Ella is so observant that she found this tiny wild strawberry in our backyard.
Last minute sitters so Aaron and I can go out to eat dinner at the waterfront.
Family quiet time.
My smart children. They choose fresh berries over cinnamon rolls every time.
Even the tart ones. 🙂
This is what I looked like exactly this time last year.
Miles saw Ella climbing the slide from all the way across the yard. Before I could blink, he was over there and copying big sister on a slide just his size.
I wonder what sort of shenanigans they’ll be getting into together a few short years from now…
“Children learn to smile from their parents.” Shinichi Suzuki
Some days seem they will never, ever end. Days like yesterday.
And then I realize that a day is just a day. A 24 hour period that will pass. They always do. It’s the years that fly by and bright moments need to be found in every day. Regret is not something I want to live with after the years have flown.
Ella woke up to the surprise of a castle appearing in her backyard this morning. Her jaw literally dropped and her lips formed a perfect “o”. With a gasp of delight, she raced across the grass in her pajamas and scampered up into the tower.
I heard all sorts of things coming from behind the castle walls this morning. Giggles, full blown laughter, and stories. At one point I heard her say, “It’s not a scary dragon! It’s just a poor lonely lizard. Let’s be friends!”
Dreams start early. Imaginary play has become her best friend. I love listening to her talk to the friends I can’t see. I hope her childhood memories are filled with poor lonely lizards, castles, fairies, and adventures. It’s those sorts of things that inspire your future endeavors.