Tuesday, March 03, 2009

a life filled with adventure



Today is Tuesday....Tuesday that feels like it should only be Monday and should already be Friday all at once. Kind of that lost insignificant day it seems, but such a good one this week.

My baby is 4 and a half and has re-entered the stage of life where her mind needs to be kept incredibly busy or she will go off on her own adventure, look at that sneaky little face!!!
She adventures through the fridge, making a platter of grated cheese with syrup and frozen fruit with about half a bottle of Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top...hmm, uh, YUM? not so much. Orrr..... she may decide that the entire bathroom needs a vigorous scrub down with a few tubes of toothpaste all in a matter of minutes, you get it, the kid is on a mission to have adventure in this life.
Good for her!
I am too, totally, but for the most part I tend to put a wee bit more long term thought into planning my adventures.
Sooooo I am opting for keeping her mind busy over dealing with her FAB follies, it's better for both of us. Today we had the Chutes and ladders tournament of all tournaments, she wanted to keep on going but finally got so mad at those darn slides that she declared her girl could climb the ladders AND the slides because "she is so beautiful that they just let her", nice, I'm good with that.
Then she chose some books from a forgotten series of ours on behavior and we read some great lessons about snooping, lying and being selfish. Rawkin! LOL, she was hanging on every word it was awesome, total parenting in hardcovers. We then proceeded to paint posters to put up on the wall beside her pillow; good things she wants to dream about ( well, she painted posters and I painted pieces of this new "city streets" pack I am starting )

That lasted just long enough before Bella's "cooking" was about to begin so we had to head it off with a very long and involved game of my little ponies; we were awesome, we went to the fair and to the zoo, and across a frozen lake, our ponies are superstars.
It was one of those days where I got nothing done as far as housework or scrap work or any other kind of work , but I'm totally happy knowing that I spent hours and hours doing something that will matter so much more in the long run.
It reminds me of one of the sayings I try so hard to live by, about how years from now kids won't remember if you had dishes in the sink or a pile of laundry to do, but they WILL remember that you played with them and took time with them.
Tis so true.

4 comments:

Katie said...

Amen Sister!! I like your mindset on the value of spending quality time with your kids! Have a great day,

Katie

Marianne Hope said...

You are SO right. I'm not good enough at the playing with the kids part. No problem leaving the housework behind, but the playing....Let's just say I could work on that.. And I thought the "toothpaste-phase" would be over when they reached the magic age of four, but this means I have a few more years to worry about silent moments from my daughter (now 2 1/2 and definately in the toothpaste age).Our t.paste is placed all the way on the top of the cabinet, lol.

Christina said...

I hope that when I have kids, I can learn to forget the housework/craftwork when my kids need me to play with them.

You're an inspiration. (:

(She's getting so big! I remember when you won SOY and your kids were 7, 4, and 2! (I think) Where did the time go?)

Susan Beth said...

I love that your littlest is engaged in the world around her and making sure she can experience it! Makes for the most wonderful people that way!