I took the boys to Hobby Lobby this morning, looking for some odds and ends for a few items for the store. With their good behavior, they earned a project. We wanted to create some Halloween decorations for the house, but after spotting these wooden nutcrackers in the Christmas section, we ditched the pumpkins. These boys have been working hard painting, and I can’t complain that we are a few months off from Nutcracker season! Another Noahism: they are called wood-choppers.
That is such a cliche term, “where did the time go?” but honestly, I have never felt so strongly about a statement before. I’m a mother to a seven year old. My baby-girl is 7. I can still remember every single minute of her delivery and every single minute of life with her before those two, wonderful boys showed up. Now I can’t remember anything.
Even though yesterday, the 14th was her actual birthday, last Saturday we threw a little get together with all of the kids in our neighborhood, cousins, and friends. While watching Willow playing in the backyard, I couldn’t help but think to myself that I wanted to freeze that moment: Willow, a huge smile on her face, chasing around and being chased by friends in the backyard. She was so care-free and beautiful and I don’t think I’ve ever seen her smile so large. Things were simple, fun, and easy. I think I might remember that moment forever.
I’ve started to get really emotional lately…thinking about how fast these three really are growing up. How amazing and different and unique their three little personalities are. How they don’t quite need me as much as they used to and yet they need me now more than ever before.
Willow has been getting emotional before school. She’s not quite sure how she feels about the new school and she’s not making friends as fast as she expected. Some mornings are tougher than others, but when she walks through that door at the end of the day, she is all smiles. She talks a mile a minute about her day and is goofy and silly and back to her normal self.
Then there is Noah. This kid is such a little man. He has grown so tall this year yet insists on wearing footie pajamas from last year with the feet cut out, then unzips them at night so he can, “feel the cold.” He is still in love with everything orange and everything Nemo, but is able to go to bed at night without Nemo in his arms. Noah is ecstatic to have preschool with his cousin and best friend, Sam, and anxiously counts down the minutes in the afternoon until the neighborhood boys get home from kindergarten and first grade. Noah will be 5 soon. 5!
And then there is Bodhi. Oh my gosh. He is not a baby anymore. Tears. Lots of tears. He’s starting to use the potty, and even though some days are hot or miss, I will take him sitting on the potty chair with underwear on and peeing over nothing anyday! This little guy is starting to love music and will sing along during church by using these words to the tune of the hymn, “La la la la la.” He’s still taking his naps during the day, but I have a feeling those will begin to fade soon because there have been a few night where him and I will party until 10 pm of later at night. This kid will be three soon…3! I just can’t believe it. But seriously, check out how handsome he is with his little “ho-mawk” just like his big brothers’.I just love these three like Noah always says, ” to the moonin’ patch.” (To the moon and back.)
And I want to say thank you to a dear friend and new roommate in the business world for taking these sweet pictures of my kids and capturing their personality so well!
This little guy had his first day of school on Friday. He started his second year of preschool with Mrs. Buechler at the Sonshine Patch again. The best thing about this year is starting classes with his best friend, partner in crime, and cousin, Sam! I can’t get over how stinkin’ handsome he is. He was very brave walking into class on his own, no Nemo in tow. He gave Mrs. B a high-five and a big hug to Sam and started playing like he never left.
Its a crazy week. I have a new shop opening downtown, the kids started school and dance and soccer and this and that. But you know what, no matter how crazy it is, it is fun. The kids are loving every minute of the craziness, and especially love having daycare, preschool, elementary school and soccer at the same time as their cousins.
Noah has especially been pumped. Its his first time playing soccer and lucky him…he gets to have his dad for his coach. Along with four other little blondies, those little guys ran up and down the field, chasing the ball and scoring goals. The best part of the game…running up to Coach Blake and getting double high fives. After the game, Noah said, “This was fun! When can we do it again?!” Well, lucky for him we have games Wednesday and Saturday and the Wednesday after that and the…..
Oh my goodness. Today, this little girl went to first grade….and loved it. She donned size 8 (yikes) clothing and her brand new boots, but let me put her hair in piggy tails, which helped her look a little, less old. She hopped into the car with our neighbors for carpool to the new elementary school, and drove away. Just like that, my baby has grown up. When she got home from school she said, “I can’t believe this is really school. I feel like this was something extra you signed me up for!” I hope she always has that attitude towards school.
After a busy weekend working, I jumped at the opportunity to go out to the lake with many members of the Markovetz clan. The kids love playing with their cousins, and I love having the extra hand or two when Blake is working weekends. The day was perfect, and despite a crabby Bodhi that took an hour to warm up, we had a great time playing in the water. Great Grandma Ket was even there to enjoy her great-grandchildren.