Monday, June 6, 2016

The Science Center

Sometimes vacations are exhausting. Like when you have to deal with hotel reservations on the phone for two hours. When you make an exhaustive list of all the family friendly activities with a breakdown of their hours and costs, and then forget it. When you pile everyone into the car and head out to Grant's Farm to see the Budweiser Clydesdales and you realize it's entirely possible you'll run out of gas from the AC before you make it through the line to park, so you scrap it all together. Exhausting.

But there's magic in the effort. There's beauty in the fascination of everything new as seen from the innocent eyes of your kiddos. There's a sense of wonder as you witness each little personality developing and finding their rhythm. What makes them glow, and become completely immersed in their surroundings.

It never seizes to amaze me how completely different my two oldest gals can be. While one thrives on adrenaline rushes, the other prefers the complexities of science and the intricacies of art. It is one of my greatest joys to observe the way they continue to define who they are and find a space for themselves as individuals. This world is a much better place because they're in it.

 And of course the littlest peanut, who was just happy to be out of the stroller and "helping".

Friday, June 3, 2016

Meet me in St. Louie (at the city museum)

As parents, especially Moms, we're told over and over again that it goes so fast, and you're going to miss it. Soak it all in. Which of course is easier said than done when you're in the trenches of tantrums and eating strikes. But what I haven't heard much, and wish I would, is how awesome it is to watch them fly.

The City Museum is not for the faint of heart. It definitely was not my scene, or Parker's, or Hadley's, or the Mr.'s for the matter. But Gracen was in her element. And while my anxiety was at pretty much an all time high, the sweet baby girl that made me a Mother 8 short years ago was having the time of her life navigating the urban jungle playground.

She was fearless. She was confident. She was free. And it was amazing to watch her.

Side note: If you want a great workout, go here. If you want an intense workout, carry around a 20lb human heater the whole time. But seriously, the tula was a lifesaver. You could not bring a stroller in this place.