I tried to capture a good mix of both posed and unexpected during the first week in 2016. Here are a few of our everyday moments from the past week:
I never want to forget...
...how he peeks through the door of his favorite toy.
...how he can't always make it through dinner because he works and plays so hard throughout the day.
...the bond these two best buddies have...the bond that began when they were newborns.
...how she reads to her baby brother before bed.
...how, at age 11, he still looks up at me and smiles so big when I walk into his room.
...how excited she gets about the snow and her enthusiasm over going to school.
...how he tirelessly tackles hours of homework without much complaint. (And sometimes not.)
...how nicely these two play together at times.
...how excited he was to buy his iPod touch.
...his incredible spirit that just fills the room with joy and beauty.
...the way he examines his hands with so much concentration. And those eyelashes that touch his cheekbone so gently.
...all the moments they spend exploring and learning at the library.
...the way she pushes that tiny cart around the town grocery store and gets so excited about buying a 75 cent bag of candy. (Please don't grow up too fast, baby girl!)
...how she asked me to take a picture with her because we were dressed in similar outfits and how she clung to my hand and beamed as her brother snapped the picture.
...the way he looks at her with so much love and admiration.
...the way she loves and protects him.
...the way he smiles even through a suspected sinus infection.
...how he scrunches up his eyes and yells when he gets angry or hurt. (Perfectly timed while I was taking pictures...snapping yourself with suspenders is not the best idea!)
...how he navigates through the snowy patches in the yard so carefully (and gives up and goes back inside when he slips and falls on his bum).
...how he curls up in front of the fire to do his homework.
...snacktime in the sunlight. And those gorgeous blue eyes.
...watching those tiny starfish hands as he plays.
...that floppy hair and how I want to smooch that sweet face ALL THE TIME.
...the way he still twists his hair when he sleepy or concentrating.
...the way he is drawn to the warmth of the fire and how he leaves tiny handprints all over the glass.
...that tiny bum that fits in one hand and THOSE TINY FEET.
...the way he hangs over the back of the couch to look out the window.
...how sweet and mature she is at just 8 years old and how lucky I feel to be her mom.
Everyday life can be so chaotic, stressful, and overwhelming, but when I look through all these snapshots of our week, I feel nothing but peace and gratefulness. I really need to focus on slowing down and enjoying the little moments that make life so special.
What are you thankful for this week?
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