|Chase - that's not safe! No, don't worry Mom, it's totally safe.|
|Worms in the little rain puddles - toddler adventures|
|The captain of his own indoor airplane|
If you have spoken with me in the past few months, then you know that I have been complaining an awful lot about these two - the "do-overs" who are still at home with me during the day. People often jokingly call me Martha because of all the homemade stuff I do, but if you have ever stopped by unannounced then you often will find me crazy-eyed chasing these two around and apologizing for the mess.
Here's the thing, time just shifted. I don't know how or exactly when, but very very recently it shifted. This past weekend all four children were home and as I was busy bustling around making homemade laundry detergent, fixing food, or cutting a sewing pattern - you know, normal things. I caught myself being fully engrossed in my own activity when I realize it had been quite some time since I last checked in with the little kids. Imagine my surprise when I found Lane - the toddler - laying on her stomach carefully drawing lines with a pen on a colored piece of paper. And she was totally content.
Or today when the sun was blasting through the windows and I knew that it was the perfect day to finish off all the early springtime preparations in the garden. Lane followed me outside and then fully entertained herself for one hour while I weeded. Then I came inside and chase had made himself a pretend airplane next to the window that overlooks the garden. He watched us work outside while he played in the safety of his home.
I'm stopping myself right here, right now in this moment to take stock. Because I think the littles just grew up a little.