Friday, February 4, 2011

Ordinary

That was my week.
Sweet, blissful, ordinary.

Dressing up as a FIREMAN and a PIRATE,
pre-bedtime SCRABBLE matches with Andrew,

Trader Joes,
lunch date with C,
after school ice cream, 
PAINTING firetrucks, 

READING "Ginger Pye",
reading "Is This the House of Mistress Mouse" or as C calls it "Knock-Knock",
spelling and government tests, 
BUBBLE baths,
toddler GYM class,
story time at the LIBRARY,

music class, 
SWIM practices,
basketball,
laundry,
volunteering at school,
bills,
up all night with C curled up next to me in my bed,
(I didn't sleep a wink, but wouldn't trade these fleeting moments when I can provide
complete COMFORT and protection from whatever is ailing him),
watching my youngest become my eldest's little shadow, 
 the way he so proudly imitates,

like when Andrew put some Legos in a zip lock bag,
 I watched Charlie run to the drawer in the kitchen where I keep the bags,
grab one for himself and confidently put his Match Box cars in it - "see Andoo, see?"

  It was cold out this week. 
Almost hurt to breath.
Our house is old , drafty, and chilly too but we kept each other warm.
We laughed, danced, sang, and enjoyed our little family. 
Just ordinary everyday, beautiful life. 


I even caught Charlie correcting Elmo. 
I saw him toting Elmo around while I was preparing dinner,
then putting him on the bottom step and running to try set the timer on the oven,
all the while saying "never throw, Elmo, never throw." 
Apparently, Elmo was in time out. 
He was gentle and loving in the way he disciplined and
then hugged Elmo when his time out was over. 
I thought to myself, I must be doing something right if this is how he imitates me.  
Really, moments like this - they do my heart good.

15 comments :

  1. Oh my gosh, the Elmo time out, precious. That "Free Hugs" video totally had me bawling too. Have a sweet and cozy weekend, my friend. :)

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  2. What a "great MOM" you are!!!!!

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  3. Have you read the book "Mitten Strings for God?" It's all about the little moments of motherhood. Katrina Kennison...she also wrote "The Gift Of An Ordinary Day." Great reads!

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  4. Sometimes ordinary is extraordinary. I really enjoyed this post. Wonderful photos of your boys. Being a mommy of boys it melts my heart.

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  5. Such a sweet post! I have to admit, as much as out-of-the-ordinary can be fun, I rather enjoy ordinary weeks, too. Oh, and the Elmo time-out story is precious! :)

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  6. What a great Mom you are! And very lucky to have two such sweet boys!

    Melissa

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  7. What an absolutely wonderful extraordinarily ordinary day...

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  8. ordinary moments make the best moments.....love the pictures of your boys and life going on all around them....

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  9. love the pics! My Connor has the same hat as your son in the first pictures. Ordinary can quite often in itself be extraordinary. :0)

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  10. Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my boys. The pics in this post weren't the greatest and I didn't edit them. Sometimes I just try to capture a snapshot of what life and typical days are like with my boys at age 2 and 8. They change so quickly. Thank you for reading! xo, Tessa

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  11. Hello,

    It's such a loving post. Thank you for sharing. Enjoy those precious moments.
    Claudia

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  12. I spy a Honey Bee Tee. Can we set Charlie & Stella up? She's a little older...will be 3 in May, but that's OK, right?

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  13. good eye, Tiffany!! I was wondering if anyone would recognize it!! I love Darby's shirts! This one was my favorite so far! Have a great week! Tessa
    PS. Charlie's ok with older women, especially one as cute as Stella. He thinks he's is 6 to begin with! :)

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  14. I stumbled upon your blog somehow and am so glad I did! Love your words about your simple, ordinary life - especially the last paragraph about your son disciplining Elmo (so sweet!). I have a baby boy myself and look forward to those moments when we can watch his little personality emerge through play.

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