Thursday, April 05, 2007

13 Reasons I Love My Children




Thirteen Reasons I Love My Children




1. Even though Georgia’s temper tantrums are LEGENDARY, whenever I look at her and see my own eyes staring back at me, I can understand exactly how she feels even if I don’t understand why.

2. Eli has the most incredible vocabulary I have ever heard from a 4-year-old. In the last 24 hours, he has used the words flabbergasted, exasperated, disgusted, gargantuan, and stupendous, and he has used them all correctly.

3. Georgia caters to my baby foot fetish by often thrusting her feet up to my mouth and shouting “FOOT!” so I will kiss it.

4. They both have an incredible musical ability. Today on the way home they both sang along loudly to Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain.” They really get into the “Don’t you? Don’t you? Don’t you?”

5. Georgia loves to make faces, and then I copy them. I know she wants to play because she opens her mouth as wide as possible. Then we move into a pucker, sticking out our tongues and fishface. She is hilarious.

6. Who says parenthood isn’t mentally challenging? Today, Eli asked me, “Mama, why is there a sky?” My answer was an inspiring, “Uhhhh, well, I umm, hmmmm.”

7. If peekaboo were an Olympic sport, my daughter would win a gold medal. She often jumps out at me from behind shower curtains or dish towels and screams, “PEEK!”

8. Eli loves the color pink and he doesn’t care who knows it.

9. Sometimes Georgia reminds me so much of myself it’s scary. She loves books. She will grab a good Dora, Elmo or Caillou book, and climb up on the couch, cross her little legs and intently flip through the pages.

10. Whenever I get home from a Passion Party and I’m completely exhausted, Eli gets out of bed to come and give me a hug and say, “I missed you, Mama.”

11. Georgia can sense when I’m about to lose it. That’s when she tilts her little face up to me and puckers her lips and goes, “Mmmmmmmm . . .” waiting for a kiss. That girl knows how to work it.

12. Although, he wouldn’t admit it, Eli still likes to cuddle with mommy. Tuesday afternoons are my favorite because when Eli gets home from preschool, we put Georgia down for a nap, and then he cuddles up on my lap and we watch TV or he falls asleep.

13. Georgia’s laugh. When she’s happy, it’s a squeal. When she’s excited, it sounds like she’s hyperventilating. And when I make funny faces at her, she giggles like crazy.



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16 comments:

Janie Hickok Siess, Esq. said...

So what's not to love?

I was gone all last week and had a 15 year old who missed me. The 20 year old? Nah. Not that he would admit. But the 15 year old had to snuggle, etc. It was sweet.

My 13 is posted. Come check out my photos!

Crazy Working Mom said...

Wow, what a great list! I know it's easy to complain about those silly things that they do to make us insane, but those cute...little things they do that remind us so much of ourselves are priceless. Awesome list, Neila. I loved it. Happy TT and Happy Easter!

Danielle said...

so cute. they are sweet when they're not driving us insane aren't they
happy tt
enjoy the day

Donna said...

I see it IS possible to get a perfect picture of your two children together. It's easy to see your daughter looks like you.

Maggie said...

Your kids are soo cute and the things they do. Don't you love it when they fall asleep. I like that too.

Morgen said...

okay, if that doesn't get the old biological clock ticking, nothing will...
cheers to you & Eric for your kids!

Desert Songbird said...

Aw, that's beautiful, Neila.

Being a mother is and will always be the most incredible thing I've done with my life. Sounds like you would concur with that about yourself, too.

Skittles said...

Your kids sound like so much fun to be around. In fact, so do you!

Lisa said...

Such a great list. My list this week is reason why I love my toddler too. Go check it out!

Kara said...

Aw, that is so sweet! Your kids sound so adorable!

Sadie said...

That is awesome... You make me want to have kids! Can I just have yours? What if mine aren't as fun?

Sparky Duck said...

your kids are great, so its easy to love em, isnt it?

and its good to admit a fetish :)

A.J.Reams said...

What a heart-warming list! You are so blessed!

Jen said...

Great TT!! I especially liked the one about understanding how your daughter feels even if you don't understand why. I often feel that way about my son. Your kids are adorable!

Julie said...

Eli sounds like a gifted child. Make sure to have him tested when he gets into grammar school.

Sorry, I'm just a big advocate of this because my mother made sure I got what I needed at school and it made all the difference. I wish I could say the same for Mike's parents --- when he got bad grades and didn't pay attention in school, they didn't realize it was because he was bored out of his mind! You'd think his insatiable reading habit at home would have tipped them off...

Sunrunner said...

Very sweet 13! I was so busy last week I didn't get to put one up!