Years ago I used to do a post where I would write down what my girls loved at the time, to remember it when they're grown. I would call it their "stats" or their "love, love, loves". I decided that it would be a really good idea to start doing that again.
I don't know if it's Josie's being an older kid now, or we just have more girls so there's so much more going on, or I am *ahem* older... Days are flying by so quickly. I don't want to miss anything or forget anything. My memories of Marie are my most prized treasure, and part of my having them is how well I documented them as they happened. I want to store up these treasures...
Eva love, love, loves...
Her sock monkey.
Any time that her sisters will slow down and pay attention to her.
Her God-mother. (after Daddy and I; there is something very special about their little bond)
On the flip side, Eva really hates tummy time still. It's sort of awful but she makes this face and scrunches up her tiny nose and rolls over. Luke and I call it her "F-U tummy time" face.
Her stuffed animals. All 10 or so of them that all live on her tiny toddler bed.
Playing outside with her dog.
Going on bike rides.
Playing with bubbles.
Playing on my smart phone.
Going to the farm.
On the flip side... Sarah kind of is anti-nap right now. It is hard for me as a Mama to let go of that afternoon nap.
Hanging out with her Dad.
Her best friend.
Reading. She goes through a book in a single day. It is amazing.
Dance, she is still taking Jazz and is really good at it.
Piano. She does piano lessons with her Aunt Gail once a week. To see her begin to read music (something I cannot do) is really cool.
On the flip... Josie does not like chores and is a real stinker about doing anything "extra". I am told it comes with her age. I am dreading her becoming a teenager.
All in all, life is good but busy. There is a huge hole in our days that is Marie shaped, but we have learned how to cope. It has not come easily. There have been a lot of hard times, and we have been blessed with a really wonderful social worker who has walked with us since before Marie was called home. With out his guidance it would have been so much harder.