Saturday, August 1, 2009

Sled Dogs come to Princesses' Ball

My children have been amazing over the last couple of weeks, while I've been focusing on getting my Massage Practice for Women off the ground. Things are going very well. I did secure a part-time space in a lovely massage office, and I've started to do some house calls as well. But, I've been less available to them, and I hate that. It is temporary, but difficult to explain to a 4 and a 5 year old.

We went to the police station a couple of weeks ago, so that I could get the application for the live finger print scan, all part of applying for a business license. BOY & GIRL wanted to see the jail. That option was not available. I am trying, as best I can, to take them on my latest adventure into creating my own business and going back to work. I showed them the building where I will be working, and they are intrigued that mommy will be doing work away from them.

This is the first summer in a while that BOY & GIRL haven't been in any structured summer school. It has been an adjustment, especially for BOY who really thrives on a steady diet of BUSY. Less challenging for GIRL who loves to have time for herself to play at home. However, we've been keeping busy with a variety of activities. There is the local library reading club, in which we go to the library once a week, and keep a running record of how many books we've read together. BOY & GIRL each have their own card, which gets stamped each week by the librarian, and she gives them a prize. Next week is the last week...the summer is more than half over.

We are spending a great many hours in water- whether the Y for swimming lessons, the neighborhood pool, or a pool swim date at a friend's house. We've also been going to the beach more this year with friends, which has been a blast. Nothing like being at the ocean, inhaling the salt scent, and hearing the sound of the rolling waves as they ease or crash their way forward to the beach. I believe in the healing power of the ocean, and I remember to breathe while I am there.

There have been days when I've felt pretty crazy. There is never enough time in the day, despite getting up at 5am many mornings to get ahead of where I was the day before. Yet, I never quite get there, and am beginning to believe that I need to lower my expectations of myself. My idea of heaven right now would be to settle in with my lap top, a glass of my sweet mint tea, and dive into all the blogs I'm behind on reading. But, I need to keep my focus on the new business, work hard, and know that I will have more time soon. Yeah...

I am so blessed with how well BOY & GIRL play together, and can entertain themselves. But, like all children, there is the SQUABBLING, and the FIGHTING. Usually over GIRL wanting to play with her dollhouse, which is sacrosanct, and BOY wanting to join in by initiating a game of things launching into the dollhouse, which is not well received. GIRL has a big 'ol SCREECH on her. And I swear to GOD, it ricochets off the walls. The WHINING...oh, GOD, the WHINING...

Yesterday was a good day. In the morning, I worked in the home office, while BOY & GIRL played together quietly in the living room. At one point, I peeked out to talk to them about our schedule for the day. They were completely absorbed in their own invention. BOY had built dogs out of Legos, and GIRL had her collection of small plastic Princesses. The Lego Dogs and Princesses were interacting in and around the doll house. It was a precious sight.

Later, as we drove to the Y, I told them how proud I was of them - how I knew that I hadn't been spending as much time with them over the last week, and how beautifully they had been playing together that morning.

We were playing "Sled Dogs come to Princesses' Ball", said GIRL.

Sled dogs come to Princesses' Ball?, I repeated.

Yes, BOY made dogs out of Legos and we played with my Princesses who were having a fancy Ball, said GIRL.

You are both amazing! I am so lucky and blessed to have you as my children. Your imaginations ARE A GIFT! And it is such a valuable gift, because you will be able to take your imaginations anywhere, I said.

Mommy, you are MY gift, said BOY.

And, that was the best part of my day.

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  1. It would be the highlight of anyone's day. How lucky you are.

  2. I totally would have cried. What a lovely thing to say!

    I'm sure it's hard to adjust to being with them less, but look at them! They're doing great. And they will continue to do so, I'm sure of it.


  3. Oh, the sweetness! Glad things are going well with the business also.

  4. Oh no. You didn't describe how you dissolved into a bucket of tears; I would have been that mom.

    I love how our children will move on and grow without us, yet it hurts. I guess the smartest (most comforting, too) thing is to understand they couldn't do that without our brilliant, inspired input.

    blessings*[I'm still thinking of you at 5:45 even if I don't e-mail]

  5. I love those rare occasions when they actually collaborate and play nicely together - using their imaginations and not the Wii.

    Boys know how to get to their mommies. And their mommies eat it up!

  6. Such wonderful kids. Who wanted to see the jail.

    Best wishes in getting your practice going.

  7. I'm with you on the water play .. as much as I love swimming in springs, I do miss the smell of salt air.

  8. I love this story! I am so looking forward to seeing my boys play together... at this stage, they both need to have me in their sight for every waking moment of their days. GO PLAY, BOYS! You give me hope that it will happen.

  9. Funny. My two are similar. Boy needs busy structure. Girl is happy to play alone in her room for hours.

  10. Very sweet!

    And personally, I think sled dogs should always be invited to the princess ball.

  11. You have such lovely children! Good luck with your new business, I am very proud of you for undertaking this new endeavor!

  12. Having seen them myself, I can confirm that you do indeed have very amazing children. And Mommy is quite special herself. (So many love and prayers to you - this biz is going to happen!)

  13. Wow. How cool are they? Although I'm familiar with that screech.
    The other day they were having a honey mice party. I thought, "How sweet!" until I heard this, "There are the mice! Quick, smash them up and put them in the honey!" Oy.

    I fully intended to do a lot of swimming this summer, but the last 3 weeks have been downright cold and rainy. And school started TODAY!!!!

    DeBoy hasn't really registered yet that his sister is gone for the day. It will be interesting.

    When you have time to stop by the woods, there's a present for you.


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