3. The little bottle of bubbles that comes with the $2.00 bubble shooter isn't big enough. This is way too fun!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
- A watch will sink to the bottom of the toilet.
- Ideally, alll bathroom doors should be shut at all times. If this isn't possible because there is a 3-year-old in the house, all toilets should be very clean and flushed at all times.
- Cheap watches are definitely not waterproof.
- It's best to have a cheap watch when you put it where a toddler can reach it.
- It's a lucky thing that a toddler generally can't flush quickly.
- Toddlers aren't always on the move, or noisy.
- When a toddler isn't busy or noisy, you'd better stop what you're doing and see why.
- If you have to go to the bathroom when a toddler is in the house, you'd better be fast.
- A toddler can hide in small places.
- A toddler is very quiet when she's hiding.
- There are many toddler-size hiding places in a house.
- Don't panic! After all, if all the doors (including the bathrooms) are all the way closed...how far could she have gone?
- A 3-year-old is not much help when you're looking for a toddler.
- The 3-year-old may have helped the toddler hide. This becomes evident when the toddler is found in a dark closet with the door all the way closed.
- When you're looking for a toddler, check the very back recesses of the closet too.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
I have the most lovely grandchildren!
I had almost forgotten how much there is to learn from looking at the world through a child's eyes. Bridger and Kacy are happy just about every second of the day. Their brief unhappy moments pass like a blink and are forgotten, and they're on to the next adventure. Every little action throughout the day is an event--a happy discovery; each day is a connect-the-dot journey from miracle to miracle.
It makes me remember how much I loved my "Mommy Years". I tried to immerse myself in each stage of being a mother. It saddens me to hear young mothers say "I can't wait til she can hold her bottle", "I can't wait til he starts school" or "I can't wait until I can go back to work". I never wished those years and stages away. I knew they would go by faster than I could imagine. And they did. I'm grateful that I have no huge regrets--I was far from being a "perfect" mother and there are things I would do differently if I could do it again; but I know that in any mothering moment I did the best I could at that time. There were definitely moments that weren't great, but at least I was trying. And there were times when somehow I managed to do and say and be just right!
Even now I love the stage of motherhood (and grandmotherhood) that I am in. My children are grown and doing well. (Their happiness and self-esteem is a credit to their own strength and choices, not to any great thing Jerry or I did as parents.) I'm proud of my kids!
As for being Grandma... this is the reward for being Mom. I'm loving this time I have with Bridger and Kacy! The only bittersweet part of it is that I miss my other grandkids a lot.
I love you with all my heart Bridger... Kacy... Mason... Ericka... RJ... Quintin... Emily.
(Illustrations for this post coming soon!)