Pure Sweetness

April 30, 2013

It is often said that being a parent is amazing and wonderful but I don’t think you can realize how true it is until you are living it.  The thing that I like best is seeing my son try and do things that he’s seen done.  Or apply something he’s learned to something else.  Children’s minds are so amazing.  I’m always wondering what’s going on in there because I see him taking things in and processing them.  Every so often my son does something that is so utterly sweet and special and he has no idea.  To me, witnessing those moments is the joy of being a parent.

Joshua has been helping me water the outdoor plants.  It’s been so hot (already), really I use it as a way for him to cool off and have some fun.  My plants are getting a wee bit trampled in the process but they’ll grow back.  I hope.  Anyway, he watches me with the hose and the watering can and he helps me fill the watering can and carry it and tip it over.  And he loves to put his hands in the water as it pours out.  Typical little kid things.

Yesterday, I was watering some of the indoor plants and when the watering can was empty (I’m no fool) I let him play with it.  I turned around to see this.

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It was one of those squeeze your heart type moments.  I don’t know why he thought to “water” the books, but he was so methodical and careful about it.  He did all three shelves, and hit various books on each shelf.  I think it is one of the absolute sweetest things I’ve seen.  And of course it doesn’t hurt that he was showing off those baby thighs which are my favorite baby part!

Again, I wondered what was going through that little brain of his.  What made him apply what he’s seen me do with the plants and flowers to the books.  It doesn’t really matter.  I’m just glad I saw it happen.


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Back From My Brief Hiatus

April 28, 2013

I hadn’t intended to be “gone” so long.  We went on vacation for a week at the beginning of the month and the next thing I knew, it’s practically May.  I’ve also worked every weekend for the last three weeks so that makes the time zoom by for me.  Anyhoo…

We went to Portland and Vancouver for a week.  Two days in Portland, then we drove up to Vancouver, BC, for the weekend.  Friends who live in Tacoma, WA, met us there and we rented a condo for all of us (4 adults, 3 kids).  It was fun!  Overcast and a little rainy, but we made the best of it.  Vancouver is beautiful.  It’s a smaller city than I imagined, very walkable, kid friendly with some great food and beer.  We enjoyed visiting with our friends and having the kids play.  We drove back to Portland, and spent two more days there and then headed home.  Portland was also wonderful.  Cute neighborhoods, also very walkable.  Some great parks that Joshua enjoyed.  It was also rainy and overcast but that didn’t stop us.  We drove out to Multnomah Falls and explored the Columbia River Gorge area one day.  We spent one afternoon walking in the Pearl District.  I found a needlepoint store, knitting store, and fabric store all in a row.  I was in heaven.  We went to Powell’s Books which was amazing.  I think we could have spent hours there, and also a lot of $$$, but we limited ourselves to one book for Joshua.  The bookstore was so amazingly organized.  The kids section was huge.  Bill and I certainly enjoyed it.

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It was a nice vacation.  Not fabulous, but nice,  Great to get away from our daily routines and spend time together.  I really wanted to explore some place new.  It just ended up being more driving and time in the car than we planned on and was about one day too long.  Joshua was so good considering he was almost always strapped into something and the places we stayed were much smaller than home, with far fewer toys and no furry friends.  But he was a trooper and a pleasant little travel buddy.  Funny thing though, when we walked into our house, both Bill and I thought “this place is huge” after all the hotel rooms and small condos we had been in.

The Pacific Northwest is beautiful and I would definitely go back and explore more.  Preferably when the sun is out.


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