Happy #NationalSiblingsDay – Love ya sis #TBT

I have A LOT of pictures on my blog of my kids, and I truly love seeing them grow up as brother and sister.  They are best buds, well most of the time when someone isn’t taking a toy away or wrestling the other!

It reminds me of my own childhood, growing up with my sister.  We had our phases of teasing, name-calling (buttwipe and poopstain were favorites), reading my older sister’s diary, pulling pranks (mostly on gullible me), and pinning one another down to spit on the other’s face. Later on in high school we came to appreciate each other more as we shared clothes!  It was when my big sister moved away to college that we really grew close.

As she so often reminds me, she paved the way for me and made my life easier.  She “broke-in” Mom and Dad and headed to the big city of Madison for college, where I later followed and became her roommate my sophomore year. We grew closer through the years, becoming best friends who understand each other in ways outsiders cannot. We can also be so very honest with each other (in a way only family can do) and help each other through whatever life brings – marriage, kids, sickness, happiness, etc.

I came across these oldie, but goodie pictures from 2005.  Like good friends do, we asked each other if we had anything in our teeth in the top picture.  Satisfied that we were okay, we smiled for the picture below.

2005 shot - Checking to make sure our smiles are food-free.

I love my sister! 2005 shot – Checking to make sure our smiles are food-free.

I can’t imagine my life without her and her lovely family.  We are fortunate to live close by and frequently have play dates with our energetic and fun kids, all aged 2.5 – almost 6.  Love ya sis!  See ya soon!

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One Thing that Surprised Me Most as a Mom

MANY things are surprising to parents – especially the first time around, so when I had my son, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was PLEASANTLY surprised to see how my daughter reacted to her brother’s arrival. She was an INSTANTLY proud big sister! Here’s one of the very first pictures of them together at home:

Big sister and little brother

In a bouncy seat with proud big sister

It was adorable to see how much she loved him right from the beginning. She would tell people, “That’s my brother.” She would sing to him, “Baby, don’t cry.” She’d ask, “Mom, can I hold the baby?” This was also a line from the I’m a Big Sister book

As little brother became more mobile, the wrestling started….but overall, they are so sweet together! He certainly makes waking up big sister a bit more pleasant (she’s typically crabby).

waking up big sister from her nap

waking up big sister from her nap

Today big sister pushed little brother in his stroller. She did really well and was a big help to me. In the past I can remember pushing a stroller while carrying another child and keeping the diaper bag strapped to my shoulder – not an easy task! It’s during these little moments that I am so proud of my kiddos, as they become more self-sufficient and treat each other with so much kindness and love.