Growing Up, Down, and All Around

Sometimes my 3 and 5 year old have strange requests.

No surprise there.

Sometimes they can seem so grown up, but one recent request made me feel like they were growing back down. You see, they asked to drink from sippy cups that they found in a semi-retired status in the kitchen.

My son & daughter had matching green & hot pink sippy cups.

My son & daughter had matching green & hot pink sippy cups.

I was slightly annoyed because they certainly don’t NEED sippy cups!  In fact, they typically drink from small glass cups, which is definitely more grown up behavior. I gave in because, after all, it’s JUST a cup and not worth the battle, and much to my delight, they chugged their milk from them. WIN for me & the sippy cups!

Perhaps the trip backwards gave them some thrill. Maybe they want to be like their little cousin and friends who aren’t even a year old. Sometimes you just need to change it up with your cup of choice I guess.

Whatever the cause, it was a good reminder that kids (and adults) don’t only grow up in a straight, diagonal line. They can grow up then back down, or simply plateau for a while, and that’s okay. Here’s my 3 year old, who still likes to snuggle after every meal. In this case, he wanted to sit on my lap after having ice cream.

Yup - still my baby boy!

Yup – still my baby boy!

As a parent, I’m the one who must adjust to their growth, and help myself to grow all-around to best support my kids, husband, and family as a whole. This is no small feat!

Growing up and being the grown-up IS tough stuff, so there are times when I have to remind myself to kick back, relax, and be a kid. See the world through childlike eyes and tip one back in my own sippy cup!

My version of a sippy cup! Cheers to growing up, down & all around!

My version of a sippy cup! Cheers to growing up, down & all around!

A Quiet Room of Kids Makes Me Nervous

All was quiet as I made dinner.

Too quiet.

The kind of quiet that makes me nervous.

Our house is somewhat compartmentalized into different rooms; no open concept here with a view from the kitchen into the living room. With this setup, I really  didn’t know what my kids were up to.

I knew just minutes before my three year old wanted to play trains with the wooden set, so I pulled down a bin of wooden train bridges, track, and buildings. However, no clanking of wooden pieces could be heard.

While I was enjoying the peace and quiet, focusing on making salmon patties on the stove, I almost forgot that my kids were in the other room.

I walked into the hall and rounded the corner to peer into the living room not sure what I’d find.

“What are you doing?” I asked as I walked closer.

Much to my surprise, this is what I found:

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Lacing card fun

My sweet children playing with lacing cards that were next to the train bin I had just pulled out minutes earlier.

Wow – maybe I don’t need to be nervous when my house is quiet – well, at least not ALL the time.

5 Senses of our Summer

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Eek! July 1st already?! Where is summer going? Here’s a look back at my similar freak out moment from last summer. And we are enjoying similar sites, sounds, and tastes of summer again this year. Cheers to more summer fun and a great 4th of July!

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Can you believe how quickly summer is going?  I had a freak-out moment after the 4th of July weekend, realizing how my daughter would be starting 4K before we know it!

Reflecting on our summer thus far, I can’t help but think it is truly a season to experience with all five senses.  Here’s a little about our summer according to our senses:

Summer Looks Like

Trips to the zoo:

  • watching the sting ray soar through the water (and touching their smooth, slimy skin)
  • taking in the beautiful patterns of a giraffe
  • noticing the reflection of the rhino in his wading pool
  • watching the black bear bathe so comfortably
  • seeing a lion fish up-close-and personal
  • spying a small seahorse with its tail curved around a piece of coral.

 

Amazing Animals we saw during a trip to the zoo: Sting Ray touch pool, Bathing bear, Rhino and his reflection in the pond, lion fish, and Giraffe stretching so tall Amazing Animals we saw during a trip to the zoo: Sting Ray touch pool, Bathing bear, Rhino and his reflection in…

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