I’m going to write about my kids today (surprise, surprise). If you don’t want to read a post full of gushing and such, go ahead and move onto the next blog now.
Samuel turned six on March 1st. He gives us a lot to be thankful for, each and every day. He is a fabulous big brother to lil Allan and Martha. He likes to be buddy-buddy with lil Allan, and he is very protective and sweet to Martha. I often ask him to be my helper, and he almost always is HAPPY to be my helper (unless I ask him to help me when he’s busy with something really important like watching Scooby Doo or playing a computer game).
Samuel is enjoying Kindergarten this year, and we are enjoying watching him learn and grow. He comes home excited about school and his friends and his teacher. Since his birthday, he has been talking about first grade – somehow turning six and first grade go together in his mind. He definitely has his share of challenges with school (focus, focus, focus), and thankfully his teacher is working really hard with him and with us to get him through this first year. We’re delighted to be watching him learn to read, as well as progressing with his speech and fine motor skills issues.
Samuel’s curiosity, his passion, his imagination – these make him such a fun boy to have around. (These also create challenges for us sometimes, but we’ll focus on the FUN today). I am so thankful to be this boy’s Mama. I can’t wait to see what this year SIX brings.
And then there’s lil Allan. He is almost three, and lately the personality has been ramping up. It’s not like he didn’t already have personality coming out his pores… apparently that hasn’t been enough. We’re seeing more and more of his flair for the dramatic AND comedic these days. He has taken to acting out scenes from movies…flailing about, falling to the floor, tongue sticking out… panting like a dog… stomping around pretending to be the Iron Giant. It’s really better than TV most days.
Allan is also a really good big brother. Now that Martha is getting big enough to interact, they have been enjoying play times together. He is almost always gentle with her, except when he forgets that she is a baby SISTER. Of course, he’s had lessons from Samuel on how to be a big brother, so that accounts for a lot of his rambunctiousness, I’m sure.
Year Three is bound to have it’s difficult moments for Allan – he’s definitely pushing boundaries and testing his limits these days, but I know that more than anything this next year, we’ll all be able to find the laughter behind the frustrations, because that’s what lil Allan is all about.
And what is there to say about our Baby Girl? Martha is such a joy… except for when she’s unhappy. You’ve heard the saying, “if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”? Well, around here it’s more like if MARTHA ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. The child has a temper and a loud cry/scream thing going on, well, it’s just a little frightening to think sometimes what the “terrible twos” or the teen years are going to look like. I keep praying (and saying) that I hope she’s getting it all out now. Thankfully, she has a laugh like no other, and she is just as willing (well, usually) to share it with us, as she is to yell at us.
Martha wants to walk. She wants to play with the boys. She wants to eat what we are eating and do what we are doing and go where we are going. She wants to be older than she is – and she is only ONE. (And apparently, if you ask her maternal grandmother, Martha gets this trait from her mother).
Martha is also as smart as they come. We are surprised reguarly with the way she plays with toys, with her attempts to communicate with both us and the boys. She already is playing head games with Mama, usually when I have a camera in my hand and want her to LOOK AT ME ALREADY. Yeah, she apparently isn’t interested in having her picture taken, and knows just how much this pushes my buttons. Smart girl… stubborn, smart girl…
Today, I am thankful for my children. I’m thankful for their strengths and for the weaknesses. I’m so glad to be their Mama, even on the really, really difficult days (and we have those occasionally!) I thought for a long time that I wouldn’t have children, and I sometimes just shake my head in amazement that I’m raising three (and of course I’m not doing it alone – hardly – but I’ll post about my wonderful husband another time). So yes today.. I’m thankful for my three kiddos.
What are YOU thankful for? Right a blog post about it, or post a comment over at Laura’s blog for Gratituesday!