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My Dear Best Friend

Ted Ted sitting beside Blue Eyes to watch a movie

Ted Ted sitting beside Blue Eyes to watch a movie

My Dear Best Friend,

Someday, the night won’t be so scary. I won’t dread the lights being turned off, or of facing it alone. Thank you for seeing me through those first scary nights. Someday, I won’t take you everywhere. If you are forgotten in my world of imagination, just know that you helped me create it. Someday, I’ll stop sharing my food with your sweet stuffed face. But for now, we share every snack and every drink. You taught me how to share.

Someday, I’ll stop dragging you through the mud. But for now, let’s squish some more. Someday, I won’t sneak you into the shower when mommy’s back is turned. You helped me learn that bath time is a lot of fun. Someday, the washing machine won’t be the end of the world. I won’t stand crying as you spin the excess water away. I won’t turn the dryer off a hundred times, trying to get to you sooner. But don’t think I stopped loving you.

Someday, I’ll stop carrying you everywhere I go. But for now, your soft plush gives me the confidence I need in new places. You make mommy and daddy being gone, okay. Someday, I will leave home without you. You gave me the courage to face the world outside my home. Someday, I will explore the world on my own. You were my first adventure partner. I won’t forget the games we played.

Someday, I will be big and strong. But you showed me that it’s okay to be soft on the inside. Someday, I’ll have a family of my own. You were my first practice as I copied mommy and daddy. Someday, my little ones will have a best friend too. I won’t try to stop it. I know how precious your first best friend can be.

I love you, Ted Ted. I always will.
Blue Eyes

(Written by mommy after watching Blue Eyes and Ted Ted play)

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Dear Snow White

My beautiful Snow White

My beautiful Snow White

My dear sweet Snow White,
You have no idea the joy you bring to my life. I love you and your brother so much. Right now you are busy exploring the world. I have to admit, you have already developed mommy’s temper. It’s not a bad thing, you may get angry easily, but you forgive and forget easily too. Learning how to walk has definitely brought your little temper out. Sometimes your daddy and I just have to laugh at how cute you look when you get angry (don’t worry, daddy laughs at mommy’s temper too).

Sweetheart, right now you are fascinated with music. If you hear it you have to crawl over and find out where it’s coming from. Mommy and daddy hope you will always love music, and we will do our best to let you hear all kinds of music. You do love the classical piano music, which makes mommy happy. Some day mommy will introduce you to the wonderful world of musicals and operas. We will put on our fanciest dresses and have a day out. Sometimes mommy will take Blue Eyes as well so that you can both can learn about the beauty of well composed music.

Mommy is so excited that someday we will play dress up and tea party. We’ll twirl around in dresses until you laugh. Baby girl, mommy wants you to know that if you don’t like dresses, that’s okay too. There is a time to dress up and look pretty, and there is a time when you will need to get dirty. Mommy hopes that you will learn how to be a strong woman who isn’t afraid of a little hard work, but that you will also know how to be a lady and treat people with respect. My love, you can keep your hair as long or as short as you want. Daddy and I argue about it now, but mommy will never make you wear your hair how you hate it.

There are so many things mommy hopes you learn. I want you to learn to be kind to all people, even if they are not kind to you. I also hope that you learn how to stand up for yourself and for people who are not able to stick up for themselves. I want you to learn how to appreciate beautiful things, but also how to make beautiful things as well. And most of all, I want you to learn how beautiful and how much value you really have. I want you to learn that you are a person of worth and that nobody can take that from you ever. I hope you teach others how to value themselves and how to love who you are. I also pray that you will pick someone who appreciates and treats you like you are a person of value. I know you will chose who you love and marry, but mommy wants you to learn to pick someone who treats you like you are the most important thing in the world. You deserve the best, my beautiful little girl.

Mommy knows you will have struggles. Mommy knows how hard it is to be a girl in a world that values the superficial. Mommy knows that you will have to learn how to stand up for yourself, and that mommy can only teach you so much. But my beautiful Snow White, I know you will have your daddy and mommy to love and support you. Mommy wants you to know that daddy loves you so very much. Sometimes he gets scared at raising a girl in todays world, but if you could see the way he looks at you, you would know you will always be daddy’s little girl.

I know you will fight with your brother sometimes. But mommy and daddy hope you will realize that you are here for each other. I hope you will stand up for your brother and he will stand up for you. He really loves you even if he pushes you down sometimes. Every night Blue Eyes has to help mommy put you to sleep. He lets you play with his teddy and sometimes he will let you hold on to his blankie when your tired. That’s very special my love. Your brother doesn’t share with most people.

Baby girl, I love you so much.
Mommy

Blue Eyes discovers Mud Pies

During the day BIL accidently left the back door open after the lawn got watered. It wasn’t a big deal, until Blue Eyes discovered this fact. It got awful quiet, really quick. I looked down for two seconds and looked back up just in time to see Blue Eyes putting muddy hand prints on my leg. Yay for boys! He ran quickly back outside and since he was already covered in mud, I thought I wouldn’t miss the opportunity for a photo op. I ducked back inside and grabbed my camera, making sure my little monster didn’t follow me in. So here is my lovely blue eyes enjoying every moment of the wonderful mud.

what is this gooey stuff?

what is this gooey stuff?

running, running, running.... keep those little feet running

running, running, running…. keep those little feet running

This isn't pie....

This isn’t pie….

Domino could care less that Blue Eyes is covered in mud

Domino could care less that Blue Eyes is covered in mud

Hey this stuff feels squishy!

Hey this stuff feels squishy!

Water!

Water!

Hey something's missing

Hey something’s missing

What gets dirty, must get clean

What gets dirty, must get clean

All clean again

All clean again

Chaos and muddy paws

Rare quiet moment gone… but this is worth it

Now that the evenings are finally starting to cool off, we leave the doors open in the evening. Of course we leave the screens closed since there are still bugs this time of year. So as I’m sitting here, one of the puppies decided they needed to go outside. INSTEAD of waiting for me to open the screen door, he pops it out of place. Out run all four dogs. I don’t mind as it gets them out of the house, and they can get some energy out. A few peaceful minutes of no dogs and then it happens. Baby Blue Eyes notices there is no screen blocking him in. As fast as those little legs can carry him, he crawls for the door.

Now maybe I’m a horrible mother, but curious to see what he’s up to, I let him continue. Instead of continuing to play outside like normal dogs, all of my pups decide to run around my couches. Unfortunately, the sprinklers went off early today so there are muddy prints all around my home, very wet puppies and a baby that needs new clothes. Altogether a mess I was not expecting to deal with today.

I let baby blue continue to play while I grab each puppy and rinse off their paws. Well Bear had to be completely rinsed since he loves water and was covered more than any of the others. I get each puppy clean and in the house and then deal with the baby. He’s easier to clean than a bunch of puppies.

So the puppies are tuckered out, and the baby is tucked into a bed. This is one of the few peaceful moments in my house. No puppies barking at each other, no baby babble that I love so much, the dishwasher is quiet, and the laundry is between loads. One peaceful moment in time.

As normal that didn’t last long. Domino is barking at some phantom noise and big brother Blackjack is charging to the rescue. Thank goodness Bear is already in with the baby and Gamble is too tired to move. Another not so quiet evening at home. Hope you all have a nice evening.

 

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