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Ellie and Addison

I want to remember

I want to remember that Kole’s favorite movie is Tinkerbell and whenever I turn it on he is absolutely glued to the TV.  It’s the only movie he will watch from start to finish.  I have tried to get him to watch Cars and other “boy” shows time and time again but nothing holds his attention like the fairies of Pixie Hollow.  It is adorable and hilarious and strangely appropriate for the life he lives surrounded by so many girls.  This bit of information should come in handy someday.  :)

I want to remember that not long ago Ellie was so upset about some bushes and flowers we pulled out of the front yard that she decided to run away.  Apparently they were favorites of hers and she didn’t appreciate the change.  She packed a suitcase and told us she was leaving for good.  Trying desperately to keep straight faces, Kenny and I asked her a few important questions –
“What will you eat?”  
“I guess I will have to go to Vons and steal some donuts.” 
Where are you going?
“To Utah to grandma and grandpa’s house.  They have a pool and grandpa is retired now.  He will play with me.” 
She made it out the door and to the mailboxes and then slowly came back and told us maybe she would run away tomorrow.  We told her we were so glad she decided to wait because we would miss her more than we could handle.
Later I checked her suitcase and she had packed two swim suits and a pair of pajamas.

I want to remember how Kenny lights up whenever he talks about our kids.  We had short meetings with each of the girls’ teachers last week to set goals for the school year and it made me smile listening to him talk about our girls.  His eyes sparkle and he speaks about them like they are the most amazing little people in the world.  I always knew he would be a good dad, but he has exceeded my expectations beyond measure.

I want to remember the way Kole climbs on me and says “lap!”  My lap is his favorite place to be and you won’t hear me complaining about it.

I want to remember the way that Ellie calls a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup a “Reese” and a Jolly Rancher a “Jolly Ranch.”  They are two of her favorite treats and I don’t think she knows the right way to pronounce them.  I haven’t told her the correct way because I think her version is better.  I hope nobody else tells her for a long time.

I want to remember that when Addison was getting ready to start Kindergarten Kenny told her how important it is to do well in school.  He said “if you work hard in school you can be anything you want to be when you grow up.”  Addison said “Good!  Because I want to be a mom!”

I want to remember the way that made me feel.

xoxo, Erin
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33 thoughts on “I want to remember

  1. Love this! My Ellie recently told me that she wanted to marry her brother (he just about choked) because she wants to be a mum and you have to marry someone you love for that :) It was awesome! And my little man who nearly choked on the above comment also happens to love Pixie Hollow (and he’s approaching 7) shhhhh!!!! I too am blessed to have a wonderful husband such as yours who is sooooooo proud of our littlies. Life has been good to us Erin! Emma

  2. This is just completely amazing and adorable. I teared up and they aren’t even my kids!!

    My almost 2 year old LOVES the first 15 minutes of Cars 2. Not Cars 1, and not any more or any less than 15 mins. If I need a minute of peace, I have to play the first 15 minutes of Cars 2. The whole house could come crashing down while I was holding his favorite yogurt in his face and he is in a trance! It’s amazing to me, because he NEVER sits down!

  3. What a heartwarming post. Reminds me of all the things I don’t want to forget! But I have to face it…most times I forget what I’m walking around the house looking for:) Hopefully these little memories will stay forever in our minds. I’ve actually been thinking of making little video notes to myself…if I just didn’t hate seeing myself on camera so much that might actually work out :) Happy Monday!

  4. Thanks everyone! Emma – I love that! We have a lot in common. Wonder if Kole will still be watching Tinkerbell when he’s 7. :)

    Lynnsey – I am so trying Cars 2! Thanks for the tip!

  5. My friend had a daughter who was going to run away. She was packing her things to leave and her mom said, “Wait a minute, you came to us bare naked and if you leave, you have to leave bare naked.” She decided not to run away. Clever mom.

  6. Thanks for sharing. It really is all about the little things. Sometimes we are so busy that we forget to stop and remember who we soothed a skinned knee or how they couldn’t sleep without their GI Joe action figure.

    May we always remember the details!

  7. Great post! I have a very similar family. I have 3 children age 5 and 6 girls who remind me a lot of your girls and a 3 year old boy. His favorite movie is little mermaid. I always say my boy is going to make a great husband one day, because of all the women who surround him:)

    I live in Laguna Niguel, close some what. We just remodeled a home and I might have some good ideas for your new home! If you would like I can send you some pictures?

  8. Dang cute post!!! I love it!!!

    Last night I was asking Butch if he remembered that time that Eden walked up to the sound system and unplugged it during the closing prayer of the Christmas Devotional broadcast. He can’t remember it! I sure hope I blogged it. I want to remember all the cute, fun stuff too.

  9. I love this! A great reminder to write the little things down. Just yesterday we were driving and my little one always says “I wanna {sometimes wanna is in there, sometimes it’s not!} come” every time we mention we are headed somewhere! And we crack up every time, and I told my hubby that I really need to write this little sentence of his down. You think you’ll always remember things like this until they are on to the next thing and that happens so quickly, doesn’t it?!? ~gina

  10. What a great post to “remember”! We think we will never forget those things about our, but we do, and a lot sooner to. I remember when my oldest called her seat belt a “belt seat” and I didn’t correct her either. I knew she would learn it soon enough and I wanted to hold on to those sweet moments of childhood as long as possible. She also said “I hold you” instead of “hold me” when she wanted to be picked up…

    Your blog is one of my favorites!!

  11. You know what? I REALLY should have previewed my previous comment- so sorry- so here is the revised version because I didn’t know how to delete the previous one- feel free to do it for me! :)

    What a great post to “remember”! We think we will never forget those things about our children, but we do, and a lot sooner than we think we will. I remember when my oldest called her seat belt a “belt seat” and I didn’t correct her either. I knew she would learn the correct way to say it soon enough.
    I wanted to hold on to those sweet moments of childhood for as long as possible. She also said “I hold you” instead of “hold me” when she wanted to be picked up…so sweet.

    Your blog is one of my favorites!!

  12. Yay for a post about the kids! LOVE it! You are lucky Ellie wasn’t too mad at you, Madi had decided a while back that she was going to go live with my friend Kathryn and she sat and gave me a big old list of reasons why she wanted to live there instead of with me. Ya, I cried.

    Love, Addie’s response to Kenny! She’ll be well prepared to be a Mom! :)

  13. you pulled out bushes without kid consultation? Oh my! Such a great post Erin. And I lovvvve your new template/colors/fonts…all of it, nice:)

  14. Oh thanks so much everyone! Your comments are so sweet! They all made me so happy. :)

    Jen – I’m leaving both of your comments up (totally got what you were saying the first time but love that you took the time to fix it – so something I would do). :) Thank you for BOTH of your kind comments!

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