My inspiration for this record of my days:

“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less” -Anna Quindlen

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

If I had a nickel…


You know that saying “If I had a nickel for every time I ______, then I’d be rich!”

If that were the case, then these would be some of my most profitable sayings:

Balls are for outside!

We do NOT hit (or kick) our mommies!

Don’t tease, please.

What should you be doing right now?

No picking or licking (reference to Jonah’s favorite habit)

If you have something kind or helpful to say, we’d love to hear it.

You may come out when you’re ready to be pleasant.

Are you 100%? (Meaning all ready to go?)

Why NOT you? (In response to “why me?”)

Yesterday Kami called and asked what I was doing. I was sitting on the couch singing “The Eensie Weensie Spider.” She said “sounds like fun.”

That’s when it hit me.


Singing the same songs, repeating the same phrases, applauding the same sweet little acheivements, and getting my earrings yanked out for 12 years! Wow.

Time flies when you’re having fun!

1 comment:

  1. Yippee for sitting on the couch for 12 years~! Just enjoy it - because it goes and then it is gone. It was a challenging phase too- but I did my best. Every day - just focusing on .. one day at a time.. I didn't want to live with regret. You know those mothers day talks about how grandmas wished they had played more with their kids and worried less about clean dishes and such... ( I would always elbow brian and say, SEE- I WONT HAVE THAT REGRET. Because I ALWAYS put playing with the kids, or going to the park over chores.)
    And now I've hit that empty nester during the day phase!!! can you believe it?
    And while I mourned the loss for a week or so- I am looking at the bright side. (yesterday was my last day of work until fall- I sign language interpret a few classes at BYU-H while kids are at school too. So this last month while the kids are at school I am heading to the beach to learn to surf! tee hee...I wont lie it's kinda a fun stage in life!) Just 2 hours every day- then I can check it off my list of things to do while we live in Hawaii..

    Hang in there!YOu are an amazing mom. And thanks to your son- I now know the stuff in my ears smells like toast! I learn something new every day!