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Little Tikes, Big Bikes

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Maybe the holidays, coupled with two of my childrens’ December birthdays is making me a bit more melancholy these days.  Depression really hasn’t set in (I am quite happy, thank you!), just reflecting on the gift of ordinary days in the life of this aging parent.  So yeah, if you read last week’s JAK Happenings, I shared with you my thoughts on my “baby” turning seven.  This weekend we’ll celebrate child #2’s fourteenth birthday. Happy Birthday to my gorgeous, talented, brainiac daughter.

Another milestone we’re experiencing in our household is Read more. our oldest daughter’s new adventure in learning how to drive a car. Yup, she’s got her temps.  It seems like just yesterday I was pushing her around in the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe.  Now, she is grabbing at the car keys and every opportunity to hop into the driver’s seat.  Though she lacks in experience, she is quite skilled.  Still, my feet make it up to the dashboard (that’s my nervous reaction) at least once every trip when she’s driving.

So, of course with the exhilaration of car driving comes the question “Will you buy me a car for my 16th birthday?”  “Sure, honey,” I think to myself. “Why not?  I hope you like red and yellow plastic (again).”

I am so not looking forward to finding the extra green to add her onto the State Farm policy.  Maybe a trip to Flo is in order, they say you can name your own price.  Ya think?

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Growing, Growing, Gone

He’s Eight!  Ain’t it Great!?

Well, one would think so.  But, he’s my baby, and I can’t seem to accept it.  See?  I still refer to him as “my baby”.  What is wrong with me?  Is it my refusal to accept the fact that I am getting old?  Or is it because I know, just like with my older two kids, there lingers around the corner that unpinpointable day when his body will no longer be of the small snuggable variety, or he just doesn’t want to be physically coddled (at least in public).

So we’ll celebrate and have a great time.  I’ll post pictures of him through the years on my Facebook to honor this milestone.  I’ll smile in the process. And I’ll cry.  Read more.

As days, weeks, and years continue to come and go faster and faster, this birthday reminds me of how special each and every minute is with him. I’ll appreciate those spontaneous “I love mom”(‘s) that flow so naturally from his mouth or is drawn out thoughtfully in crayon on a white sheet of copy paper. He has said it, and has made hundreds of them.  And I know that there will come a time when I’ll long for the day that he was acting like a sugar overloaded nutcase at the dinner table.

A week or so ago, a friend of mine posted this video on her Facebook page.  Always so crunched for time, I typically don’t take the opportunity to view all of the videos my friends post, however, this one caught my attention. I “shared” it on the Just Add Kids Facebook page, and am sharing it here as well, just in case you are not on Facebook or missed it there.

Enjoy, “The Gift of an Ordinary Day”

and “Happy Birthday, my little man”!  I suppose I should consider changing that term of endearment soon, eh?

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