I remember when Charlotte was little I wanted her to be all kinds of grown up. I could imagine the makeup, the crafting, the dresses….oh, such fun a girl is!
In a blink this baby:
became this baby
who grew to this baby
and is now this baby:
I wish I could take the “I cant wait for you to grow up’s” back.
It’s interesting watching your oldest grow up.
There are so many tings I want to shelter her from, but yet so much I have to let her know so someone else doesn’t. We have had some heavy conversations lately about strangers, boyfriends, drugs…every day something new is coming up. At the same time I am trying to instill in her values and enough independence to be on her own but not enough to run from me.
Today she walked out the door with a “BYE MOM!” and I said “Wait? I guess I don’t get a kiss goodbye?” and she reluctantly ran up and gave me a hug and a kiss and then ran out the door. Nowadays if I ask her if she wants to go shopping or to lunch with me, she would rather hang with her friends.
Over the years I have become a little more uncool. Which is possibly the truth in a lot of ways. One place I can always get her to go is the animal shelter. The last time I took her she played with the dogs and helped me steady the cats for pictures for the shelter website. She understands the responsibility of getting an animal fixed and what happens when a shelter becomes overcrowded. Of course I couldn’t resist locking her in with the puppies…
And even though she would rather go outside to play with her friends or dump me to do nails with a girl more her age, one place I can always count on her is to say yes in front of a movie.
Popcorn + Katy Perry? #WIN for a 7 (going on 21) year old!
Speaking of Katy Perry, I thought the movie was cute. It was pretty inspirational and all sorts of crazy bright colors. And since our TV is a 55 inch, it was like being in a concert. Llast week I actually bought Rio in 3D and while she DID ask if a friend could ‘come over and watch it with her’ (le sigh), it reminds me that my little girl is still in there.
(So cool that our new Samsung Smart TV does 3d and this movie is seriously spectacular in it)
And let us not forget the past year of her life she has become a big sister! And what a big sister she is. She has been patient, kind, loving and even if she absolutely REFUSES to so much as touch a diaper or even walk one to the trash, her little brother adores and loves her.
Watching them grow up together has been the highlight of my year.
Go figure, right?
I suppose that no matter the roads we go on and no matter the age our kids are, there is always something to look forward to.
to visits to the salon
to just snuggles
I could not be more grateful to be right here, right now, in this moment.
How do you feel when you watch your kids grow up? Happy or sad?
*katy perry movie sample