Friday is always a day of so many mixed emotions. Anticipation of the weekend ahead mixed with exhaustion from the days before which leaves me a little crabby, okay maybe a lot crabby, and totally lacking in patience with the kids. It’s also, typically, the day I try to leave myself with an open schedule so we can stay in our pajamas all day if we want and wait for Daddy to get home so our weekend can begin.
We tried to stay in our pajamas all day today. But we just couldn’t. The beautiful Florida February air was blowing through the house and the sun was beaming through the windows, so we went out into the backyard for hours. It was a-mazing. The kids ran circles around me as I basked in the sun. Between their giggles and the fresh air around us, I can’t think of a more enjoyable three hours that I have had alone with the kids in a long time.
As I sat there and played fetch with my children (yes, you read that right..we played fetch..hey, they chose the game not me!), I watched as Gigi struggled to conquer the uneven ground in our backyard. This was the first time she had been out in the yard since she really started walking and she kept falling. Without hesitation she would get right back up and try to keep up with her I-don’t-ever-walk-I-run, two year old brother. After 3 or 4 falls she would take a break and watch Connor run by and just giggle at the sight of him. Connor would engage her and she would be on her way again. Repeat this same cycle about 10 times and Gigi was so exhausted she came over to me, wanting nothing more than to be held so she could rest a while. She laid back against me so she could still enjoy the show her brother was putting on for us…
I stopped and closed my eyes. I could feel her laughing against me and I was filled with the sound of their giggles. If I could have bottled that feeling up, I would have saved it only to be opened on the worst of days.
Those moments don’t come all that often, I’m a little embarrassed to admit. There’s always something with one of us that prevents true joy from exuding from the three of us at the same time. But it does happen and when it happens…those moments…there just isn’t anything better.