Friday, August 12, 2011

Another Week Gone...

I took very few pictures this week. Don't worry, I'm not ill or anything.

We did a lot of the usual; running errands, playing in the backyard, even went out of town to visit some friends yesterday. Thinking about my post today, I decided to pull out the camera this morning so the Grands wouldn't go into withdrawal for lack of pictures. But a funny thing happened on the way to the backyard...

Today I didn't take pictures for the Grands, or for my readers, or even for my children (seeing as how this has become their virtual baby books). Today I took pictures for me. Actually, for the future me.

Outside it was seventy two degrees with a light breeze. The sky was a beautiful blue, with wispy clouds that made you nostalgic for a park, a blanket, and time to just reflect. I found myself reflecting on my children as they played on the swings, dug in the dirt (naturally), and shared (or stole, depending on where you were standing) the tricycle. I listened as Grace let her imagination spill out of her mouth, telling Mark about her cooking. She rushed to make pancakes as Mark happily brought dirt to the table for her to cook with.

The weather and innocence of play combined to make me feel nostalgic for what was playing out right before my eyes. I was watching Grace and Mark through the eyes of the future - knowing that mornings like this would be what I would miss.

For my future self, to help you remember:

When Mark was small enough to sit on your belly
and squeal with delight as you rocked him back and forth...

When Grace would literally jump on your back
in the hopes of a horsie ride...

When she brought to your attention the
smallest things that you would pass by...

When she concentrated so hard on making
the perfect mud pancakes...

When she showed such pride in herself for what
she had made (despite any fashion faux paus
her mother committed with her clothing)...

When, despite the joy it would bring to your kids,  you decided
to save the life of a snail by keeping its hiding place a secret...

Knowing the kids would make other discoveries, like
the worm in the grass only a toddler would see...

Yes, they will grow up. But somehow, they just keep
getting better.

And on another day, when the sky is blue and
the clouds beg for reflection, you will
have your memories.

Awwwww.... quit yer snifflin'. Next week they'll be throwing rocks into the toilets, lauching blueberry yogurt onto the windows and eating the dirt pancakes. Trust me.

Since today was actually a pleasure, and I'm in a pretty good (albeit nostalgic) mood, I thought I'd share yet another first. The kids got haircuts. Grace is a pro, and had no problems in the chair:

"Yes, as a matter of fact I AM the star of the Sunshine blog!"

A little pampering to make sure I look fabulous for the camera...
Mark, on the other hand, was a bit less enthusiastic, as this was his first cut...

"I was saving that hair!"

"C'mon people! It took me 16 months just to grow
the hair I've got!!"
Okay, time to pull out the big guns. I don't think there is a man on the planet who cannot be sated with just a small bit of television or video games. My son is proof:

"Ooooohhh! Look! An iPhone! Go ahead
lady, do whatever you want."

Mark is actually watching himself
through the phone's camera.
(Apparently he finds himself as entertaining as we do!)
I hope your week didn't completely pass you by. Take some time to just sit back and watch your loved ones. Young or old, God has really created some amazing people! Have fun this week and if you can't find anyone around worth watching, you can always use the camera on your phone to watch yourself. Mark swears it's pretty enteraining.


Tracey said...

I love all the pictures you took for yourself. Thank you for the reminder to slow down and enjoy the children. That is one of the reasons I homeschool. I don't want to miss out on all of those experiences with them. Why then have I spent the last week sort of making myself crazy (and ignoring my children) to get ready for school? I shall slow down and pay attention. I promise, and if I don't, bap me on the head.

You pay for haircuts? YOU. I can cut their hair for free. If you quit cutting those bangs, you'll have a little face framing braid in no time. Free hair cuts. Call me.

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Such a lovely post! Tracey sent me the link to see how you thoroughly enjoyed the cute. It always pays off to slow down and ENJOY.

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jazzygal said...

Some lovely pictures there, looks like you're having a great summer! I haven't visited you here in a while,,,I don't know why! 'Summer' in Ireland is a bit of a misnomer I'm afraid. Miserable. In fact it's now officially the coldest summer in 50 years! Yet today i resonated with your last paragraph and thoi=ught to myself...'don't let this pass by, he'll be grown up before you know it'

Lovely post:-)

xx Jazzy

Not Blessed Mama said...

oh no, you deleted a comment? i'm worried now.
p.s. what i came to say was, quit slackin' mama! post!

Sunshine SAHM said...

@Tracey: Yes, I paid for haircuts. To be honest, I paid for pictures of haircuts. From now on they're on their own. ;) Oh, and thanks for passing the link on to Jill!
@Jill: Hi! Glad you stopped by to visit.
@JazzyGal: I'll try to remember the miserable (by California standards) cold weather when I see all those wonderfully green picturesque scenes you're always posting. Yes, the time goes by too quickly though, doesn't it?
@NBM: I noticed at the top of this post, it reads: Don't worry, I'm not ill or anything. Hmph. Famous last words. We have been really busy, and then we got the flu. Nice eh? No worries though, got a post out tonight.
@Anyone else still reading this: Now you know why I miss the old comment system! I could respond to you each individually, AND avoid the crazy spammers who have started to hunt me down!!!