“Fill your children with good thoughts before they go to bed. Ask them about their favorite part of the day, praise them for a good deed, pray with them, and tell them they’re the best gift God ever gave you. They’ll fall asleep feeling ten feet tall.” –David Young, from “A Little Guide to a Big Life”
“Be gentle with your children. They’re doing the best that they can.”
“If we want our children to stay hungry for knowledge, remain interested in questioning, enjoy the wonder of discovery, then we must leave them some clutter-free hours for friendship, the great out-of-doors, the rich world of imagination and the satisfaction of the skilled use of art supplies, music, dance, wood and clay.” –Elaine Cooper
“The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” –Peggy O’Mara
Okay those two pictures above are definitely my two new favorites. How sweet are my babes? And also, how big are they getting!? (Too big!) Ahhh, I’m so in love with those little faces!
The other day we had been planning a late afternoon picnic out in the yard. Finally the time came and we got all ready to head out. Just then we noticed the sky turning dark and within minutes it was pouring. It was such a disappointment! That last hour before bedtime is always one of the hardest of the day for me. That’s why I love to get outside at that time. Usually we take a walk to the park or have a snack & run around in the yard to get out our pre-bedtime jitters.
Since the rain was keeping us inside that day we did a little impromptu picnic on the kitchen floor. You can see those outtakes at the bottom of the post. The great news, however, is almost as quickly as that storm came on, it drifted away. With less than an hour before dark, the rain had faded to a light drizzle and we decided to adventure on out after all.
I was walking toward the grass, looking down at my camera, when Roman pointed up at the sky behind me, “Look, Mama, a rainbow.” The most gorgeous rainbow was, indeed, sprawled across the sky. The most stunning gift that follows many storms. I am so glad that Roman pointed it out to me, there’s a good chance I might have missed it otherwise! His curiosity and attention to detail constantly take my breath away. I have so much to learn from these dear babies of mine.
I’d like to take a moment now to talk about those adorable bandana bibs that they are wearing in this post. They were a gift from our friend, Ann, at Ikkletots Bibs. Ann is an amazing mama to two daughters, and a grandmother to three little ones.
She started Ikkletots Bibs with the hope of selling a range of bandana bibs with unique designs. Her pieces are contemporary with strong colors that coordinate with most outfits. Her quality-made bibs stay the course. I absolutely love them for my little ones. They are stylish and highly absorbent — perfect for drooling babies and messy meal times! Ann has over 155 five-star reviews and counting.
Last week, while I was working on Roman’s 3rd Birthday post, I took a little trip down memory lane. I found myself swooning over pictures from his first birthday party and comparing them with those from Marina’s. It really is overwhelming to think that both of my babies’ first birthday parties are behind me.
I don’t think that I will be having any more children and watching these milestones slip by is sometimes too much for my mama heart to handle. I try so hard to cherish all of these precious moments while they’re here because I know too well just how quickly it will all go. It feels like I blinked and Roman turned three. I know that I will blink again and he’ll be ten, and then twenty-one, and so on.
I find myself writing on this topic, of how fast it all goes, quite often. I suppose that when I think about motherhood, it’s just the thing that always comes into my mind. Children are the most beautiful reminder of how precious life is, and also how fleeting.
I’ve said it before, but it’s always worth repeating how much I love to throw special parties for my little ones. I’ve been asked about why I put so much time and effort into parties for such little babies, but I know that one day soon, I won’t have any say in the matter. My littles will have ideas of their own about how their parties should be. Scarier yet, I know that one day I won’t even be on the invite list. So you can bet that I’ll be cherishing every moment of these special tiny birthday parties while I still can.
BRU has always been my one-stop-shop for many of my birthday party needs. We’ve always trusted Pampers for a leak-free day (birthday or not!), and I depend on Dreft to be gentle for my babies, but tough enough to remove those pesky smash cake stains. Both products can be found at your local BRU. From June 1-25, BRU is running a promotion on both products, stop in and check that out.
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I had been trying to plan a trip to the museum for ages. Even though we live less than an hour outside of New York City, it’s still quite a challenge to get there these days. I used to go in often, at least every few months. There is so much to see and do.
I love nature. I live in a very suburban section of New Jersey and we are a very short drive from rural countryside. I spend most of my time in the country, in nature, in the woods. It’s my preference. But that is not to say that I don’t have a deep passion for the city, because I really do. There is something certainly magic about the hustle of city life. The city is rich with life and culture and diversity and grit. It makes my heart beat a little bit faster. I’m so grateful that I grew up getting to experience the extremes at both end of the culture spectrum.
Roman was so excited about our impending trip to the city and the museum. I wanted to test the limits of his little memory so I asked him, “Who works at the museum?” And sure enough he replied, “Professor Wiseman.” Any of you out there who have watched as much Curious George as I have will greatly appreciate his response, I’m sure.
The long awaited trip was almost cancelled that very morning when Marina woke up covered in little red spots. A quick detour to the pediatrician told us that she had an “amoxicillin reaction” to the antibiotics that had been treating her double-ear infection. But, it didn’t seem to bother her whatsoever and we were given the green light to move ahead with our plans.
Roman was absolutely enamored with the magic of the museum, the dinosaur bones were his favorite, and the beautiful light in that room rendered me helpless against snapping several pictures of him enjoying the scene. The museum with two toddlers is certainly a feat, and not one I plan to attempt again anytime soon, but it was a dream come true for me and a memory that Roman will cherish for a long time to come.
^^^ Way to keep it gully, kid. ^^^
^^^ My little polka-spotted girl. She isn’t at all thrilled with being in the stroller and it was damn-near impossible to snap a picture of her that day. ^^^