|First place and grand champions!|
|Grandma & Grandpa Kelly's - great day to hang in the yard.|
|Being put to work :)|
|Great climbing tree|
Each year I'm a mom, I am that much more thankful for my mom. Most recently, while attempting to prepare dinner, each of the kids were jumping, spinning, opening cabinets, jumping on counters at varying times. It makes for a chaotic food prep environment. But I could vividly think back to doing this same thing throughout the years and while I didn't see anything wrong with it then, I get it now.
Now that my kids are getting older, they understand more the importance of honoring people on their day. While they were very aware it was a special day for me and showered me with wonderful handmade gifts, they still couldn't pull it together for the one wish I would really want...no bickering, no whining, proving that they are still indeed, kids!
I continue to have greater and greater appreciation for all matriarchs and the situation these holidays find them in...my 92 year-old grandmother, mothers that have lost their children, children that have had to say goodbye to their parents earlier than expected, etc. For so many, it is a joyously painful day. But, like I've heard before, having children allows you to feel extremes of every emotion you possess. You feel fear, pain, anxiety like you've never felt. And thankfully, happiness.