Friday, June 26, 2009
I have had some recent milestones as a mother - you know - the little jabs in the arm that you feel when you see positive results and progress in your children. The one that comes to mind most easily is Hayden's maturity. Yes, I know that because he is male that he will, by definition, be immature until he is about 30 years old, but I did say progress, not completion! He has been showing maturity is several areas, but mostly what it boils down to is respect and consideration for others. He's thinking more about the world (and the people) around him and less about himself and his own feelings. It's wonderful to catch him in the middle of it. I sorta stand back, and go "Wow - he's really growing up!" It's awesome.
And Mallory (who will always be my little girl, my baby) is getting ready to start 2nd grade. She's a little social butterfly, she's a space cadet, and she loves attention, but I'm starting to notice something unique and interesting about her. She not only loves to receive attention, she also loves to give attention. She doesn't care who she talks to or plays with. It doesn't matter if they are much younger or much older than her. It doesn't matter if they don't look the same or talk the same. She does not show preference or avoidance. She is just as happy to play the 3 year old little boy who lives next door as she is to spend the afternoon with a grown up. And to me, that is amazing. That she hasn't developed a sense of who is different from her.
So, today I feel successful as a parent. Because even though they drive me crazy when they argue with, pick on and nag each other CONSTANTLY, they also make me so proud when I hear them say encouraging, kind or thoughtful things to the people around them. I honestly believe that the mark we make on the world will be made on the souls of the people with whom we interact. I try to work on myself and my "mark" every day - and I'm seeing that in the kids, too! Hooray!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009
For the past few days the Kincaids have been enjoying vacation #1 of the summer. We hopped in the car and took the kids to King’s Island for a couple days. We’ve been to Holiday World for the past couple of years, and Hayden had definitely outgrown the selection of roller coasters offered there. The Waffle and I both have fond memories of coasters such as The Beast, The Racers and Vortex, so we decided it was time to start making some of those memories with the kids.
A few days before the trip, we got out the measuring tape to see where we “stood.” As is turns out, Hayden was just under 54”, so he wasn’t able to go on everything that he wanted to. He sure did make the best of it, though! Here’s his list of accomplishments for the 2 day trip: Beast, Son of Beast, Racers, Vortex, Flight Deck, Backlot Stunt Coaster, Delirium, and some other not-so-exciting rides that shall go unnamed. Of course, he had a great time.
Hayden at the water park
Mallory had a good time, too, for the most part. She measured in at just under 46”, which prohibited her from going on any of the adult roller coasters. She did enjoy the Viking Fury, the Fairly Odd Coaster, Scrambler, Monster, Shake, Rattle & Roll, and the Avatar ride (which mom enjoyed very much, too!). We all stayed together for most of the first day, managing to visit rides and coasters alternately. On the second day, however, we had to divide and conquer. Mallory was tired of walking from one roller coaster to another, so I took her to Nickelodeon Universe (kids area) while Hayden and the Waffle visited various coasters. This area was just her speed - kid friendly with a handful of rides for the more daring children. Mallory is equally both!
Day two was a bit more hot and humid than day one, which worked out perfectly for us to visit the water park. We spent about 4 hours there, left for dinner, and came back to the park about 6:30 on day two. That was when the weather took a nose dive. The Waffle and I were in line for the new coaster, Diamondback, planning to take advantage of the "Parent Swap" so we could both ride, when they closed the ride due to expected inclement weather. And sure enough, about 5 minutes later the sky opened up and we experienced the biggest hailstorm any of us had ever seen!
All in all, it was a great trip that we will all remember. Which, for us, that's what it's all about. Time spent together making great memories. After all, for kids, love is spelled T-I-M-E.
The kids prepare for their debut performance.