A kids curiosity is such a cool thing. Kelsey has such a thirst for knowledge. The other day, we were playing in the backyard, discussing all of the cool features of her t-ball set, when suddenly a plane flew by overhead. She immediately stopped and pointed. Then, proceeded to tell me all about this airplane. […]
These two love each other so much. Sooner than later they’ll be fighting over toys and access to the bathroom, but right now, it’s peaceful in our house. Best friends, these two. Kelsey has called Colton, “gee gee” since the day that he was born. Random, but really cute to hear.
You can’t get a better view than this. Horseback riding in Princeville was one of the most scenic things we have ever done. Neither one of us had ridden a horse before, so when we saw this Waterfall Horseback Picnic Ride, we jumped at the chance. Out of all of the activities we did in Kauai, this horseback […]
As a parent, there are moments that simply take your breath away. Moments that cause you to pause. It’s the moment when your child enters the world. It’s the moment when you hear them say, “I love you” for the first time.
It’s the feeling you get when you have to box up their clothes and graduate to the next size. It’s the moment when your life flashes before your eyes and you can envision your child leaving the nest (man, that moment really hurts my heart). It’s in these moments that you sit back and watch in awe as a miracle moves about.
Ryan and I had this moment last night. We were sitting in the backyard with Kelsey when she suddenly grabbed her big umbrella and prepared “for lots of rain!” It was clear skies, but we played along with her game anyway.
She struggled to grab the oversized umbrella, but with such persistence, she set it on the table, the way she had seen us do so many times before. She instructed us (as three-year-olds do) to get under the umbrella and “get out of the rain before you get wet!”. She would then run out from under the umbrella screaming and laughing, “I’m getting wet! I’m getting rain on me!” then she would dive back under cover into our arms.
Man, this game was fun. It was fun watching her imagination soar! Even though there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, to her, it was pouring rain and she was getting soaked. She laughed. We laughed. She ran – Ryan got up and ran. It was seriously one of those moments that made me pause.
This girl is going to grow up one day. Will she have memories of us playing in the backyard? Will she remember her mom and dad on their knees playing make-believe with her? I hope so. Ryan says that even if she doesn’t really remember this moment, like we do, that she will at least “have a feeling” about it. About the backyard. About this house. About us.
I’m not sure if she’ll remember this moment. In fact, I’m not sure what her earliest memory will be. But, I pray (I pray a lot) that she’ll always stay in my arms. No matter how old she gets. I hope she never grows out of playing with me. I hope she never loses her sense to dream and make-believe. I hope she always stays persistent and never lets anything – like a big bulky umbrella – stand in her way.
I wonder if this is how my mom felt about me. Gosh, as a parent, lots of questions go through your head – don’t they? I’m not sure what I’m really writing for. I think I just needed to get what I’m feeling out on paper. And who knows, maybe Kelsey will read this one day. And maybe – just maybe – she’ll remember this moment.
Here is my man dressed in a whale of an outfit, courtesy of the Executive Team at The St. Regis Monarch Beach. Mind you, this is a 12-month outfit and it fits my (almost) 4-month old perfectly.
There will come a day when Kelsey thinks her mom is a nerd. A loser. Someone who couldn’t possibly know what she is going through. But until that day comes, she’s all mine. We’re two peas in a pod, I tell you.
Two girls who love all of the same things. She challenges me to be a better person. She makes me laugh more than anyone in this world. And she is such a blessing to be around. She’s my girl, and I am so lucky to be her mother.
These are the moments that make the world go round, and the special moments when you think all is right in this world. Wouldn’t you agree?
I could hang out with the Tings and Colby aaaaaaall day. But, three hours will just have to do. Before Colby got on her flight back to California, everyone came over for a little fun in the sun. We laid outside, sipped on Champagne and watched Kelsey do her thing.
Kelsey was so excited to hang with everyone- she brought nearly every Disney doll from her room to show them. She even brought all of her DVD’s outside. Seeing her so proud … well, that made me so proud. I loved every single thing about today.
*Ryan was tending to Colton in these photos.
I love my neighbors. And apparently Kelsey loves their overgrown weeds flowers. This weekend, Kelsey (ahem, Snow White) decided she was going to frolic through their yard and pick their flowers. Hey, I think they’re kind of asking for it – just look at how many they have! In all fairness, she only took three.