Thursday, January 10, 2008

something new



rocks. i'm always surprised and somewhat grounded by the mass appeal of this very basic gift from nature. i don't know why i am surprised anymore, you would think by the third child i would come to expect it, but no, i again laugh at myself and at the simplicity of the situation when we take all of the children to the glorious pool (four pools, actually, and fountains to splash in, jacuzzis, and a children's pool) and my babies first priority is to sit and play with rocks. funny, too, how i could gauge the passerby's child-rearing status, even if they didn't appear to have any children with them by their reaction to the girls. there were those who would nod their heads, laugh to themselves, or elbow their spouse, and say "remember when so-and-so used to do that?" then there were those who would kind of gawk, or stare, and very obviously didn't understand why these children would rather sit and play with the silly pile of rocks rather than take advantage of the magnificent man-made experiences. so i started to wonder really, what was the appeal? i think the purely natural element of them, for one thing, is refreshing in a society filled with mass-produced, brightly colored, plastic "look at me!" contraptions. rocks are soothing, and can be anything a child needs for them to be. for piper, i think, they seemed to fill more basic, developmental needs, the ones you would expect from a 10-month-old: teething, and sorting. picking them up and placing them down. but for apple, they were so much more, almost a familiar and comforting way to ease into the new surroundings, especially considering she is somewhat reserved when it comes to the water. once she had seemed to "settle in" to the environment, she abandoned the rocks and was ready, eventually, to brave her way into the shallow end of the pool. it was just a reminder to me, once again, that if we give our children time, trust, and space, they will counter with confidence, growth, and willingness.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

mini-vacation








our mini-family-vacation has been rolling along grandly, and we met these mini-friends and saw these mini-sites along the way. i can't believe all of the inticate detailing and hours of work and dedication that must have gone into creating these pint-sized replicas of famous destinations. some of my favorite were the grand canyon, and mount rushmore, below.










Monday, January 7, 2008

fast forward

now that the holidays are officially over, it's really hitting me. my baby, my first born child, is about to turn five. i'm sure i'm not the first mama whose baby has turned five, but the reality of it is really starting to kick in. i just came across some of his old baby pictures, including the one above, and all of those emotions i felt as a first time mother come flooding back: the pure, unadulterated love i felt for my child, the memory of just staring at him for hours, the way his skin felt as i nursed him to sleep, and above all else the question of how any other child could possibly compare to this one? now that he's just about five, a lot of things are different. i no longer nurse him to sleep (although he would still rest next to "boo" if he could, every night), he has two little sisters, so i understand being able to love all of your children just as much and completely different, and i don't stare at him for hours on end, as if the world is pausing just for us. okay, at least not often...
with the three little ones under five years old it has been very easy to get caught up in the to-do list of the day, but as rye's special day approaches, i am beginning to realize just how fleeting this childhood thing is. in 2008 i am making it a priority to celebrate the little moments with my babies, to step back, and do more observing of them and the beauty of their play, every day.

Friday, January 4, 2008

our celebrity look-a-likes




these are apple's look-a-likes. they crack me up. the site suggested using more than one photo, and seeing if there were any crossover celebrities, and those would be who you truly resemble. funny, never would i have thunk kate bosworth would be apple's celebrity look-a-like. hmmm.

mine is below. i got a lot of random people, but a few consistent hits: emmy rossum, julia roberts, and maria menounos.

rye's was the funniest, (the very bottom) he matched the cutest little girls (awww...) and some really random ones, like oprah.