Sunday, September 28, 2008

Daddy Time

Jon called home this past week and asked to speak with Elle.  As soon as she hung up the phone she started running around the house getting her shoes on, getting her golf club out of the cabinet and of course started putting on daddy's glove.  She then sat on the front porch and waited for him to drive up the street to meet her.  She was soo excited to go have special time with her daddy.  The two of them go to the driving range near our home as often as they can. I know they have fun playing together but I think the best part for both of them is having time together.  

Friday, September 19, 2008

All Mine

Miss Gwenners is growing up too fast as far as I am concerned.  I still think of her as a baby even though she is 30 lbs.  With Elle at school, Gwen and I now have time together each day when it is JUST the two of us.  It has actually been a lot of fun for both of us.  I think we both needed this special time with eachother.  There are so many little things about her that I never want to forget.  I love how much she loves books and how she walks over to me with one and just plants herself in my lap.  I love how she dances with just her left foot on its tippy toes and turns around in circles.  I love how she carries around as many bathing suits as she can in her arms for no reason. I love how I can completely understand everything she "says" even though she still doesn't talk much at all.  I love that when she really wants me to see something she says, "mama" and grabs my chin to turn it in the direction she wants me to look.  I love that I can comfort her better than anyone when she is having one of  her out-of-control meltdowns.  I love that she waves at every person we pass while sitting in the cart as we stroll through the grocery store.  I love that her favorite game in the world is to stand at the end of the hallway and for me to yell, "gweeeeennnerrrs" as she runs full force into my arms only to turn around and do it all over again.  I love that even when she's naughty and has to sit on the stairs for time-out she actually stays on the stair until I tell her it's ok to get up.  I love that when she wakes up crying in the middle of the night all that she needs is for me to quietly walk into her bedroom and slip my finger through the slats in her crib for her to hold.  I love how she laughs hysterically in the movie, "Alvin and the Chipmunks" when an acorn falls on Alvin's head.  I love her hugs when she wraps her little chubby arms so tightly around my neck that I can't breathe.  I love, love, love her contagious laugh and huge grin. I love that my kisses make her owies feel better.  I love that no matter how old she gets I will always be her mom.  I love every quirky little thing about her.  Quite simply I just love her and I love that she is all mine.  

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

So Happy Together...most of the time

Each morning I take the girls downstairs and make them breakfast.  This morning I guess I took a little longer than usual because by the time I got downstairs to start our morning routine, I found that my job had been done for me.  I found Elle and Gwen exactly as you see them in the pictures above.  Elle got Gwen into the booster seat, got a placemat out, a sippy cup from the cupboard which she filled with water and provided an array of food for Gwen... all by herself! Gwenners had blueberries, fruit snacks, applesauce and goldfish crackers for breakfast.  Quite the spread!  Elle sat right next to Gwen and helped feed her the applesauce.  Every so often Gwen would lean into Elle for a kiss.  It was just so, so cute to watch.  I am so happy they have eachother.  I remember finding out that I was having another girl when I was pregnant with Gwen.  My first thought was just complete excitement for Elle.  I remember telling Jon that we were giving Elle the best gift she could ever ask for...a sister.  I have 3 sisters and they are my very best friends in the entire world.  It is so fun to see my girls developing bonds now that they will carry into the future. They do fight...they both have bruises on themselves to prove that they do.  No one gets Elle more riled up than Gwen when she is grouchy and visa versa.  But on the flip side, no one can make Gwen laugh as hard as Elle can.  And Gwen has a way of making Elle feel so important and so deeply loved.   Gwenners gives Elle the sweetest most genuine little hugs and out-of-the-blue kisses...and I think that's just how it should be.  

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Pillow Talk

Each night, Jon and I switch off putting Gwen and Elle to bed.  It is our special time with the girls.  I love the talks I have with Elle as she dozes off to sleep.  She sucks her thumb with one hand and wraps her other arm tightly around my neck.  Nose to nose we have some pretty cute conversations.  She loves to talk about when she was a baby and is fascinated by the whole circle- of- life concept.  She often tells me, "I used to be a baby, now I am a big girl, next I will be a teenager, then a mommy, then a grandma and then I will go to heaven".  Her view of life is so sweet and so simplistic.  I love it.  I tell her how lucky I feel that out of the millions of little baby girls in heaven, Daddy and I were sent her...the smartest, funniest, most beautiful one to come to our family. Wow, what are the chances of that?!  Well, that little conversation really stuck with her because last night as I put her to bed, she had been quiet for a while and then in the dark she whispered to me, "Mama, you're really special to me. Out of all of the mommies in heaven, Grammie got the best one to go to her tummy".  All I could do was smile and kiss her on her little forehead.