I spent a wonderful Sunday with my children today. Husband was busy working on the backyard reno I wrote about last week, and the kids being cooped up from being indoors all day yesterday, needed to burn off some energy and were getting in their dad’s way. So, daughter put on her helmet, got on her scooter and with her little brother (not the baby) in the stroller, off we went to the park at the end of our street.
You could see the energy just dissipate from them – they were outside, in the fresh air, life was good. After a good chunk of time spent at the park, the kids announced they were hungry, so we set off for home. Their snack of choice was more breakfast cereal. They decided they wanted to sit in their chairs, in the driveway, while I tended to the baby who was just waking from his morning nap. Ten minutes later, when I went outside to see if they were still hungry, I found this:
Big sister provides the cereal, and the milk for her and her brother.
A heart melting moment, for sure.
Shortly after their snack, son clearly needed a nap. He slept for about an hour and a half. When he woke up he announced he wanted to go to the “big park”. Husband was still working away on the patio and by this time the baby was back down for another nap, so daughter got on her bike this time and off we went.
I love the neighborhood we live in – there is a park within a 10-15 minute walk in every direction around us. Living in this city is awesome.
Daughter made sure to load up on some snacks. She brought crackers to the park but decided the squirrels were hungrier. She came running over to me, sitting on the bench soaking in some springtime sunshine, squealing with delight that she got really close to a squirrel and he took her cracker from her. She said he was back up on a tree branch and I just had to come see. I was skeptical that she was able to actually feed the squirrel, but I played along and followed her. Her brother caught wind of what was happening and joined us.
To my delightful surprise, up in the tree, we saw this:
Why yes, I think I will eat that cracker, thank you.
Now that I am back to work, I don’t have a lot of strictly one-on-one time with the kids anymore. Today was such a treat for me – the kids were so happy to be outside and running in the park, and I was so happy that I could share it with them. Then to see the squirrel eating my daughter’s cracker, ahhhh… she and her brother were so thrilled. It really doesn’t take a lot to make a kid smile.
I have to say though, that I am spent. My best friend came over with her son for a few hours and chaos in the house ensued. Loud, fun, adorable chaos which halted for a few moments while the three kids demonstrated this:
Seriously folks, is there anything cuter than three kids doing the downward dog?
Then, while husband put the kids to bed, I went outside to have a look at the patio he was so tirelessly working on all day long. It’s not quite finished yet, but I love it.
Just when I thought this day couldn’t get much better, I received an email notification from WordPress. I just logged my 200th follower. 200!!! I am speechless. Thank you to each and every single one of you for taking the time out of your busy life to stop by here and read my journey in motherhood and medicine. I am truly grateful.