I'm so in love with these kids of mine lately. That doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of moments when I feel totally overwhelmed and frustrated. But amidst the messes and work I'm trying to finish and tattle taling and crayon marks on walls and endless kids' needs, there are beautiful moments in abundance in every day. I love hearing the twins laugh at each other in their cribs after their nap and then going into their room to find them smiling their biggest smiles and clapping their hands in glee at seeing me. I love feeling their sweet little chubby arms around my neck and their big wet kisses on my cheek. I love having Ashton come tell me about some new invention he's come up with or some odd fact he just read in his National Geographic Kids magazine. I love having Isaac come up and hug me and ask me to do flash cards with him. I love having Eliza's little face pop up behind my desk as she says, "Mommy, I know what would be pofect!" (perfect) and then goes on to tell me about some imaginative idea she has. I love overhearing the kids playing together - the older kids making the babies laugh, Ashton explaining how to play some game he's made up, Isaac throwing out his ideas, Eliza adding in her own outlandish two cents on what to do next. I love seeing their bright, innocent little faces with so many unique expressions that show so clearly their joy, worry, sadness or excitement. I love telling them stories and seeing their wide eyes and anticipation as they eat up every word. I love seeing them sleep at night, so peaceful, so beautiful.
We were up in SLC for about a week so that we could go to my mom's cousins'
Just finished the almost-final version of the CareerMothers Manual, got to load up the laptop with everything I'll need to work on while we're gone and pack for a month of being away! Will be quite a lot of crazy packing and unpacking all month and the kids will be on wild schedules will be pretty cranky at times, but it'll be great overall. I'm bringing some books to read with the older kids - some of my favorites from when I was a kid - Narnia, the Little Princes, plus some Harry Potter - I love that they're old enough to enjoy some of my favorites now.