Friday, August 22, 2008

After School Fun

I just found this quote on Nie Nie's blog:
"Author Anna Quindlen reminds us not to rush past the fleeting moments.{or if I could enter here-the basket-head mother syndrome} She said: “The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less”(Loud and Clear [2004], 10–11).

Every day Kaia asks me "where are we going today?". Usually it is followed by "Are we going swimming?" The rec center nearest us is remodeling their pool and we don't have an "in" with any of the neighborhood pools yet, so I usually have to tell poor Kaia "no". But yesterday was a hot one and after we rode our bikes home from Kindergarten Kaia suggested we pull out the blue pool. Great idea, kai kai.

Sierra ran off in a mad dash trying to prevent any sibilings from using her towel. Tristan lost his swim trunks in the pursuit.
It almost worked for him to be carried home like a king, but Sierra said he was too heavy.