This post may seem completely random and totally unorganized but I had a few experiences/ thoughts I wanted to share.
Random Experience #1: Last night, a group of us celebrated my nieces birthday. We all went to this indoor jump / bounce place. It has all of those big blown up slides for the kids to play on.... there were 3 rooms full! So, all 5 kids totally scattered! They had so much fun... and to be honest, us adults had a lot of fun too. Not only watching the kids play but participating in the play too! :) What a great work out and a wonderful way to spend a Thursday night!
Random Experience #2: So, this morning LB decided he wanted to spend the day with Grandpa. He had a little cough so I thought it was a good idea for him to get some rest. He usually clings to me, especially in the morning. However, I have been noticing lately some detachment... dare I say... independence? It makes my heart hurt feeling the slipping away of that little boy. But, at the very same moment I smile (through the tears) with so much pride. I see this is a recurring theme as a parent. It hurts to let go but there is so much enthusiasm for the next step. It is exciting to watch them learn and grow and experience the joys of life. LB now insists on getting into the bathtub on his own... He attempts every chance he gets to go up and down the stairs on his own. He is always telling me "Nee Nee do it" (Nee Nee is how he says his name... Nee Nee and Brayden don't sound anything alike but I swear it is the cutest thing). This morning he was beaming with independence. He said "Mommygotowork?" (and he says it so fast - like an auctioneer). But then he did 2 firsts. They had me gasping for air. He said "kisses!" and pointed to his lips. So, we smooched... like a million times because I thought it was so adorable. Then he said "hug? See you soon! Love you!" My heart ached... It literally hurt from so much love and joy I thought it would burst.
Thinking about all of the new firsts makes me sad about all of his 'lasts.' Will I recognize them before they are gone forever?...
#3 Random thought: I have had this quote sitting on my desk all week... I haven't wanted to change it (I peeked at the next one it is good too but this one applies - I will keep it there for a while). It says: The best way out is always through. How true.
Well, I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed weekend! I am excited for what my Monday / Tuesday post will be... I still don't know what it will be about yet - maybe a fun weekend with LB. Maybe another furniture make over or the purchase of some new items... maybe all of the above! ;)