Thursday, July 24, 2008

Today's pick me toes!

Eight years ago, I could never have imagined where my life would be now.
Elizabeth, Janey and Me
This thought was brought on by a recent mini-reunion with two of my college roommates. I, being the only mom of the group, listened to stories of what life without kids is like. I used to be the girl who could blow an entire paycheck in the blink of an eye. I used to be the girl who would lay out in the sun and paint my toes on my day off. I used to be the girl who kept my house spotless and insisted on cleaning everything at least once a week. I used to sleep in until 10:00 or later every chance I got. That's right... I USED to be her.
But not anymore. Now I watch every penny I spend. The only time I get to spend in the sun is usually spent pulling a wagon, pushing a swing or two, or slathering my kids with SPF 50 so they won't burn. My house is rarely neat much less spotless and I'm happy if I get around to the really major cleaning once a month. I can't even remember the last time I got to sleep in until 10:00!!! No I'm definately not that girl in college anymore.
Now, I'm happily the wife to this wonderful man. (whom I'm still madly in love with!)
And the proud mama to these two little red heads.
My life is certainly busier, full of more surprises, and a lot more exhausting! But this afternoon, God smiled down on me and both my children took a nap together and I got to sit out in the sun and paint my toenails again. I got a few minutes all to myself. No one crying, whining or repeating "MAMA, MAMA" over and over. It gave me time to reflect on how my life has changed and how I've been so blessed with a husband who loves me and two beautiful children. Even on the hardest of days, I love things the way they are now. It is definitely nice to take a stroll back down memory lane at the way things used to be, but I'd never trade what I have now for what I had then. (Okay, maybe I'd still like to have a little more sleep) But for now, here are the new highlights of my life. They may not be glamorous, but they are mine.
This is the sweet face I get to see early (and I mean early :) in the morning.And this little girl is absolutely MY daughter. (she loves to talk).
I can just see that these two are going to be good buddies one day. This picture is SO Raegan. Drew getting to take a bath in the big boy tub with his sister. How cute is that!
The many (cake covered) faces of Raegan.
No, this is not a mishap with hot pink lipstick. Aunt Tammy's b-day cake had hot pink icing... and guess who just LOVES icing?!
My sweet babies enjoying time outside on the swingset. This is by far the cutest single man I've seen since I met Tony :)

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