Friday, October 31, 2014

Letting go of their Little Ones

It's that time again.  Time when we almost don't have to use our sound machines to sleep because of the hum of the calves bawling outside.  They are crying for their mommas who are just across the fence.  Yet, they will never be together again.
That paragraph paints it to be the most devastating thing.  I never looked at it that way until I was a mom.  Yet, I must remind myself that these are not humans, and I'm going to stick with the idea that they don't think quite like we do.
Plus, this is our way of life.  This is what allows me to stay home with my little ones.  This is how it works.  The cows have calves every Spring; and every Fall, those calves are weaned, giving the already-pregnant-again-mommas the chance to nourish the little calves inside.

In a few days time, the mommas and calves will not be standing on either side of the fence anymore. Typically the mommas go first.  Yet, it isn't a first time for them...just for their babies.  It happens every October.  Then, the calves seem to get used to their new lives, and the bawling ends.
Having them right out of our back door serves as a constant reminder of the bond between moms and children...really, moms of any kind.  I'm just so incredibly thankful that I get to have these little ones under my wing for more than six months.


I don't think I'd do too well with this kind of weaning.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Things I Love


I'm completely stealing this idea from Bridget.  I love her.  
Things I Love

1.  A new baby smell.
2.  Fall days.
3.  This lipstick.  Nothing feels better.
4.  Conversations with my four-year-old.
5.  Seeing the boys already protect Sophie.
6.  Flannel.
7.  These snacks.  
8.  A warm blanket and fire going on a cold day.
9.  Writing.
10.  Living somewhat in the middle of nowhere.
11.  Everything Christmas.
12.  A good pair of tall leather boots.
13.  Children getting along.
14.  The smell (and feel) of a clean home.
15.  A good hug.
16.  A handwritten note.
17.  Caramels (any kind)!
18.  Little kids' tiny toes.
19.  Peter's obsession with the one outfit he wears daily.  
20.  Amazon Prime.
21. A warm drink in my hand.
22.  Confession.
23.  Lists.
24.  Seeing the way Jeremy loves the kids.
25.  Pedicures.
26.  The bond between sisters.
27.  The way my mom just understands.
28.  Seeing the kids grow up near both sets of grandparents they adore.
29.  Not knowing, yet understanding and finding solidarity in, other bloggers.
30.  This camera bag.  
31.  Fathers and their daughters.
32.  How John Paul refers to himself as Pauly.
33.  "I love you the whole world."

What do you love?



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

He's Not Napping as Much

Lately, Carter hasn't been napping every day.  I can count on him not napping at all about every third day.  I'm still in denial.  He gets out of bed every fifteen minutes or so exclaiming what a wonderful nap he took.  I threaten him, walk him back to his room, surround him with books and beg him to just rest a little bit longer so I can get a couple things done.  It lasts for about another ten minutes, and then I finally let him up.  Then, some days, after he's been up a bit and he asks me, "How was your morning?" or proclaims, "Isn't is a beauuuutiful day?!" we pull down the big bag of treats and he gets to pick one thing (don't worry, it's not one bag or skittles or a pack of starburst - it's just one of those things -- unless it's a really bad day, ha!).  Then we "visit," maybe read a book or just hang out.

So, the other day was one of those days, and he picked a starburst.




And, then he went outside to practice being Robin Hood.


Waiting for the right hunt...




...it took too long.
He's reminding me to savor these little moments...even when a thousand to-dos await!