Tuesday was a blur.
It was one of those super full days that included meetings outside of the house for business and for kids. It included my phone dying while I was out and about (bad planning). It included dinner out. It included a lot of hugs.
I took a lot fewer photos today but what I did take is a pretty good representation of life right now.
Here's a look at my Tuesday:
I found her laying sideways in her bed, all curled up in her covers. She usually gets up around 6:45am.
I want to remember how easily she gets up most days and how happy she is to go to school.
Anna asked for a fruit plate and string cheese for breakfast after learning that we were out of her usual bowl of cereal. The fruit plate today included watermelon and blueberries.
Simon was already up early - around 6am - in order to get in a few video games before school. He gets himself totally ready for school now including shower & shave (yep), dressed, breakfast, etc. He knows what time he needs to leave (very punctual) and today he got his own snack bag ready (chocolate pudding, goldfish and a chocolate milk) when he could see I was distracted with something on the computer.
I want to remember how much easier and how much harder it is as they've gotten older - all in the same moment.
He asked if he could read to me from Goblet Of Fire on the way to school. The answer, of course, is always yes.
I want to remember just how much I love to connect with Simon.
After dropping off kids I got back to the house and finished up a few design files before bringing my work downstairs to the kitchen table. I needed an environmental change for reading some contracts in preparation for a meeting later in the day.
I want to remember how much I've grown over the last five years.
Next up was a 3-mile walk while listening to the Art Of Simple podcast.
Meeting with my business attorney called for a shower and change of clothes. Shoes are from Toms.
After that meeting I had an awkward amount of time available before picking up the kids. I headed to Target to pick up cat food.
I want to remember how photos of my feet can tell stories all their own of where I've been and what I've been up to on any given day.
Picked up both kids and headed over to a resource fair about the transition period after high school for people with disabilities. Super informative for Chris and me. Super boring for Simon and Anna.
Before we got out the car I asked if we could take a car selfie again this time around and they were up for it. These will be some of my most treasured photos in the years to come.
I want to remember this. Just this.
After the transition event we walked over to watch the high school baseball game for a few innings. Katie & Peter & Graham were there and their friend Kelsey. Simon was super stoked that his team won.
Tuesday's are the day that Simon usually rides horses but he skipped it today because of the other event.
I want to remember how fun it is to be out and about, to be a part of our larger local community.
Dinner at DQ. Some people say our local DQ is the best they have ever been to. It worked for this day/night where I'd been away from home for half the day. Simon had a hot dog. Anna had grilled cheese.
I want to remember how for years and years Simon's dessert of choice has been a small dish of chocolate ice cream. He is not swayed by anything fancy - tried and true for him please.
After we got home we watched two episodes of The Wonder Years. We started it last weekend and they've been asking to watch it most nights. It's a nice 30 minute show option and they love it. The big brown couch is still going strong after all these years.
I want to remember how much I love just hanging out on the couch with these two goofballs.
The evening prayer is also still going strong. Both kids ask for it every night.
I want to remember to savor these moments, even when I'm so tired I can barely keep my eyes open.
Anna reading an Amazing World Of Gumball book. She came into my office after I tucked her in to show me that the book included the MASH game (do you remember that one)?
I want to remember how much I love these kinds of shots of their rooms. I love seeing what they have on their shelves and on top of their book cases. What's the same and what's different.
Simon reading Goblet of Fire.
I want to remember how much Simon loves to laugh. When I tucked him in he was still laughing so hard from something he'd seen on the The Wonder Years.
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