I had a goal to not let the kids watch tv or play on the iPad or iPhone today. That meant when I got up I really had to get up and not just lay on the couch with the tv on. I am so not a morning person.
We made it through the day with lots of books, lots of Aaron Copland music (marching through the marching songs, galloping and yelling “yeeeeee-haw!” through the cowboy songs, and pretending to sleep and be sad through the sad/night night songs), also lots of They Might Be Giants which meant lots of dancing and singing along. Very loudly.
We had some helpers come grind down a tree stump. That added some excitement. Mostly watching them drive into the alley and unload the machine. Pretty disappointed when they found out they had to go in the house. Watching from the upstairs window was only fun for about 29 seconds.
And when the little Girl Scout came to my door I could not turn her away without buying 2 boxes of ridiculously overpriced cookies. Adam did not like either kind, but he tried hard to lick the chocolate off of the Samoas. Kevin loved the Samoas but did not like the Savanna Smiles, although he ate it. I was proud of him for trying something new. Alice devoured one of each and wanted more to go along with the peanut butter M&Ms she discovered today. Adam didn’t like the M&Ms. I offered to get him regular ones if he would use the toilet. He said, “No. I don’t want to do dat.” I wish I could write out the choppy, truncated way he said it. I love listening to him speak.
What a wonderful day together. I love being able to see the little things they do every day that I just melt over. I try to ignore all the really annoying stuff.
Undoubtedly the best part of the day was watching the kids throw open the door and run to the end of the driveway yelling for daddy. Alice was toddling behind but usually she’s the only one running to greet him. It’s the most precious thing ever. Daddy’s little girl.
I love to see all three of my kids play together.