Cleaning the living room and came across this envelope behind the bookshelf.
It translates to saying:
FLR (From Lauren Rouse)
ToJR (To Jamie Rouse)
The inside card: "I love you Mom"
A special "holder" with my initial on it.
This girl is one of a kind! Awhile back, we had a particularly rough night in our house. I was still on maternity leave and the night ended in tears from Lauren. I remember sitting on her bed telling her that some nights are tough but it is important that we learn how to listen to others. I told her that the next day would be better. In the morning, she wrote me a note that said "I love you" and then brought it out to me without saying a word. I've always cherished that note (I actually keep in my breastpump at work).
Not going to lie...sometimes as a parent I think, do we really have to waste our time doing this?!?!
Valentines for the classmates would be one of those things! I am all about showing love but each year this seems to be more a headache than a gift. I could go the cheap and easy route (like we did last year) but I do want to make it special for Lauren as well. This year we had Pinterest help us with our vision and came up with this idea. We used some fancy paper Lauren got for Christmas and I wrote in Sharpie on each heart. Probably took 5-10 minutes total for me to cut the hearts, write on them, and cut the slits with a razor blade. The hard part...Lauren hand-selecting each pencil from a giant container I had at work and then writing her name and the recipients name on it.
Let me tell you, God definitely thinks I need more patience and uses moments like this to test it!
After a couple of losses that have saddened us recently, one of them being GG, I decided to take advantage of my bereavement leave from work and spend some quality time with the kids! It has been a BLAST! I know being a stay-at-home mother has challenges...as does being a working mother, but I could really get used to being with my kids all day!
Miles and I played for 2 straight hours one morning while Lauren was at school and Ike took a solid nap. I don't remember the last time I've had 2 hours of uninterrupted play time with this kid. It was so magical and the conversation was just riveting. I told Kyle I wish someone would have been following with a video camera to record the things he comes up with and the enthusiasm for life he has. There is definitely more to life than an advanced degree, career, new things, and technology. Trying hard to make the most of each day and be "in the moment" with my kids.
On Sunday, we went to Denison to a visitation for our family physician.
It was a heartbreaking time but an absolute tribute to a man of God.
We had some time before the start of the visitation so we told the kids they could pick out anything they wanted from Wal-Mart under $5. Lauren found a balloon animal kit for $5 and Miles found a Ninja Turtle flashlight. Here she is modeling her "Mouse with a Scarf".
I can't believe Ike is 6 months (HALF A YEAR) old.
He is such a smiley, happy baby. He prefers to be held and rarely touches the floor it seems. He scoots a bit on the floor but nothing intentional. He is still working on sitting up by himself but gaining a lot of control. No teeth yet and we haven't introduced any food. He LOVES his big sister and has been trying to grab at the dog lately when he gets close for a sniff. He still enjoys nightly alone time with me and wakes me up a bunch! We've recently discovered he isn't a fan of me eating dairy either.