Thursday, May 19, 2011

My Little Runaway...

...run, run, run, run, runaway. :) I had this song stuck in my head all morning yesterday, and I had no clue where it came from. Little did I know that this would become my theme song for the afternoon.


I have this dream of taking my girls to the park, lying around lazily reading books, giggling, and napping in the shade of a yellow ribbon tied oak tree. That's the dream. I know it sounds a little...sickeningly perfect...but wouldn't that be lovely? I thought so. Yesterday sealed the deal...it ain't never gonna happen. (Mirella, that is horrible English, don't copy it...haha.)

I spread out our magic carpet, and sprinkled it with Little Golden Books. The world of Eloise Wilkin's chubby cheeked, well mannered, mary janed children was waiting for us to explore. Evelyn decided she'd rather explore every square inch of Lincoln Park. I couldn't have kept her still if I tied her to the tree we were sitting under.



It didn't help that some high school kids were practicing their sand volleyball skills 20 feet away from us. If Evelyn has an audience, it definitely ups the "let's make mommy look a fool" ante. So of course she thoroughly enjoyed performing for her incredibly uncaptivated audience. Evelyn, I'm sorry...but teenagers are pretty much interested in themselves and well...that's about it.




Gracie, however, fully immersed herself in the experience. I'm pretty sure she sank about a foot into the grass when I put her down on our blanket. :)

Even though I spent the majority of our time chasing around Evie's tutu'd behind, there were definitely moments, however brief, that I stopped to noticed how our world is beginning to change. It sort of hit me like a freight train. I may be nowhere near having two children who are ready to block out distractions and get lost in a storybook with me, but my daughters are growing up in so many ways. And they're growing together.


Gracie can get pretty much anywhere she wants to go already by scooting and rolling across a room. She can sit up unsupported. Grace splashes with her sister in the big girl bath tub. She's eating baby food. She has TWO TEETH! She has very clear preferences for things. And consequently, my girls have already had plenty of fights over one prized toy or another.


Evelyn is blowing us away by the things coming out of her mouth these days. She even makes up songs. Like her new rendition of "Hit the Road Jack" (one of her favorites) that goes a little something like this: "Don't shake your butt no more, no more." She pulled this one out during bath time tonight...with a little shimmy move to go with it. Eric and I died laughing.

Combine both of my girls' new abilities and you get a real, true sisterhood beginning to form. Grace can roll her way to Evie whenever she pleases, and Evelyn has found a renewed interest in crawling around on the floor with her. Tonight we couldn't find Evelyn anywhere, and we finally discovered her sitting covered up in Grace's crib beside her sleeping sister. "I'm sleeping with Gracie," she said. It's exciting to watch. And sweet. And a little bit magical. Their friendship changes with each passing day, and I'm almost certain that if Gracie were to disappear tomorrow Evelyn would definitely miss her. :)



And now as I sit here able to reflect on this day, I'm pretty sure Evelyn wasn't showing off her naughty runaway skills for high schoolers after all. If I remember correctly, there were frequent glances her sister's way as she dashed and darted in every direction. And oh my goodness, Grace had her eye on her big sister the entire time. Of course. I didn't see it then...but maybe that's because I was the one who was distracted by a volleyball game - worried about balls being spiked at my babies' heads or Evie heading straight for the sand pit. Evelyn could have cared less about a game of volleyball happening in the background...her stage was set for one person and one person only...Gracie girl. And judging from Grace's happy giggles, I think she would have given her performing big sister a standing ovation. If she could stand. :)

Gracie was keeping her eyes on her big sister. :)



I realize there is plenty of time for hair pulling and the constant stream of "Mooom..." and fights over "borrowing" things from each other...I'm fully aware that life is not always sunshine and daises. But in light of recent events, it's even more important for me to remember that we're not promised tomorrow. So I'm not going to worry about tomorrow. Right now I think our address might be somewhere over the rainbow, and I'm going to hold onto it for as long as possible.


Because someday, well...both of my girls really will "run away." And that's just not something I'm ready to think about yet. :)



"See ya!"

6 comments:

The Pettijohn's said...

Very cute post! Now I have that song stuck in my head. Lol!

Heather Rahn said...

Your family is like a Norman Rockwell painting.

Sarah said...

Haha, that's awesome Heather!!

Adrien, can you follow me & my boys around for the day?? With your talent for photos & words of grace, I think you could make our ordinary day look glamerous :)

Adrien said...

Hahaha...

You've figured me out, Sarah. I read this quote on Kelle Hampton's blog one day and never looked back:

"A writer's job is to make the ordinary come alive, to awaken ourselves to the specialness of simply being. ...A writer is a visitor from the Midwest to New York City for the first time, only she never leaves the Midwest; she sees her own town with the eyes of a tourist in New York City. And she begins to see her life this way too." - Natalie Goldberg

It honestly transformed my perspective. :)

Cassie said...

Awwwww, I love this!!

Kim Luke said...

seriously your camera is amazing!! love the pictures! i fear going to the park once Layla is here. Landon takes off like Evelyn does, but doens't stop. and I have a fear of having to leave the baby while I go running down a hill chasing him. lol

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