolan be and keep their hands off of him? Holy cow YES! But, I watched all 3 of them sitting on the floor having a tea party. Aubrey helped Nolan to hold his cup the right way. Adelynne showed him how to set it down on the saucer just so. He's quite boisterous and messes up their stuff a lot, but in this moment they were all patient and helpful. You can't imagine what it means to me to watch the girls lovingly teach that little boy.

And thus the thought...

I have the three greatest kids on the planet!

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