A cute key chain from Brevin, hand-colored, thank you very much. And Tyler just thought my keys were bulky before!
Mackenzie is about as crafty as they come in 8 (almost 9) year olds. She made me this darling card and a scrap-booky framed picture that she made at Activity Days. It was really cute, a-la Becky Higgins style. One of these days I will actually scrap with her cuz I think she'd really get into it with me.
Here's why I love being a mom:
Because I get to listen to Brock's sound effects all day long. And we have good, in-depth conversations about Spiderman and the state of his diaper (which, according to him, is never poopy, just a "lil bit wet").
Because I get to still cuddle with Brevin when he gets all broody and moody. I'm teaching him the fine art of NOT SASSING his mother and he's teaching me that "FINE" really means, "Just stop lecturing me and I'll stop doing whatever you told me not to do." And even though he gets mad at me when I pick him up from his playdates, he told me he still does love me.
Because I get to witness my little 6 year old act like she's a teenager and then tell/show her a NICER way of acting like a grown-up. I love Caylee's spunk and passion (as trying as it may sometimes be) and have enjoyed seeing her mature and understand more complex dynamics of our family relationships.
Because she started it all, Mackenzie carries a lot of responsibility and I can really relate to her "trials" and "afflictions". She keeps me on my academic toes by asking us all sorts of questions and I am grateful she's such an obedient, responsible little girl (who's growing so fast and getting progressively hormonal - oh joy!)
And because someone has to be the end, I love Briggs for being the sweetest (hungriest) lil peanut of them all. He's got a strong spirit and an opinion already. Let's face it, that's how they're sent to us, and for that I'm grateful, too. It means I'll be learning and growing more than I thought possible. All thanks to being a mom of these 5 darlings.
So, thanks to Tyler for the wonderful day complete with breakfast, tulips, kid gifts, a gift card to Barnes and Noble, and new cordless phones. More importantly, though, was being appreciated and recognized for being alive and there for my kids. Me and my brood got somethin' special for sure!