Let me start by saying I adore my children. I want to be with them almost all the time. I love teaching them new things, applauding their accomplishments, and kissing their owies. Today I had 6 hours to myself. An hour in the car each way with whatever I wanted on the radio and sometimes silence. I walked down every aisle at Hobby Lobby without once having to say "don't touch that!" and I sat and looked through pattern books without interruption. I ate lunch at De La Vega's and read a book without picking up crayons from beneath the table or mopping up spilled juice. I tried on a dozen things at Target without rushing and without comments about the size of my backside or the amount of stretchmarks on my tummy. And while I was in the "big city" I got an iced coffee at Starbucks. It was heaven. The best part is I got to come home to big smiles, little voices shouting "mama's home!", and beautiful sticker filled anniversary cards.
In the last 5 years we have had 2 wonderful daughters, traveled to many beautiful places, bought our first house and turned it into a home, survived separations due to deployments, and I can't wait to have him home at the end of this one.
My little girl is getting so big! She is 100% potty trained, starting to turn her large vocabulary into sentences, asking "why?" almost as often as her big sister does, and wants to do everything herself. She is still very loud and impatient and sure of herself as she has been since birth. She's very quick to cry or get angry, but also very quick to forgive and hug and say sorry. She still loves cuddles, and breastfeeding, and hanging out in the baby carrier sometimes. She is such a good mommy to her baby dolls and loves to prepare food for them in her toy kitchen. Her artistic skills are improving, but we're still working on keeping the crayons and paint on the paper and not the walls, floor, skin, etc. She likes to count and usually makes it to about 3 or 4, but can say all the numbers through 10.