I feel like I do a pretty good job about taking pictures and documenting the things we do, the places we go and all your milestones as they grow up. This year I thought I would add some words (although, bear with me, I am not a great writer). A little about what we have been doing each month, preserving bits of their personality and childhood through my eyes and memories. Also another option for me to reflect how fast time is gowing and to cry happy tears each time I write to them. Geeze, I love these kids.
Jack and Carter,
First I want to say that I know your whole short lives you have heard me tell numerous people that I have crazy rambunctious, all boy, boys. I do hope you know that I don’t really ever mean that in a bad way. You guys are happy kids who love life. You have tons of energy, you play hard, and you love hard! It does exhaust me as a mom sometimes with the lack of quiet, or the abundance of things flying through the air, fights and arguments, legos to step over, and baths/showers I plead you to take. With all that said, I wouldn’t change it. I am glad you guys are healthy and bounce and play fight on the trampoline, that you run around with your play guns and swords being big, deep voiced, “bad guys” and having fun. You play with each other and love each other most of the time. I sometimes need to be reminded that you are not being naughty kids just because you are being loud and busy – just being kids. Boys. Rambunctious, all boy, boys. I love that you play together and I love you both so much!
And, there are some RARE moments of quiet time here and there… and I am oh so thankful for those brief periods.
Reflecting on January…
Jack, we are so proud of your efforts at school. Achieving straight A’s and loving to read and do well makes our hearts soar! You have entered the joke telling phase. I amazed at how many you have in your head that you know by heart. you are also such a keeper of facts. You love reading those learning fact books and seem able to retain it all. I hope this lasts! Your second big tooth is finally about half way in after being missing almost a year. You really are starting to look older, more mature. Luckily for us you still want to be with us and cuddle and love all the time too.
Carter, your year started with strep throat. Luckily we got that under control pretty quick and you were back to feeling better soon. You started homework for the first time in your school. I am excited that you love it so much. You wanted to be just like Jack and sit in the same spot and do it right after school like he does. You are still kind of in love with masks and hats and outfit options. You will surprise me every now and then by disappearing and then reappearing with some crazy get up. You have so much personality wrapped up in you. My favorite thing right now is that you will stop whatever you are doing and occasionally shout “love break!” and come run and snuggle with me. You have promised you will snuggle with me forever; I am holding you to it!
Love always, Mommy
I am taking this journey with other moms of boys – you can read their letters too, starting with Kristina Purkey.