Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A New Everyday and The Kind Stranger

The everyday for me has changed so drastically. It has been a little over a month, since that first day of school!

When the kids all get up, most mornings, the girls get everyone breakfast. Then, they get themselves ready for school, while the boys watch cartoons. I love having independent children, but my goodness, I didn't think it would happen this quick.

I take the girls to the bus at 8:20 and then come back to my house of boys. I had the dishes done, the laundry folded, floors vacuumed, school with the boys complete, all before 10:00 in the morning. I looked around and said out loud, "wow, this is a really strange feeling, I like it!" The boys were riding bikes outside, the house was clean, and I was in awe, I still had my whole day ahead of me!

Of course, my old life comes back around 4:00 each day, when that big yellow bus comes and doubles my head count. But, the eight hours of quiet, that each school day brings, helps me deal with the few hours of craziness at night.

Two boys, for two years, this is my new life! A big change is having to go check on them more often. They are so quiet and I can't always hear what they are up to. With the girls, I could usually figure out what they were doing by what they were saying, and they were always saying.

I know that when summer rolls around again, it's going to hit me like a ton of bricks. Four kids again. Everyday. For three whole months. But, for nine long months, I am going to be a mom with only two kids. Daily errands are going to be a breeze in comparison!

I am also getting used to not always doing girly things. Like the music in the car. Up until now, we always listened to Hannah Montana, Highs School Musical, Taylor Swift, but it feels kind of funny always putting that on, with it just being me and the boys. They are used to it of course and pretty much know all the songs, but I still feel like I should play something more manly. I know Erik would agree!

A side note:

This last weekend, walking out of the grocery store, a lady in her car stops us and rolls down her passenger window. I thought she was going to ask us a question, or that she was giving us the, "your child is standing up in the cart and I am worried about him," statement. No, she was just stopping to give us this beautiful vase of flowers! She said, that she had grown them in her garden, she was leaving on vacation and she wanted to give them to someone to enjoy! I gladly accepted! It is so amazing how a simple act of kindness can completely bless your day!

During this gloomy fall day, they are doing a lovely job of cheering up my kitchen! They smell amazing and every time I walk by, I smile!

Thank you kind stranger!

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  1. What beautiful flowers, and what a beautiful woman for doing such a thing! I wish the news would tell about that!

  2. You're simply amazing!
    What a beautiful family!

    You're pictures are amazing:)
    I look forward to following


  3. Hey girl....You were mentioned on Twitter via Define You Photography...FYI!!:)

  4. Those flowers are gorgeous! So nice of her. Glad you get a little bit of quiet time. :)

  5. That's so sweet! It always makes me ask myself why I didn't think of it first.

  6. What a sweet gesture! It's little things like that which remind us that there really is still some good in the world.

    When I was 20, my boyfriend at the time and I had gone to a mom-n-pop type restaurant for dinner. When we tried to pay, the waitress said our bill was already taken care of. She pointed to a booth where an elderly couple were eating. I went over to say thanks, figuring they had known my Pappap or something. But they said, "You look like a nice couple and we wanted to treat you."

    Didn't even know us! I will never, ever forget that. I hope when I'm older, I'll be able to find the means to do the same for another young couple.