It’s mid March and I don’t even know where the last few weeks have gone. With my mother visiting we have been in a lovely, happy family bubble. She has just left this morning for the airport which is always hard to say goodbye but knowing we will be visiting her in 129 days (not counting at all) I just look back and am grateful we have had this chance to spend so much quality time together. Luckily enough we even got to celebrate UK Mother’s Day and her birthday (and some Easter crafting too) while she was here. Bonus!
The kids are getting to that age where they are starting to remember doing things with Grandma and I love that. They are so closed to all their grandparents and that means a lot to me having not really grown up with my own grandparents around. It’s the bonding of generations that leaves me emotional and the kids saying goodbye to Grandma that is harder every time. They still understand why we can’t just see her every week like their friends do with their grandparents.
The kids have been really lucky this month too getting to go to waterparks, zoos, and days out with Grandma in tow. We have tried to show her a good time. They have had the opportunity to do some Easter baking with her too. They have been giddy with her being her for the past few weeks. It always seems like they are on their best behavior when we have someone visiting which is nice.
As always when Grandma visitings the sun seems to come out in March for her. We have a long standing joke she brings it with her and takes it back when she leaves. I am hoping this year is different and it decided to stay with us. The kids have been enjoying getting outside a lot more, feeding the ducks, and park hopping. They were ever so excited to share with Grandma all the local parks they like to frequent when the temperature rise.
B was on top performance on a lovely sunny day last weekend with his sister. I love watching how the bonding, dynamics and attitudes, grow and change between them. B has been a little more rough and wrestling with MM more lately. He says this is what the other kids at school do. We have been trying to explain why sometimes other kids can do things but he can’t. When I tell him he can’t do something he is now having a little attitude and replying “well, so and so, does it”. I sometimes have to laugh as I can still recall saying it to my own mother.
MM puts her brother on a high pedestal still. She has to do everything that he is doing, right along side him. With their age gap closing in, B is happy with her doing being his shadow. I remember my own brother, three years older than me, wasn’t quite as receptive of me being his shadow as B is. She thinks she is older, wiser, and bigger than she really is. I am quickly finding out this might be a girl thing. But it’s clear she loves her brother so much.
TOGETHER THEY ARE LOVING…
Balance beam practice at the park.
Warmer and longer days to play outside.
Getting the bouncing castle out, after school.
Attending numerous birthday parties together, each weekend (mommy not so much).
Dressing up for World Book Day.
B reading MM her bedtime stories now instead of Mommy. (mommy loves this).
Making Easter hats and painting Easter eggs with Grandma.
It’s been such a beautiful, happy month this month for my two tots. I guess, they are really growing up before my very eyes. Not so much toddlers as much as they are growing into little children. How did this happen so fast? I know it’s still a little ways off but thinking next September (next year) MM will be in school full time along side her brother just blows my mind on how fast time really does fly when you are having fun.