Wednesday, September 05, 2007

First Day of School

I can still remember their first smiles and first words. And now they are in 2nd and 4th grade. It's going too fast. I want them to be this age forever.

Everybody can buckle themselves up, wipe their own butts, engage in serious or humorous conversations... I really enjoy my kids now.

And yes, I have been given the "heads-up" from my other girlfriends whose kids are older than mine, and I am fully aware that this parent-child utopia is nearing its end! But for now, I just love them so much I can't even express it.

Ally and Bobby in front of school looking so sharp in their freshly washed hair and new backpacks.

Ally at her new locker.

Today I babysat our friends Micki and [my ski coach] John's two little girls. Their normal daycare lady threw out her back yesterday so I filled in and spent the day with Quincy and Clancy. Bob and I were wondering if our kids were ever this small, and they WERE. They are just so darn cute... the sweetest little girls ever.

After Bobby and Ally got home from school we took a walk in the woods behind the house and found this. It's a giant mushroom. Quincy squeeled that it was bigger than her sister. (It was).

When Quincy got tired, Bobby piggy-backed her. The kids all get along so great.

I hope their babysitter throws her back out again soon.

John is racing at Madison, so please keep him in your prayers. TriBoomer is once again carrying John's name on his Hero List for all 140.6 miles. Thank you Boomer. You give so much strength to so many. I will be driving out Saturday morning with Jumper, staying with Laurie, 21st Century Mom, and IronGirlNyhus, and will be cheering for so many of you -- too many to link!

Good luck!


brendaj said...

You're such a great mom inspiration. BTW, I have those same bright green crocs as Ally. :)

Laurie said...

Your kids are so cute!

See you on Saturday! I sure hope you don't snore ;)

21stCenturyMom said...

I have some excellent news for you - your friends are wrong! The mutual adoration society you have formed with your kids is forever. It goes through bumps and it changes but it never ends. It can get sort of non-utopian at those points where they have to cut the cord (they aren't very graceful about it) but once they get that worked out they come back. My girls still sit on my lap whenever they can and my boy (man-boy) still hugs me and tells me he loves me.

See you Saturday!

IronJenny said...

21st - I sure hope you are right because "losing" then will surely break my heart.
I'm trying to overlook that Bobby won't let me hug him at school, or even walk him upstairs to his room. But in the parking lot at Target the other day he grabbed my hand for just a nano-second, grinned, and then let go real quick before anybody saw.
So cute.
Can't wait to see you SAturday! Call when you get in... ;-)

tri-mama said...

I have to echo what 21st mom said- you know, they just did that study with teens- a huge percentage said their favorite way to spend their time is with their family and their parents. You are a great parent, and you surround your kids with love and fun (and fun people) they 'll want to stay hooked into that. Sometimes I wonder if that expectation is at least in part a self fulfilling prophecy-and what happens when you expect your family to stay intact and supportive. Can't wait to hang out and cheer this weekend!

Phoenix said...

My son is in second grade and I couldn't agree with you more - they are so much fun at this age! "Little" was great but he's so much easier to hang out with now - and the stuff they say!! I hope 21st and tri-mama are right - and, in your case, I'm sure they are. You are such and AWESOME mom!

Have fun at IMOO!

Di aka "Mrs Bigun" said...

that mushroom is GINORMOUS!! Holy cow!!

I'll be thinking of you guys - and looking for you on the big screen durin the IM! I am jealous that you all will be there. I wish we could too.
have a great weekend!

Lana said... cute!

Just wanted to let you know that I will volunteering at IMFL '07 - and cheering for you!!