Wednesday, July 20, 2011
9 years ago I became a mother for the first time...wow. We had a picture just like this one made-her tiny feet just barely more than the length of my big toe and now she's getting ever closer to catching up to me. But the memories along the way are a well-worn quilt, some so familiar & special, some repeated in the other kids, some with "holes" in them because we've forgotten the little details...all of them keep my heart warm & cozy.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Macy spent last week at Horsemanship Camp. There are no words to describe her joy, the fun that she had, and her blissful exhaustion at the end of each day. It was a well-done camp where they spent a full day learning all about horses, how to take care of & saddle them, & how to ride them.
Her horse was named Smokey and it was love at first sight. She still loved Smokey, even after the horse bucked her off on the first day & tried to kick her. I always knew the true test of Macy's horse affection would come the day she was bucked off. It's inevitable for it to happen...but as the saying goes, you have to get right back on and that's what Macy did. Always before in life, if something hurts her, she abandons ship...case in point-riding a bike. It took her a while to learn to ride because she fell...and it hurt...and she was ready to quit. But, horses are in her blood & have withstood the test.
On the last day, the riders put on a little program to show off all that they had learned. Macy grinned from ear to ear. She can't wait to go back next year!
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Favorites are where our kids show their differences & similarities. Two of mine LOVE animals, 2 of them really don't. A different set of twos drink milk like water in the desert, one can't stand it, one drinks it 50/50. One likes green beans, one likes only raw veggies, one will eat any of them, the other's favorite is tomatoes. Their favorite meal is ham & swiss stromboli across the board. Macy's favorite color is lime green (different from last year when it was light blue), Jack's is red, Lily's is-guess-is pink, and Ava hasn't decided yet. Some favorites are a part of their tapestry & will never change...some change frequently. Some I have influence over, others appear without my knowing.
Maybe it's second nature, maybe it's just that we live with them 24/7, but mommas know this information like a CEO knows a balance sheet or bottom line. It's our job, after all!
Ava...my baby girl...turned two last Saturday.
Then, she woke up two & seems determined to prove it to me...
One of the most precious traits of Ava is how appreciative she is...this sweet little girl tells me "Tank you momma" all the time. For everything. She remembers when all the others forget. Thank you for buying her a treat, for getting her a cup of milk, even for changing her diaper in the middle of the night...ohhh, melt my heart, you adorable little monkey!
So, I'm going back to burying my head in the sand, pretending that she's still a baby...and I'm okay with the fact that she's still a little more clingy-my velcro baby-wanting to stay close to MY side & cherishing every single nap time that she lets me snuggle her & "wock me baby" (rock me like a baby), holding on to that fleeting time because I know it won't last much longer.
Friday, July 1, 2011
Baseball in the back yard...it's a favorite past time around here.
The next picture was taken by Macy-she takes some good ones! Especially since she has no idea how to adjust settings on the camera. This is me helping Ava run to base as Dad tags us out & Lily wants in on the action.
Another by Macy...
This one is too...Ava decided she was more of a spectator than player so she joined the
Annnnd....this one is by Jack.