Monday, February 23, 2009

the secret life of children

im starting to realize now that my kids are real co-conspirators. every day at 1pm they both go upstairs for their nap, and they can sleep wherever they want upstairs.. i draw the shades, kiss them and their myriad stuffed animals and leave them with a book each.

alot of times it's 2 pillows on the floor of their room in front of their bookshelf, and they go through their books, staring, flipping pages, whispering, exchanging. and i feel like so long as they're quiet, and this represents "down time" i cannot complain.

but before i go downstairs, i tell them, "now is not time for play, its time for rest. and if i hear any playing around, im gonna come up and separate you two" (classic mom-style, cant you just hear it?).

very occasionally do i get to see this firsthand.. today i took a shower instead of going downstairs for my own quiet time. by the time i came out, i fully expected to see two kids asleep, drooling on the open books. but lucas had moved into my bed, and ruby was still set up on the floor, and running books back and forth from the bookshelf for lucas, and all in whispers. i heard their exchanges. okay, im done with this one, you take it your turn, ruby? okay, um you take this book, lucas? okay, thanks. i want the bear book ruby. okay. sock feet quietly thudding across the floor, back to the bookshelf.

and they noticed me. i thought it was funny they stayed in whispers and contimued their transaction. so i whispered 'go to sleep now' and they did, i could tell by the swagger in ruby's walk it was past time for her to sleep. really, these are the moments i feel proudest of them. having such a loving and sharing relationship, even when they dont know im watching. and i like that they have a secret life without me. this relationship they're building together will serve them well the rest of their lives.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

random photo meme

i was tagged by cake to do this meme.. its a fun proposition.

1. Go to the 4th picture folder on your computer.
2. Post the 4th picture in that folder.
3. Explain the picture.
4. Tag 4 more bloggers.

march 2005 .. here's philippe in our little greek (halandri) kitchen humoring his 7-month-pregnant wife, by strapping on my weight gain for an afternoon.. he made it about an hour before he took it off. look at that sexy man!

i tag skotworld, disclexington, beeps & clicks, and the pool room

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

ruby two's day

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUBY!! ruby turned 2 yesterday (2-2) & we had her party on sunday. she had my very delicious homemade carrot cake and cream cheese icing, she got 2 pink gingham teasets and easel/markers/paints/paper from us. my mom gave her a really great baby doll, and made some matching outfits for the baby & ruby.. so cute!

im realizing now that she is 2 - im getting real glimpses of life without *babies*...

babies are adorable, dont get me wrong, but they are a LOT of work! within the past month ive had 2 work opportunities that presented themselves to me, and in the end i had to come to terms with the fact that i still only have about 5 hours per week to myself, quiet.

the one i had to turn down was doing the illustrations for a 32-pg childrens book. it could have been fun, but not if i couldnt give it the full attentions it deserved. its not exactly something you can do well in only 5 hours a week! "soon enough", i tell myself, "my kids will both be off in school" and i'll have a good chunk of the day to get back to work in the ways that i can.. theyre only little for such a short time. i dont mind, really because theyre delightful little kids, so - not that im checking my watch or anything, but 4 years down, 2 to go!