Nothing quite like watching your son, decked out in full Batman attire (including face mask), joyfully dance around the living room singing “Let It Go” …
Fresh pineapple and tropical smoothies (“it tastes like vacation, Mama”). Lil Kickers. Cooper’s belly laughs. My parents and their love of my children. Grandparents who take a 3 year old to a marionette show. Overlapping naps. Family swim with a fearless toddler and energetic preschooler. Early bedtime. Wine and salad and House of Cards.
Today was a good day.
I don’t have any photos to show you of how adorable my children were tonight, so well-behaved while sitting at the table and smiling and laughing with one another and eating like good little people. You’ll just have to take my word for it.
Nor do I have any photos of the mouth-watering margs that the Mr. and I downed as we toasted to a family night and the hope that maybe one week soon we’ll actually have a M-F with both parents in town (hasn’t happened in 3 weeks and won’t happen for at least 2 more). But those salt-rimmed glasses were beautiful and just what I needed after a rough couple days.
We only end up at this particular Mexican restaurant once every few months, as it’s not all that convenient for us on a weekday and our weekends are generally packed. But it’s family friendly (without being totally overrun with rugrats), we love the food, and we love the margaritas even more. Most importantly, I always leave there feeling … I don’t know … more content? happier? connected to my family? I’ve come to associate it with such positive feelings, that when I walk in now, I just feel GOOD.
Tonight we discovered that Cooper loves salsa. Tonight Will told us, “I’m so happy my baby can walk and talk now. He’s my best friend.” Tonight A & I talked about my upcoming trip to Portland to say goodbye to my cousin and comfort her grieving parents. We sat with tears in our eyes, inches from our own children, and without speaking the words had a conversation about how unimaginable the pain must be when you lose a child.
Still, we left with smiles on our faces, laughing outside while we kicked around snow and waited for our car. And, as usual, I spent the ride home thinking about what a great dinner we’d had there.
Can’t wait to go back.
I might just be totally PMSing, but a few things happened today that got me a little choked up and left me feeling like I must be doing something right in raising my boys.
This afternoon I had a root canal (my first and hopefully last), and when Will asked about it I didn’t really sugar coat the explanation. In truth, a small part of me hoped that it would leave an impression in his mind about the importance of proper dental care. Anyway, he didn’t seem to care all that much … until bedtime. When I asked him to chose his books he said, “I’ll just pick one tonight so you don’t have to hurt your mouth reading. You should rest.” [insert lump in throat] Then, after we’d finished reading and shared a verse of You Are My Sunshine, I was fully prepared for the long, drawn-out routine of saying goodnight 17 ways as I try my best to exit the room. Nope. The kiddo said, “I’m going to be a good boy tonight and stay in my bed, Mama. I want you to take some medicine and lay down so you heal for tomorrow. [cue real tears]
He loooooves to climb up the stairs. Several times a day he will slink away nearly silently, and I’ll always find him on the stairs (yeah, I know, the gate needs to go back up). As soon as he spots me, he squeals, laughs, and hauls ass the rest of the way up to get away from me. It’s actually pretty adorable.
Well, today I caught him going up the stairs quite loudly. As I come up behind him the first time, I saw that he was carrying a hardcover novel that he’d pulled off the living room bookcase. Wondering what he was doing with it, I hung back just far enough to watch. The little bugger brought it to my nightstand where I keep the novels I’m reading now. Later, I followed him as he made his way up with a spoon from his play kitchen in hand. He used it to stir Lucy’s leftover breakfast in her food bowl up there. Finally, I followed him twice more as he brought some of Will’s favorite toys up, placing them on his big brother’s bed. Acts of kindness from a 17 month old.
He’s sweet. Just so genuinely kind and sweet that it warms my heart and puts yet another lump in my throat. I’m sure glad his dad passed that on because we all know he didn’t get it from me.
Wait, Amber & James are twins?
I’m kind of blown away by this discovery (which is incredibly sad, actually, in that it speaks volumes about what my life has become).
Me (calling mom at her office): You know how I got a temporary crown put on last Thursday? Well, the pain has been getting worse since then. Like, can’t sleep, ibuprofen does nothing, hurts to rinse my mouth after brushing kind of pain …
Mom: No. That’s not right. Call your dentist and get in today.
Me: But I …
Mom: I’ll leave the office now and stay with the boys. There is a bigger problem here.
Me: Okay …
[Mom gets in car and drives 45 minutes from her office to my house, when I know she’s very busy and will now be stuck at work late.]
See the dentist, chat, x-rays - she immediately sends me a few doors down North Ave to an endodontist. More chat, x-rays … and an appointment for a root canal in a few days. UGH.
My mom is always right. Also, she’s just the best.
I spent a huge chunk of time this afternoon and evening prepping food for this week. Now, here’s hoping that the time and energy I put in today will result in actually sticking to my clean eating plan. (AKA The Fit My Ass Back Into My Favorite Jeans Plan)
Bananas & Strawberries - sliced onto a parchment paper covered baking sheet, frozen, bagged for smoothies.
Beets - roasted, though I’m not quite sure what I’ll be doing with them yet.
Honeydew, Pineapple - cut into large chunks and packaged up for snacking.
Green Pepper & Zucchini- diced/sliced for Zucchini, Black Bean and Brown Rice Skillet dinner this week.
Brown Eggs - hard boiled, whites for me and yolks for kids.
Kale - prepped as both a side and main dish component for our dinner tomorrow - Turkey, Sweet Potato & Greens Neatloaf, a recipe I was thrilled to find after loving the dish at Beatrix last week.
Onion & Broccoli - diced/sliced for Creamy Broccoli & White Bean Soup to be made during naptime tomorrow.
Cucumbers, Carrots, Snap Peas, Radishes - apparently these are supposed to be snacks, so I have them portioned out in bags for when I’m desperate enough to eat them as snacks. BORING.
Now, off to plan which overnight oat and smoothie recipes I’ll be using this week. And obviously drink wine, eat pizza and watch the Oscars because duuuuuh.