Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Snow Day

Back when Josh was a little chunk with a round face and "rubber band" wrists, I used to remind myself to enjoy the season. When he would wake up in the middle of the night, I would try to remember that soon the day would come when I wouldn't have sweet times of silence in a moonlit bedroom to cuddle with my sweet boy and feel his baby breaths on my neck as he fell back asleep. One day he would be too old to play peek-a-boo with his crib bumper and he would no longer squeal with delight each time he discovered me.

It's always a temptation to want to get past the current season, rather than savoring it and storing away snapshots in my mind. Fully living out the moments is difficult when there's so much to be accomplished on any given day. Sometimes I don't leave enough room for the special moments.


Almost 10 years later, I'm in a different season with Josh. I don't do multiple loads of laundry with clothes covered in spit up and diaper blow outs. The weary walks down the hall in the middle of the night to answer a desperate cry are few and far between. He won't sit still long enough to cuddle. That time has melted away.


It's like a snow day. I've been to the snow, but I had never experienced a snow day until a snow truck came to Jason's preschool. The children sat and looked on in awe as it "snowed" a layer of beautiful, sparkling white powder and formed an icy carpet, just waiting for little rubber boots to come and make prints.



Jason had his time....


He laughed and frolicked.


He chased his friends with hastily made balls of fluff.


He reveled in the moment and I delighted in his happiness.


I couldn't help but want Josh to experience the wonderland as well, so I took him on a surprise date after school. I told him that we had something far more important to do than his homework that afternoon. His eyes widened as he wondered what could be more pressing than completing his projects.


This is more important! You will always have your homework, but we can only have a snow day today!


At first he was hestitant and didn't want to use something that was meant for the preschoolers, but I assured him that they were done. It would be an absolute shame if he didn't thoroughly enjoy this landscape!


And then he had his snow day.


I don't remember if he finished his homework that afternoon, or whether we had a decent meal that evening. We laughed, we played, and we felt the joy. We caught the moment before it melted away and became an icy river that splashed down the parking lot and into the gutter.



Some days are just meant to be snow days!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

February Thoughts

Here it is, already February 18th. February is practically two-thirds over, and I've neglected this blog all month.

I really haven't done anything too out of the ordinary... the month just flew by.

I am still nesting. My dear husband helped me reorganize the entire kitchen. My utensil drawers look so beautiful, I think I might cry. In the past 12 years, they have never once looked so dignified... I hope it lasts. You never know... I might just become a better cook as a result of this kitchen organization and beautification project.

Furthermore, I have also done what I can to rid the world of mini skirts. Well, really it's been just thoughts of obliteration and letters to an editor somewhere. Call me crazy, but I think a girl should be able to sit down in a skirt without, well... I think I'm done with this topic. Anyone else think there should be an "Add 6-8 Inches" campaign?

Yesterday, I went to see a surgeon. He wants to cut my stomach open and fix my umbilical hernia in the near future. Absolutely! I happen to be in a good mood, so why not? Bring on the abdominal surgery... I haven't done that since 2000, so I'm due!

Other than that, I've been planning a birthday party for a certain 9 year old that goes double digits next month! And I've been looking into his class trip to "Gold Country." We might go to a "live history" camp. They have a hoedown in the evening, which makes me completely giddy! If I weren't already gainfully employed as a wife and mother, I might just consider working at a live history camp. I think I could be a 49er. I could definitely pretend to be one!

So there you are. Some random life activities.

Has February brought any random life activities your way?
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