Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Little Hands, Big Accomplishments

Hand in hand, my 6 year old son and 3 year old daughter love to walk onto our driveway and get ready for their games. It's a sweet time together for all of us in the early morning. Big brothers are off to school. The young ones get to be the stars for a change.

I wish I had my pom poms today to cheer them on. My youngest son tends to be the equipment carrier, water boy and third string player sometimes, when my older sons are running a game. They invite him to play, but I think he feels a little intimidated watching them over the years.

Today, with a determined look, my young athlete wanted to try and conquer the BIG basketball hoop. He has mastered his small hoop, but I guess he felt ready to go for the big guy one. After a bunch of shots, he got the ball in the net! You should have seen his face! He was so excited. I think I saw my little guy enter the big boy world today. He was so proud, and so was I.

At another part of the driveway, my princess was inventing her own little hula hoop tricks. My daughter is petite and very dainty. I think she should have a parasol when she walks around. She runs around so carefully. She is probably pretending to be a butterfly. Her absolute favorite "animal" in her mind. When the boys are barreling around her, she scoots through all the playtime chaos. Sometimes she's so quiet that you could forget she is right in the middle of the action.

Today, I saw my princess start to become a little daring. Big step for her little self! She loved showing off all her new maneuvers with the hula hoop. Being so small, she can't do it the "right" way, but she has found her own fun way to play with the hoop. Jumps, throws, spins... I heard so many "watch me's" from her this morning. She was so proud of her hula hoop prowess. I saw such a sparkle in her eyes as she went from one move to the next. She truly loved being in the driveway spotlight for a change.

I think my big boys may have some competition from the little ones when it comes to driveway play time. It's great to see the younger ones find and define their own place as "kids in their own right".

I better go watch the American Idol finale. Now I'm leaning towards Chris. They are both talented guys. I just glanced at the TV. Did you see Adam's weird outfit? Do you think Cher had a garage sale? And wait a minute! KISS just came on stage. That's a blast from my past.

18 comments:

Mari said...

It's so neat to see them growing and changing, and hard at the same time.
I hope Chris wins. I think Adam is quite strange and a little full of himself!

Joanne said...

My kids used to love taking a bucket of chalk onto the driveway and drawing up all kinds of scenarios, especially gas stations they would ride their bikes to! Sweet times of childhood. (P.S. Congrats to American Idol Chris!)

Lois Lane II said...

How precious! I bet your daughter's so cute pretending to be a butterfly! She should dress up as one some time! =D

T Rex Mom said...

I can so picture your kids playing on the drive way - they sound so sweet and charming, especially your little butterfly.

pughy said...

Today you described a lot of vey special memories, embrace them and store them away in your heart. You will bring them out many times in the future and smile each time with the lovely memories.
My little grandaughter also loves butterflies and anything pink and fairy like.

Hugs Carol and of course GJ xx

Heather said...

You sound like such a proud mama. :)
Glad you are able to enjoy those momemts with your little ones. They sound like such sweet kids.

Debbie said...

You paint wonderful pictures of your kids with these words.

Crazy Mo said...

That was such a sweet blog! I can vividly picture the kids playing and laughing. Just makes my heart swell.

On a completely different note, congrats on being picked at PPP for "Hope". That was a completely different interpretation than anyone imagined, I think. Absolutely wonderful! And particularily poignant in our city as the police have just arrested two suspects in the murder of an 8-year old girl who was abducted last week. They still haven't found her, but the suspects have confessed. Your blog today helped remind me there is still some good in the world.

Kim said...

They sound just adorable! It's nice that they get you all to themselves while the older ones are at school. I'll bet Jillian will be very unique having had to deal with three older brothers!

I was glad that Kris Allen won. I wasn't much of a fan of Adam's even though Shaune was.

Michelle said...

Aww, they're growing up! I love how you let them play and figure things out for themselves. And they're so doing it, too! Enjoy your time with them.

Wendy said...

your kids sound pretty amazing. isnt it incredible to see how much they grow?

and are you excited for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE tonight or what??? yay!

Becca said...

Awe! I loved how you just described the two of them. You are so good with words- I am very jealous. Sounds like you have yourself some amazing kids!

Dani said...

What a cutie. Sounds like tons of fun. And although I really like Kris better because he's more my style, I was surprised at the result because Adam is a superstar! Then again, he always was- I bet he could have walked off weeks ago and still landed a hit record. Both were very gentile abut the whole thing. I liked that.

Juliet Colors said...

You write so sweetly about your children. Your children really are lucky to have a mom like you. :-)

Life with Kaishon said...

It's bittersweet to watch them grow, isn't it?

Kelly said...

the changes you see right before your eyes are tender moments, aren't they?!? i love watching my son grow and learn!

AI was great...i'm so glad Kris won! Adam screamed way too much for me!

The Write Girl said...

Hey Septembermom,

It sounds like you and the little ones had so much fun..I love the way you describe them.
Now onto American Idol, you didn't like Adam? I thought he was awesome and the most entertaining but Chris won. My fav was gone anyway. They had a lot of talented people this year.

kisatrtle said...

it's great to see them growing and learning but hard to be needed less and less