Thursday, November 15, 2012


- Drawing and colouring with Julia. "I want to be an artist when I grow up."

- Listening to Marley's babbles (I should record them - such wonderful sounds).

- Jason reading the bedtime story.

- Hunter being beyond ecstatic about getting the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Joys of Parenting

Often our lives are so busy we don't take a moment to reflect on the wonder of what is, instead we are looking forward and looking back. One of the best things about children is that they are most often (if not always) fully and completely in the now. Sometimes this is great, watching them experience pure joy (playing, learning something new, etc.), sometimes not so much - when something terrible/painful happens it's hard for them to see that it is temporary or that it will get better as they fully experience all the pain too. Anyway, this is a bit of a long introduction to a few bullet points of today's joys:

- Me: I'm stuffed. Julia: with fluff? This is typical but I love it when at any meal Julia responds this way to "I'm stuffed." We can't even fool her with "I'm stoofed" because she just responds with "With floof?". Love, love, love.

- Blazing a new trail through the snow on the way home from school, especially Hunter running to Julia so that she can join he and his friend on their walk home at lunch (even if it means Marley and I are on our own). Even better, the three of them quickly deciding to join up with us.

- Crinkle, crinkle, crinkle - the sound of Marley figuring out that if she taps the toy it makes a crinkle sound. Crinkle, crinkle, crinkle.

Being a Mum is a gift.