After watching the video, I checked out her book from the library and read it. And while it wasn't exactly my type of book, it did force me to think about my children growing up and how fast it all really will go by. When you think about it, taking care of small children is such a very tiny part of our lives. Yet, when you are taking care of three toddlers under the age of four, it seems like the runny noses, dirty diapers, night time interruptions and constant corrections will last forever.
In an effort to try and keep perspective, and to make sure I can record as much as possible about this time in our lives, I thought I would make a list of some of the ordinary things that make up my days with my wonderful kiddos.
Cuddles on the chair holding at least two sometimes three kids while watching Gabba, Curious George or some other children's program that drives me bonkers (Barney, Dora, Pinky Dinky Do).
Preparing, and cleaning up three meals a day for three kids that often just want to eat grilled cheese, peanut butter and jelly or mac n cheese, not the well thought out, well planned, balanced meals I have fixed that day.
Playing games like Memory or Splish Splash or better yet, the games out of the back of the Highlights magazines.
Hearing a million times a day, "I'm done," being hollered from the bathroom.
Bath time with three babes who all love to see how much water they can get out of the bathtub and onto the floor.
Doing "school" which basically amounts to us singing songs, talking about the calendar and weather, coloring pictures and doing some phonics/reading lessons with Isabelle.
Breaking up arguments between Isabelle and Molly one moment and then seeing them play together wonderfully the next.
Kisses, hugs and snuggles all day long.
Cookie parties and dance parties.
Hearing made up stories from the girls. Molly just told us that her grandpa had a polar bear that hurt his eye and that her grandpa told the polar bear, "don't eat my chips."
Molly calling Jason, Grandpa and me, Grandma. Molly calling herself Kenna or Lauren or Will, calling Lawson, Seeda, and calling Isabelle, Hannah.
Taking walks to the neighborhood park or just playing in the backyard.
Reading books like, Can I Just take a Nap, Pete the Cat, Kiss Kiss Yuck Yuck, Madeline, Hurricane Henrietta, The Thingamajigs, Cat in the Hat, and I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas over and over and
Saturday morning breakfast with donuts or pancakes or cinnamon rolls but always together as a family.
Telling my girls repeatedly that they are beautiful and look so pretty despite the crazy outfits they choose to wear.
Tucking in and singing songs and saying prayers and giving "one last hug and kiss" every night at bedtime.
So there you have it, some (but not all) of the ordinary things that take place during our days. I am in a phase right now where I really, really, really don't want my kids to get any older (especially Isabelle). I can't imagine a time where she won't want to give me kisses on the lips or hold my hand or sit on my lap or tell me how much she loves me or even that she is so glad I am her mom. And frankly, I know that time is coming and will be here before I know it. I don't want to see the end of her asking if I'd like some loving or crawling into bed with us in the mornings to snuggle. And since I know that I don't have control over time, I am trying to soak in every kiss, every hug and every moment of her being four instead of being sad at how fast it is all going by. I encourage you, no matter what phase of mothering you are in, to capture some of the ordinary moments in your day. Write them down so that you can remember the perfectly ordinary days that I am sure will be what you will treasure most after the kids are gone and living lives of their own.