Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Next Chapter...

Here I was thinking with no small degree of nostalgia, that the chapter had closed on my little ones' infancy... Only to find we have begun another adventure. One that often takes me by surprise and completely blows out my previously established sense of order.
I just found a trail of Rice Bubbles trickled randomly down the Hallway, even though breakfast was hours ago! When I was washing earlier I discovered not one, not two.....but six favourite small toys buried in pockets accompanied by rocks, leaves, grass clippings and one screw. I went to check on the children who were all suspiciously quiet to find Leisl and Connor "bathing" midget teenage mutant ninja turtles on the back verandah (hey, at least they were outside!). Rosa was just beginning to dress up...she is a Princess after all!!!! And Josie was sitting happily drawing.
Some noticeable changes that accompany this particular stage of the Parenting adventure I shall affectionately call.... "The Primary School Years"

  • More washing to deal with (after all they are bigger, and Leisl has to wear...oh I don't least 3 outfits in 1 day!)

  • Kids that can take their own baskets, fold and put their own clothes away (as long as I don't watch how they go in their drawers)

  • more food consumed (Bigger tummies)

  • Higher grocery bills

  • More lunchboxes to pack (although they are packing their own)

  • More books to read (Got to love those learner readers)

  • More hair to do (was so much easier when they were bald!)

  • More ummmm intentional stimulation

  • A house that is no longer baby-proof

  • Glasses on the table instead of plastic cups

  • Kids that can pop their own dirty dishes in the dishwasher (I love that)

  • After school activities

  • Children learning Instruments

  • Cuts, scrapes, bruises...more injuries!

  • Head Lice! (Feeling itchy yet?)

  • Worms! (eeeeewwwwwwww!)

  • Teeth falling out and leaving Gaps! (amazingly Connor still has all his Baby teeth!!!!)

  • Visits from the Tooth Fairy

  • Homework

  • Sleep overs!

  • Kids that can click themselves in, in the car, clean up their own rooms, brush their own teeth (well my 8 and 10 year olds do)

  • Very interesting prayers

  • Lots of laughs together

  • Kids that can wipe their OWN bottoms....Hallelujah!

  • Lots of singing, especially songs from School that we never expected them to know!!!!

  • Long Legs that dangle down to touch the floor when you pick up your kids for a cuddle!

  • Training wheels off their push bikes.

  • I'd love to say a clean and tidy house, but that would be getting your hopes up! (I heard that sigh of relief!)

Suffice to say, this period of parenting is in it's early stages for us...and we are enjoying it immensely. I love that new found independence (well some of the time) and I love the extra helping hands (most of the time)....I still haven't figured out the total prevention of Head Lice or discovered exactly why there are Rice Bubbles trickled down the hallway....
But we so appreciate the words in Ecclesiastes 3:1...

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven...

I hope you are enjoying the chapter you are will be over before you are ready for it.

1 comment:

Saminda said...

Hi there Karen,
So nice to find you as a follower of my blog!!!! :) My friend Cathy is the one who noticed first, and explained to me who you are!
I've just had fun reading your posts and I love your writing style and your humour! I'll be back, for certain. Oh, and I've become a follower. :) And your children are all beautiful!!!! (as I'm sure you well know.....)