As our whirl wind spring slowed into a sunny summer, I sat back and one day realized that this extra time with the kiddos has been amazing. Usually I am climbing the walls trying to find ways to entertain the kids as I crabbily countdown the days until school resumes.
This summer has been completely different. I have loved having the kids home. I love waking up and having a whole day to be all together and to just let the day unfold as we go on whatever little adventures suit our fancy.
All in all it has been a perfect change from our usually run-around-all-day-and-come-home-tired-and-crabby modes.
A few days ago, I was thinking about each of the children, and I realized that they are each in such a great mode right now. One that I could so easily overlook as I busied ourself to death over the past 6 months.
We are doing a little reading course with Ben, and as I was watching him discover a whole new world of words, I went through each of the children in my mind and discovered that within the past month, each one of them has gone through a huge phase of milestones...
Elizabeth... well, I have decided that she lives life in hyperdrive. She crawled at 6 months (starting out right in the middle of our move... great timing??!)
And is now so wanting to enter the walking world...
She gets so excited when she pulls herself up, and then tries so hard to take some steps out. So far nothing close to success, but I have no doubt she will be running laps around me in the near future!She has also decided that baby food is, well, not for all babies. She will only take a bit of the 'smooshy' stuff, and then she dives for the real food. Her look of triumph when she get a piece of 'big people's' food is priceless :).
I wish I could have gotten a picture of Ben's face when he read his first story - it was the cutest thing ever. Every single dimple made an appearance. He was so proud of himself! It's so fun to see him starting to come into his own instead of live in the wake of Seth and Sarah's activity schedule.
Joshy has entered the world of potties... *Shudder*. I have to admit - there are many aspects of motherhood that I cherish. Potty training is not one of those aspects. Every time it shows up on the horizon, I tend to first push it off as long as possible (I can come up with some great excuses to push it off just a 'little bit' longer...), and then gripe, complain, and outright scream as we wind our way through the path to potty hood. Wish me luck on this one!!
Seth and Sarah... well, I need to write a whole post about this one, but last month they turned the magical age of 8. In our church, this is where they get to be baptized and start a whole new path in life. Needless to say, it was a day full of amazing emotions. I was trying so hard to make it memorable for them, and try to take time to capture the spirit and wonderment of it all in my own mind. All in all, it was an incredible day filled with family, love, and a huge dose of the spirit. Definitely one of those moments that as a parent gives me a tiny glimpse into the eyes of Heavenly Father as he looks down upon us, wanting us so much to do the right things and rejoicing when we take even the tiniest of baby steps back home to Him.