Thursday, February 16, 2006

This strange quiet is unsettling

I only have two children in my house today. And they're both taking naps right now, so it's eerie in here. Chan is sick, CBB is with his Mimi while his parents are out of town, Kady spent the night with Mom last night, so it's only me, CBG and CLB. Weird, huh? I laid them down for their morning naps and then wandered around aimlessly for awhile. I really should clean the bathroom, but that is just no dang fun. So I didn't. I'm blogging instead.

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It's flippin' HOT in here! Paul got chilly last night and built a dang fire even though it was like, 60 outside. So now this morning it's 62 and the fireplace blowers are still running. I've got the front and back doors open in an attempt to let the heat out. The high today is supposed to be 69 and then BOOM the bottom is supposed to fall out this afternoon and plummet the temps down to the 40's. Frickin' Oklahoma weather. THEN we've got a chance of snow Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Of course, my jonquils are trying to come up in the sideyard.

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Abby brought home a paper last night for a cheer exhibition/workshop thing this weekend. They go to a day camp thing, learn some cheers and a routine and then perform at the college's halftime games next Monday. The deadline was yesterday, yet they passed out the papers 15 minutes before school was out yesterday. So I hope to hell they don't charge extra for late registration since it was their fault. She really wants to do it and I will gladly shell out the $25 for it. That child is so shy and introverted that any time she wants to do any public performing I let her. But before I agreed I said, "You do realize you will be performing at halftime at NEO's basketball game, right?" She quietly said, "Uh, no......I did not know that.....but you know what, I want to do it anyway." Here's hoping she'll follow through.

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Tonight is Brownies, but I'm dreading it. The weather is so kooky and the wind is supposed to switch from out of the south to the north this afternoon. Do you KNOW what that does to children? It makes them freakin' wolverines, that's what it does. I'm thinking a little Benadryl in their juice might help.....

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Last night was LOST. I wish just once they'd answer a question in the same episode it is introduced. I guess that's what keeps us lemmings coming back, though.

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I got my Biggest Loser workout DVD yesterday. Haven't even cracked the plastic yet. I wonder when I'll get around to that . . . Probably when all of the Valentine's candy and cupcakes are gone.

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Yesterday was so nice that when the kids got home I sent them outside to play. They have created a little "village" of sorts out in the woods next to the house. They call it Roxenboxen after a book Mom has at her house about some kids who made a city out of boxes and things lying around. It's a cute, captivating book, so the kids decided they needed a Roxenboxen of their own. It was starting to get dark so I went out to holler them in. Kady was closest and came running. Just seeing her little ponytail with the red ribbon in it flying out behind her and her little pink jacket falling off her shoulder made me literally catch my breath at the wonder of being a parent. She was just so amazing in that moment. She came through the gate and ran toward me with her arms out. I scooped her up and smelled her neck - that little kid playing outside smell - and she giggled. My gosh, I was so in love with her. When Sam saw me kissing and swinging her around he hit the gate in a dead run right at me. I put Kady down and held my arms out for him. I did the same thing - scooped him up and buried my face in his neck. He giggled and kissed my cheek. Abby came sauntering through the gate and smiled at me, but didn't break into a run and come at me with arms open. She did, however, as she got closer, walk a little faster and when she reached me she threw her arms around me and squeezed for all she was worth. She's nearly as tall as I am and it makes me sad to think that my days of her running at me and being scooped up and swung around are probably over. I rested my chin on the top of her head and she giggled. We walked to the house, her arm around my waist, my arm around her shoulder, the other two running around us, whooping and hollering. So maybe I can't pick her up and spin her around anymore . . . but I think I might like the next phase just as much.

7 comments:

~April~ said...

Diva, you just know how to make a grown woman cry.

Hillbilly Mom said...

Gosh! You are OH SO GOOD with kids! You are the Martha Stewart of educational activities!

YOUR kids built a Roxenboxen after reading a book. MY kids put some branches over the top of a sinkhole after their hillbilly father said it would make a good clubhouse. I am in awe. I would blog about it, but that was the third post I ever did, back on April 19 on my Redneck Review blog.

MamaKBear said...

Awwww, I bet you wish you'd had a video camera right at that moment!

They grow up so fast...I can't believe Meghan will be a year old in just a couple of months! Seems like just yesterday I was bringing her home from the hospital.

Sigh...

Anonymous said...

What a lovely post! That was the sweetest thing I ever read from a mom! Especially the part about Abbey. She's growing up and those tween years are around the corner. What a great mom you are!

Jerzeegrrl said...

Ahhh, Diva.... ch, cha, changes.... but the next phase will have it's ups and downs, I'm sure....the ups to far outweigh the downs.

CISSY said...

That was a very sweet post about Abbey. you should save these all in a special place, and let her read them when she's much older (like 30, or 40) and has a daughter of her own. She'll appreciate it.

Stacie said...

Oh, Ab, I remember when you were born. No child was ever wanted more than that baby girl. And I remember when Sam was born, I stopped by and gave you some Calgon and a big ole bag of chocolate (I think that was you..lol), and I was outside hanging clothes on the line when you called and said "Sorry, I didn't make it to your party last night, but I wasn't feeling very well. You see, I'm pregnant". I screamed and hollered into the phone and dropped my clean clothes on the grass. Kady makes three. Time does go by so fast. Just wait until they get taller than you. The only way I can put my chin on the top of Shael's head is if she stands on her knees. She's about an inch taller than me now. Can you believe that? She still wants to run up to me and hug me and tries to sit on my lap. I feel like Papa Elf on Elf, holding this great big baby.
Enjoy every minute of it all.