Friday, May 31, 2013

May Letters

It's time for a monthly wrap up! Is it really the last day of May?? Doing it a little differently this time. Here are our favorite pictures and memories from this month with some of my favorite people. :)




Evelyn,

I love you so much. What a great kid you are, smart and funny! I am amazed at the conversations we have and how old you seem, but that also means that sometimes I have to remind myself that you're not even four years old yet. You need my patience, too. If you were my one and only I know I would still be calling you my baby; instead, you're the "big girl" of the family. Thank you for being an awesome big sister...showing patience, kindness, and lots of love to your little brother and sister.

When I look at you I see those round, butterball cheeks and that grin...and there isn't a day that I don't try to close my eyes and remember you as a baby. When it was just you and me hanging out at home together. I miss it. I really really miss those days. You were my first born. I just want to hold you like I hold Reagan now - tucked neatly in my arms, close to my chest, your head under my chin. Now I can barely lift you into your carseat. :)



I used to think that I was more of a big kid, school-aged person. I've always said that I will be in my element when I have slightly older kids. Now I'm not so sure. I know I'm going to miss these days so much it will make my heart ache. So I'm trying to bottle up as much essence of Evie as I can while you're still my little girl. (Yes, yes, I know. You're a big girl now.) I will hang onto the sounds of you "cookin recipes" in the kitchen sink, clomping around in my high heels, and that cute voice of yours when you tell a story. I will try to be more patient when you need help with "disney junior dot com!" and when I find your latest creations scattered all over the house. You have a big imagination - just like your mama did. I may get flustered and squawk like a crazy person sometimes, but I love you for it. Keep being funny, friendly, and imaginative. You will go far!



Grace,

I love you so much. At just two and a half years old, I feel like I have a life-long friend in you. But you know, one of those on-again off-again relationships, where one minute we are hugging and laughing and the next minute we are having the war to end all wars. :) You are spunky, you are strong-willed, and you are fearless. You are a lot of things that I am not. You will, undoubtedly, conquer anything you set your mind to.

When I think of you I see those squinty eyes and that great big smile. I hear the sound of your feet pitter-pattering around the house, always busy. I get the impression that my favorite memories with you are beginning right now. When you turn on music, grab my hand, and make me dance with you and twirl you around. When you "read" books. When you crawl onto my lap for a cuddle. It drives me nuts when you grab my face and turn it to make me look at you whenever you please (haha), but someday I will miss my cheeks cupped in those little hands. You are not far behind your sister, and that line between toddler and big girl is growing thinner every day.



How is that you can love climbing and love dresses at the same time? You're a princess and a pirate. You're sweet and you are rowdy. You're happy and you are fiery. You are always keeping us on our toes. :)



Reagan,

I love you so much. One little look from you melts my heart, and I am putty in your pudgy hands. We have a special relationship that transcends words. You are eight months old now, and I can't believe how big you are. Sitting up, practically crawling, babbling in that boyish voice. I can't wait to hear the thoughts that are going on in your head!

I will never forget the love you have for your fingers. :) You always have one, two, or all five of them in your mouth at any given time. Your eyes light up when we buckle you into your carseat. You enjoy going places, and you are the best traveling baby! I have no fears taking you anywhere. You are a great sleeper, always smiley, and easy going - what more could a mama ask for?



Reagan, we have big dreams for you. Parents always dream for their babies, and I hope that we can expose you to enough things, encourage you the way you deserve, teach and guide you in such a way that you find your niche and aim high. From fixing your own cars, to understanding the worlds of finance and politics, to practicing a good, firm handshake and how to give a great speech - your daddy has you covered. And I will help you to open up your imagination. I will encourage you to write, to dream, to play. I will teach you how to treat a young lady. With two big sisters, you'll get lots of practice. :) Most importantly, your dad and I can't wait to teach you and share the love of God with you.



To all of my children,

I pray for your futures already. I pray for future friends, future paths that you take, and yes - even a future spouse. It's never too early! We have three very different, individual, little people running around our house. I love it.

Our lives are not perfect. I will never be a perfect mom, and as my kids, you already know that more than anyone else. Some days I can put up with a lot. Some days I just need SLEEP. Please know that even when I look like Frankenstein's bride around here, I still love you. People keep telling me that one day I will miss the messes. I will miss the noise. I will miss the juggle of having several small kids at once. Haha. I'm not sure that I will ever miss dividing my time between constant cleaning up after little people and NEVER getting a full nights sleep. But I know I will miss the feelings I get when life is just too darn good. Because tight hugs, frequent kisses, and hearing "I love you..." really does make it all worth it. Let's just never stop doing that stuff, okay? I promise I'll contain myself around your friends. :)



I am really looking forward to a great summer with all three of you. The smell of sunscreen, the squeak of park swings, splashing in the water, lemon shake ups and funnel cakes, hearing your laughter. We will have up days and down days. I am just thankful for ANY day that we have together. Love you!

Mom


3 comments:

Heather said...

Awww tears! Your kids are so lucky to have you, and to have this place where they can come look back when they are older and see exactly what their mama thought of them when they were younger. Love it.

Adrien said...

Thank you so much, Heather. :)

Cassie said...

tears! this is awesome. i say it all the time and i mean it every.single.time - you are such a great mom!

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