Monday, April 26, 2010

A Brief Respite

Really? It's been over a month? Why the break? I usually have so much to say ;) Oh...you know. The move. The tax season. The hubby who had a break and likes to be on the go. The glorious spring weather. Just livin' the good life.

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And if you prefer to not hear me gush about my kids, probably time to tune out. Because they have been making me deliriously happy lately. They make me want to have six more kids so I don't have to be out of this phase for a long time. I find myself being drawn into their world a lot more lately. Which is just fine, I'll take advantage while I feel that way. Because I don't always feel that way. So I think that has more to do with the blogging break than anything.

My heart leaps to look back and see Abbey put her arm around Hayden and snuggle her in when I walk out of their room at night. To see the kid who protests when I try to wash shampoo out of her hair all of a sudden dunk her face in the pool and swim four feet. To hear the kid who hasn't had much to say all of a sudden using 5-6 word sentences. To glance out the windows at the gym that overlook the pool to see that my sweet husband checked the kids out of daycare, changed them into swimsuits, and is playing a mean game of sharks and minnows. To find Abbey more interested in Jesus at Easter time and a little terrified and confused about the bunny. It wasn't endearing at the time when she kept us up all night. Once to see if the bunny came. Once to make sure I left a note on the door asking him to leave the candy outside. And once to ask me to call him and just cancel all together. If my daughter tells your kid there's no Easter bunny, I do apologize. J had had enough :)

This one is getting the perfect sense of humor.

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She does this thing called 'two mommies' where she crosses her left eye a bit so that she sees two of me. She's doing it in the picture above, but usually her face is really serious because she knows it makes me laugh harder that way. She likes to hold my GPS while we drive and was insisting we were lost yesterday and said, "We're lost. I know it. We're lost in South Cakota."

I wouldn't say she's the most sensitive kid. But the other day she was helping with dinner and some onion juice went into a little cut on my finger. I grimaced and she thought I had cut my thumb. She grabbed it and put pressure on it with both hands and calmly said, "Oh mom, it's ok. It's ok, you're doing great." And I totally let her think I was hurt so she would pamper me for a few minutes. It felt so good.


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The Haydster has taken my heart by storm. Absolutely adorable. Making up for her rotten infant years, I suppose. She is a delight and still has the softest skin. When I've been away from her for a few hours, I get little butterflies in my stomach when I see her again.

The peanut pays attention and has quite the memory. If you get a chance, ask her about Darity and the ghost. It's hilarious! She can charm me out of any mood. Whenever we start to raise our voices at her, she'll whisper, "Shhhh! The baby is sleeeeping!" Then we smile and the little enchantress goes on her way.

Aaaannnd...I'm done. These people make my life so sweet. The end.


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16 comments:

always loven life said...

Love it Ashley. Thanks for such a beautiful post! Enjoy, enjoy!

The B Hunters said...

its so nice when a mom loves being a mom. Thanks for the reminder. We love and miss you!! Heather

Allison and Noah Riley said...

Oh, I've missed you! I was going to mention something yesterday, but didn't want to guilt you into blogging if that means you're out - gasp! - living life :). But how I've missed updates on these little faces. I was laughing right out loud over all the Abbey stories. That girl kills me!

Nicole said...

I, too, have missed your posts and especially your calming, beautiful pictures. Glad to know your OUT THERE and loving being a mom. :)

Randy, Alanna, and Keira said...

so cute. Hopefully we can come up and visit you guys this summer. Keira still talks about her friends Abbey and Hayden and wonders why they can't just come over and play.

Erica said...

I've been waiting for more pictures! The girls are so cute and SO grown up! I'm excited to see them in person in a month! HOORAY, it finally worked for us:)

Tara Ann said...

Beautiful pictures! And, everyone should read such a beautiful post so that they can see and share in the joy that we mother's get to feel everyday (or almost everyday if we are being honest:))

Aubrey said...

Sweet! I have been waiting for another post! Glad you guys got through moving and Easter (haha) and are being able to live life again! those girls are a delight to see!

swell.life said...

those curls! those pig tails!

glad you're back. :)

allyn said...

of course your pictures are completely entrancing (that abbey can come up with such funny faces, yet too cute for words). i am totally with you on the charming children thing. sometimes i want to run away from home, and other times (most of the time) i am in ecstacy with little people squeezing me.
your family is too adorable. thanks for letting us in on it, some.

Melissa said...

I'm glad you are back in blogging mode. I love keeping up with your cute family!!! I hope you like the pumpkin muffins, they really are very moist and VERY yummy!

The Hodsons said...

Glad to see you are back to blogging, but it sounds like you've had your hands full. Your girls are adorable and the pictures capture this post so much!! Erica tells me you will be in town soon :)

Corie said...

What a sweet post. I'm glad you've been having a fantastic time as mom to those two adorable girls. I LOVE that in the last photo strip, Abbey looks exactly like you! This post was a good reminder to me to document all those little moments that are forgotten too quickly. Little ones are such a blessing.

michelle said...

that. is. SO. adorable :)

kenzie said...

Those pictures are absolutely gorgeous!
Glad you're back.

Melissa and Justin said...

Where did you move to? Anyways, as always your pictures are amazing, it probably makes it easier to get good pictures with the cute little ones; seriously they are SO stinking cute. I know what you mean about wanting a lot more so you don't have to leave these phases behind for a long time. I just have to keep reminding myself that I am not crazy and it will be just as great if we wait a bit. Good luck with everything you have going on.