As we were on our hike, memories came flooding back from the last time we hiked this trail. ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO with a tiny little puppy and a little boy in a baby carrier. WOW how time has flown.
2 Years Ago:
Today: (sadly Mera is too old to make the hike anymore)
This thanksgiving was not about what I would fill my belly with. It was about the people in my life who I am thankful for. There are so many of them I am so grateful to have in our lives. My neighbors (who thoughtfully invited us to share a pre Thanksgiving gathering with them and their huge family) and who continue to truly more than neighbors to us. I am thankful for my family…both near and far (and luckily we had one special guy to share it with…thanks Pop for joining us this Thanksgiving). And our friends (whom many know the insides of our hearts.) Yes, I did use this day to indulge in an extra piece of homemade pumpkin pie…but truly my heart is smiling from the people that continue to make our life so meaningful.
We continued our yearly tradition with a hike. It was a blast.
I keep wondering why I can’t keep up. Please tell me you too have a pile of things to be dealt with and a to do list that doesn’t seem to get checked off. Am I the only one that feels way behind? Just when I think I get a handle on some of it, I turn around and there is more to do. And as I sit here pretending like the mess doesn’t exist, I now hear the baby, who is supposed to be napping, yelling “Bubba” from her room. No one is coming to rescue you girl…or me for that matter.
In the midst of the craziness, I sure have enjoyed these kids. This last week there has been time shared around the fire, time spent together harvesting sweet potatoes from our garden, conversations about our favorite parts of the day, moments laughing at the way Mabry dances every time she hears anything that resembles music (which includes the hand mixer). My to do’s and piles of things can wait for another day, or week, or another time when life is not full of what matters. I can’t keep up..because time is moving so fast. Gress’ brand new pants are already too short, Mcree is now making breakfast (the kid loves to make eggs), and Mabry has new words (and dance moves) daily. Every night Rad and I go in to look at the kids. We stand there and sigh at how big they have become, almost like we missed months and every night they seem exponentially bigger. In the midst of trying to “keep up” I so don’t want to miss these special moments. That is my prayer.
This four year old had a special day jumping his energy out with friends at an inflatable indoor playground, shooting fireworks with neighbors, opening presents and eating cake, and having the Mexican restaurant celebrate your day. Hard to believe this handsome guy is 4 years old! He is perfecting his wink and crooked smile but little does he know he is already too cute to need all that.
I hardly remember almost 4 years ago before this sweet boy entered my life. I have loved every minute with Mcree. He is sweet, and fun, and tough, and hilarious. He loves to cuddle, loves to get dirty, and loves to help. He is brave, and strong, yet still sensitive. He is loud, and independent, and opinionated. He is curious, and creative, and resourceful. He captures your heart with his sweet little mischievous smile. My life is so much better because of this guy! I can’t wait to see his personality grow over this next year! Tomorrow starts another year of your life Mcree. I am so thankful to have you by my side!
I look at this sweet mixture of kids are am reminded that some of them are only separated by months in age but that they all share a special bond because of being cousins. There is just something very special about that relationship and I hope one day I get to see their friendships blossom. For now I just feel lucky that we live in the same state that we can often get together and see all the little (and BIG) personalities in one room. Being together is crazy, and loud and full of sweet bonds being made. And honestly I love being with my sister and seeing her love on her little ones (and mine too). My visits are always too short, and our time together could linger on for days. And my sis is always so understanding that other family have to steal our time away too while we are in Atlanta. But today I am grateful that we could get away, even if for only 48 hours, to road trip to see some special people! And I am especially thankful for kids that tolerate being belted in a car sear for 4 hours straight.
The kids and I took a quick trip to Atlanta to see family. Lucky for us we spent a whole day with their nana. The boys love their nana! She is silly, and fun, and loving and engaged in whatever they are interested in. She will play football or sit on the floor to read a book or play games. We all loved our time with her. Especially Mabry who wanted Nana to hold her or read to her. Thanks Nana for making our time great!
The days have gotten busy and as I sit here staring at the piles to be filed and laundry to be folded and put away, I can’t help but get distracted by the life that has been happening all around me. Sometimes I can’t remember what I did yesterday so my photos help jog my memory to the days we spent busy with school, or field trips, or just having fun.
This little girl is a great help at “reorganizing” my drawers and cleaning out under my sofa. One of those tasks is more helpful than the other. Mcree keeps asking to “do school” and doesn’t realize counting and sorting and matching are all learning. Gress has been doing GREAT at school and I can see real progress happening so that has been exciting. And for those of you that have been waiting 9+ years for me to learn the guitar…I’m happy to report Gress and I are now learning together. We are going to make a great duo! 🙂
This is my student, and my sidekick, my sense of humor, my hugger, my helper and my sweet sweet boy. Love this handsome guy!
My kids relish in having family around. How special to have Grandmommie and PawPaw here for a few days. Mabry even followed PawPaw around calling his name. Sweet sweet time for us all and we were so thankful to have this time with them.