Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Take a picture....





The other day the kids were sitting on the couch watching Imagination Movers. We just love those guys! I think their show is so great. They use their imaginations to solve problems. They call them "idea emergencies." And their music is fantastic! Fun for kids, but hip enough for grown-ups to kinda sorta admit they love it too! Anyway, this song came on called Take a Picture and it's this really sentimental song about taking a picture of all the cool stuff kids do, and how they're growing up so fast. And the chorus has a line that says, these are the days for our memories. I was looking at them, sitting there, with that sweet music playing. And I suddenly became overwhelmed with emotion. Tears streaked down my face as I realized how BIG they are. Dustin is officially wearing underwear, and has done really well on the potty, he debates with me about everything, (I remember posting a while back how great it was that he could talk just enough that I know what he wants, but not enough that everything is a debate...oh yeah, I'm in debate city these days) and he is in love with airplanes, helicopters and cars. He always knows exactly what he wants, (it's never a nap) and he says the sweetest things at the most unexpected times. The other day we were driving in the car and Dustin pointed at me and said, "Mommy, you beautiful" and then he pointed at Tim and said, "Daddy you a boy." I laughed so hard. What a sweetie. One of my favorite things he does right now is wander around singing the ABC's in total disorder. It seems like such a short time has passed since he was cradled in my arms, and suddenly he's independent and so...big. He wants to do everything on his own. His favorite phrase right now is, "I wan to do it by mine-self!" Big emphasis on the self. Audrey is a fun little toddler. She is so beautiful with a sweet soprano voice. She sounds like a little fairy. She has quite the vocabulary. I would guess she can probably say about 50 clear words, which is pretty exceptional for a 16-month-old. Her favorite words right now are, "mine, no, food" and "high chair." She already loves shoes and dresses. She picked out her own Christmas dress because when I held it up to see how long it would be on her, she snatched it from me and walked away saying, "mine, no, mine!" I can't believe how early it starts. There must be something innate in us women. She also loves to give kisses. She probably leans in for a kiss 10 times a day. These are the days for our memories.
Looking at them through tear-stained eyes, I jumped between them on the couch and snuggled them close. I, of course, take tons of pictures. But I don't think pictures will be enough when I'm old and they are grown. I'll want to hold them and see them in their beds asleep. I'll want to pick them up and snuggle them on the couch. I'll want to chase them and listen to them laugh. There are some days it feels like having kids at home won't end soon enough, but there are many other days that I wish it could last forever.

8 comments:

Lima Bean said...

I can't believe Audrey can talk! That just shows how long it's been since I've seen you. no good. Are you going to be at Bunko this week? Jeff doesn't have class on Tuesdays this term so I can finally go! I hope to see you there.

carizolli said...

Awe man...now you made me cry! What a sweet sweet blog!

Chison said...

I KNEW it! Dustin is going to be a drummer! That is a cute picture of him with the drums. I gotta start taking more and more photos of myself and grandma because we dont know how long we are here for right?

Chison said...

I KNEW it! Dustin is going to be a drummer! That is a cute picture of him with the drums. I gotta start taking more and more photos of myself and grandma because we dont know how long we are here for right?

Rach said...

I love your kids!!!! Dustin and Audrie are one of those huge factors of why I want kids so bad all ready! I changed my post a little too! (I was so distracted by the door holding thing that I left out the most important part!) so read it again! :o)

rachel said...

What a sweet post, Jen. Enjoy them while they're little because they GROW UP so fast!! My oldest is a 12 year old Beehive and it's killing me.

Becky said...

SO TRUE AND SO CUTE! They are adorable kiddos. Good job Mama!

Ann said...

OK, Jen! I may just be ready to take you up on your offer, but only if you guys find a specific date to leave your kids overnight with us. Brian and my anniversary is the 24th of this month and the problem with having you watch them then is that then you would not be able to go out WITH us and that is half the fun! We'll have to figure out something, though. I just want to always be sure that I'll be able to return the favor, and since you don't go to doctor's appointments or grocery shopping here, I would never get the chance to do for you what you are offering to do for me. Can't wait to see you guys again...