I’m gearing up to go out of town, which is always stressful. The kids hate it when I’m gone and we’ve already had tears over me telling them that no, they can’t actually come with me.
Luckily, I’m back in time for Mother’s Day so we’ll have a nice time celebrating together upon my return.
But all their lamenting has had me realize how fun my kids currently are. We’re in a stage where we are able to really do stuff together and enjoy (most) of our time together. I say most because come on, my kids are eight and six. We have a lot of whining that still goes on, and we’re always 30 seconds away from the never ending battle of NOT LISTENING . But overall, I’m really thankful for how awesome my kids are.
Which leads me to my list. Here are the TOP things that are happening right now that make being a mom totally awesome.
1) My kids still want to snuggle with me. In fact, just this morning, as we were rushing to get ready for school and get out the door, we all paused and had a good snuggle on the couch. I had a child under each arm and we told funny stories for about ten minutes. It was the best part of my day!!
2) My kids are funny! I am constantly in stitches over the things they do and say. Mr. A is incredibly clever and I’m starting to realize he has his dad’s sense of humor. (Let’s just say I don’t always get the jokes and when I do, I groan…with a smile, of course.) And Miss E is just really developing into her own little person. She does these little dances and bats her eyelashes, keeping us laughing every day.
3) Our family walks For the last two weeks, we’ve been taking these family walks around the neighborhood after dinner. Jason and A end up throwing a ball the entire way, and Miss E and I hold hands and skip through the street, talking and singing. It is my favorite thing that we do right now and I hope we keep it up until winter comes.
4) Reading and Game Night Both kids still want to be read to, which I cherish as most of the time the eight year old is off reading on his own. And most nights we can be found playing UNO or CandyLand (yes, CandyLand…..we had a resurgence of interest, who knew??)
5) I’m the best mommy ever. Did you know that? I’m sure you’re probably the best mommy too. But this right here makes absolutely every scream, fit, tear, stomp, and eye-roll worth it. Every day one of my kids tells me I’m the best mommy in the whole world; sometimes both. Sometimes they tell me I’m the worst about 30 minutes later, but that’s okay. I know they love me. I know they feel loved. And THAT is the most important thing.
As we approach Mother’s Day, I am grateful to be in a place where I see the joy of motherhood every day. I’m very, very lucky to have these kiddos by my side.