Sunday, May 30, 2010

In Full Bloom...

We discover new corners of our neighborhood on sunny Sunday afternoons.


Monday, May 24, 2010

Magic Moment

Dad and daughter...a very special relationship....

Friday, May 21, 2010

Friends

Willow loves the company of Kyran. He's older than her by almost two years, very smart and talkative and has a similar type of gentleness about him. He is so patient and sweet with her, a perfect play mate. They played constantly for two days straight.....the favorite game seemd to be playing 'nest' on the top bunk of Kyran's bed with stuffed animals...and Willow's favorite stuffed animal- a softy version of Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

34 Months!

"At this very moment the stillness of the late afternoon radiates as the sun warms my skin. I am feeding the kids snacks as per Willow's command. She is an amazing life force and will keep us all on track for the rest of our time on this planet. Silas and I are getting messy in the grass while Willow sits on the porch and eats. 'I love you!' she calls out to me. I can't remember how old she was when she started saying that. Now it is a staple in our everyday conversation. I can't imagine my life without it. " A journal excerpt. It is impossible to capture moments, but I certainly try. These days are filled with challenges, sleeplessness, tears and sometimes tantrums but I would not trade them for anything. To watch her while she is in the throws of mastering a new skill, seeing things through her new 'person hood' eyes or just being in the sheer bliss of a moment is a constant reminder to me of the perfection of her.She loves to 'perform' for us, a small audience of two, on the grass. "Mom, watch me!" Like being seen by me is some kind of confirmation of being alive. I am thrilled that I still play that big of a role in her life. I wonder, some days, when I hear her fiercely push me away and exclaim, "NO! I can do it MYSELF!" for the hundredth time. She is in a beautiful space, caught on the edges between complete dependence and the beginnings of independence. Some days I just want to hold onto her so tight...but I know that parenting is a process of learning to let go. And those leaps are just the most magical things I have ever witnessed!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Best Friends...

Another lovely day in the backyard. The kids are so lucky to have good friends like Caili and Addison and Shelby and I are lucky that we have each other to 'trade off' with when necessary. It's true, having four kids under the watchful eye is not something that I ever thought I could do, but being in our beautiful backyard space makes it totally do-able. This picture just captures the silly fun and girl-y sass that happens when these two play together. They are both such talkative, smart little people that it is no wonder they enjoy each other's company. And they are only one week apart in age. Willow has proclaimed "Mom, Caili is my BEST friend!!


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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day

Mother's Day with Willow...my puddle stomper, ear to ear grinner, sweet, soft hearted, whipper snapper smart, beautiful daughter...

Later in the day, at bath time I overheard a conversation that she was having with Adam. "Dad, what is your wish for a thing that you never were? I'd like to be a pelican...."

I love my family!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Spring Blizzards

"Mom, where do the ladybugs go when it snows?"

Monday, May 3, 2010

Bike Practice

Getting some time in the back yard to practice on the trike. She was getting the hang of it quite nicely until frustration set in. All those bumps and cracks in the pavement interrupted her otherwise smooth sailing. I don't think she liked the analogy about life I used to try to explain....

Sunday, May 2, 2010

A Gift....

Things were quiet in the house. A little too quiet. I was getting suspicious. Quite often when this type of stillness settles on the house, a huge load of chaos is about to be unleashed. She is in my computer room...probably messing about, getting into things she shouldn't be, probably wrecking some of my crafty supplies. I open the door, slightly miffed already, and what do I find? Willow is sitting perfectly at my little table with her bead box out, peacefully crafting all on her own. She is putting colored beads on a pipe cleaner. This is the very first time she has ever made a craft from beginning to end entirely by herself. When she sees me look in on her she says, "Mom, can I sit in your chair? I am making a craft. is that okay?" And do you know what she was making? A bracelet for me. She was so proud and excited she talked about it for days. "Do you like your bracelet Mom?" "Are you wearing your bracelet, Mom?" She is such a sweet, smart cookie. This gift to me, the first of it's kind, truly is a treasure.