On Saturday I went to a funeral of a man I knew of, but did not know. His life was worthy of celebration and of mourning for its loss. I am always so impressed with what one person can accomplish in life. He had lost his family to war, had become a soldier at a young age, married, had a family and lived a full, compassionate life. He had shown his family what it meant to be happy and good. Many people came to honor him. Whenever I go to a funeral, I reflect on what I have done so far, what I am doing and what I want to get done. Sometimes it takes remembering that life is short to appreciate the time we have here on Earth. As I care for my small family I see how precious time is and what a special job I have. Lately, Jane explains what she learns at preschool, sings songs, and helps me with Maurie. I asked her today if she wanted to run an errand with me and she replied, “Yes, because I am the oldest.” Where did my baby go? Maurie is officially sitting up on her own and crawling. She spent some time today pulling herself up on her feet with Jane’s toy table. She will walk early. She is six months old, but she is still fits into many of her three month old clothes. She is thirteen pounds and loves being with me the best…I will take it while I can. Time is slipping through my fingers and so is the time with my small children. When I was a kid I was always waiting for something to happen; now I am wondering how I missed an event.
Archives for March 2015
The Dells were a blast. We stayed in a condo at Glacier Canyon Lodge (a part of The Wilderness Resort). Anyways, we shared the condo with our good friends–the Stapps. They have children close in age to ours and they are fun, awesome people.
Jane turned four years old! We hosted a tea party-themed birthday party. It did not go the way I pictured, but I think the kids had fun. Jane dressed up in a pretty pink dress and white cardigan and was very excited about all the tea sets. I collected mini tea sets that were themed when I was young, and I have saved them all these years so that I could share them with my daughters. I made chocolate cupcakes with strawberry frosting at Jane’s request and we had apple juice as our tea and ate “tea” cookies. I spent so much time trying to create a photo backdrop to take fun “photo-booth” pictures that I did not plan games very well. The photo backdrop didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped either. Overall, I didn’t have enough fun activities and I am pretty sure the photos didn’t turn out like I hoped. Thankfully, four year olds are not big critics of birthday parties, so only I came out of the experience frustrated. We did do some dancing, duck-duck goose, and a relay game. After this party I have decided that we will do family birthday parties unless there is something really specific and simple that my child asks for. I got really stressed out about the party and was pretty disappointed afterwards–and Jane would not have known the difference had I not thrown a party. I get pretty grandiose ideas that are hard to pull off for people with a lot more time and money than I do. I will post pictures of the party once I get them downloaded from my camera.
More importantly I wanted to highlight Jane a little. Jane has a gregarious personality. She is loves being around friends and has a wild imagination. Jane likes to make-believe Frozen scenes or scenes from Sophia the First. She has gotten used to quiet time and I love to hear her playing in her room. It has been very healthy for both of us to have this time. Jane is very loving and affectionate. She gives hugs and kisses all the time to Cody, me and Maurie. She is learning volume control right now and runs around the house like the furniture and open space is an open jungle gym. She stops moving only when she is sleeping or when she is watching a favorite show or movie. Jane is mostly helpful and obedient. It is when she has a lack of food and sleep coupled with over-stimulation that a less composed Jane emerges. Jane forgives me so quickly when I have lost my temper or have not checked my emotions. She recognizes when I am not feeling well or if I am stressed out and tries to help. I also appreciate her energy and determination. I fear I will not be able to show her how to handle her impatience since I still struggle with this. I am so grateful Jane came to our family. I told Jane about the day she was born and about her birth. I think I will do that on my children’s birthday every year. Jane was the perfect person to come to us at the time she came. I love you Jane Bowman.
Have you ever had a child’s birthday party go south? What is most distinct about your firstborn?