Friday, June 24, 2011

A Perfect Day

So, while I haven't posted in awhile (my list is getting longer...), I wanted to post about today because I don't want to forget.

Charlie came down with strep and started antibiotics yesterday. Which meant that he felt fine today but we still had to cancel plans and stay home until he's noncontagious.

So that is what we did. Chandler strutted around with his pajama shirt on backwards and his boxers inside out all day. I didn't fix it because he was so proud of himself for putting his clothes on.

The boys and I spent the morning brainstorming for Chance's half birthday party, and they spent most of the morning playing legos. Chuck was working from home today, so I sat up in his office for awhile printing things. We had one of those moments where we realized the house was too quiet...I went downstairs expecting the worst (especially from Chandler). Instead I found where the boys had gotten barstools and blankets and each built his own "fort" in the playroom. Somebody pinch me. When did they get so big?! That was the first time they'd done that without my help.

Then I printed some lego minifig coloring pages and pulled out the water color paint, and they painted happily for over an hour. Somebody pinch me again. There was no fighting, no huge mess. Just joyful playtime.

In fact there were no fights all day. Sometimes the kids got too rough playing, but no angry hitting or yelling.

I also filmed the boys having an impromptu dance party. It reminded me of the many videos Chuck has of him and his sisters dancing as kids. It's so fun to see my boys having the same happy childhood.

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This evening, while Chuck watched Charlie and Chandler play in the water and kiddie pool outside, I took Chance shopping for his birthday. This was the first time I'd taken him out alone in a long time. We were gone about 3 hours and managed to go to 5 stores, and have ice cream. I'm so accustomed to things taking forever. It's definitely easier, and more enjoyable, with one kid.

I think Chance's favorite things that we bought while we were out were a bag of marbles, and a little ninja figure from the 25 cent vending machine.

Chance told nearly everyone we came near that his half birthday was next week.

And everyone was so friendly while we were out. One family let us in front of them in the cashier line simply because we were buying less stuff. Another couple bought our ice creams after our conversations in the line at the ice cream parlor. Then another family (grandma, mom and 14 yr old son) had a long conversation with Chance at the ice cream place. The boy and Chance talked about a Rio version of Angry Birds, and I learned a lot that I had no clue about otherwise. Makes me feel old, ha! Chance told everyone how he was going to change his name to Kai once he started kindergarten. Kai is a lego ninja, if you don't know.

And now I'm home, the boys are sleeping in the play room under their forts/tents. Chuck is snoring beside me. Life is good...I would say somebody pinch me, but then again, if this is a dream, I don't want to wake up. ;)


Aliceson said...

Love this, Angie! Days like this are such a treat, and your thankful heart honors God. I agree: it's much easier, and dare I say "fun" to take one child shopping. Emily & I had a day like that a couple of months ago & she still talks about it. Thanks for sharing. As always you made me smile... and miss my boys too!

Kelly said...

I love this! I'm so glad you got one of those magazine-perfect mama days that are pretty much exactly what you pictured your days as a mom being like before you had kids. :)