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August 18, 2010

Yes. I know. This has been a long series of torture with my description of a four-day trip.  I believe everyone deserves their moment when it comes to supporting me.  Not to leave anyone out, I want to mention my kids.

The Kids: As we were leaving Thursday evening, our kids were perched on their bikes preparing to ride to my brother and SIL’s house to hang for a couple of days.  (thanks guys!)  They both hugged us and said, “Have a good time.”  “Good luck Mom!” and “Be careful.”  (inside joke with the 4 of us)  Then they rode off.  I turned to the hubs with tears in my eyes and said, “Why can’t our kids be jerks?  Then I would want to leave them behind!”  No such luck. 

Either our kids are super easy, or we are super parents.  I think it’s a little bit of both.  (probably that I’m a fantastic mom more than anything.  shameless plug. no comments necessary)

They sent texts and called throughout the trip. 

They also ran their own race on Saturday morning.   Each placing in their age group:

2nd place 13-17 & 3rd place 8-12

Our hometown celebration includes a 5k & 2-mile run/walk.  Our children participated with SisterRunner who ran a PR!  Go Girl!

After the race I received this text from SisterRunner:

“Ur kids were great! So polite! And they did GREAT today! Turned the last 3 blocks and saw them waiting for me at the finish in their matching blue run shirts. So cute.”

I love when others see our children exactly as we do.  It is the best compliment as a parent – at least for me. 

I love that they ran.  But. . . I worry that they ran to please us and not because they wanted to.  I worry that they think they need to be more like us to keep us happy.  That couldn’t be farther from the truth.  I hope they find what they love and they embrace it.  So far. So good. 

The emotions of being a parent feels crazy sometimes.  I want to be with them all of the time, but it felt so good to be alone with my ‘special someone’.  I get tired of hearing “mom?” all day long, but the silence that will come with the start of school (tomorrow) can be deafening.  I miss them when they are away.  There are days when I’m ready for them to be in college and chasing their dreams, then two seconds later I’m crying because they will. 

I hope I can remember the little things.  I hope they see our dedication to them – not because I want any glory – but because I want them to love being a parent as much as I do. 

Run your race kids!  Love you.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. August 18, 2010 11:22 am

    you guys ARE rockin’ parents! (and a rockin’ AWESOME couple! if I do say so myself) Enjoyed the time, hope to enjoy them more in the future. Love to ya Sis!

    • Shana permalink
      August 18, 2010 11:39 am

      Thanks. It was a welcome relief to know they were in such good hands.

  2. August 18, 2010 1:12 pm

    awesome, definitely a testament to good parenting

    • Shana permalink
      August 18, 2010 3:39 pm

      that’s what we like to tell ourselves. ;-)

  3. August 18, 2010 7:19 pm

    Awww and look how GORGEOUS they are! How totally fun they and your sis all ran.

    With a lump in my throat, I put my 4th grader on bus this morning.
    Not sure what I’m gonna do Monday when I put my littlest on the Kinder bus. Time flies…sigh.

    • Shana permalink
      August 19, 2010 5:59 am

      Thanks. They take after their daddy.

      Today is the day for the shorter one to leave me. Tomorrow the boy. I can’t believe summer’s over.

  4. August 18, 2010 9:10 pm

    Wow, way to make me cry (as I approach sending our oldest away to college and on to chase her dreams). Every word resonates with me. Parenting does feel so crazy and emotional sometimes, and sometimes you just need a break from the “mom?”.

    • Shana permalink
      August 19, 2010 6:00 am

      Oh Beth. I forgot. So glad you’ll get to see her (and her laundry) on a regular basis.

      Today will surely be a quiet one.

  5. August 19, 2010 5:07 pm

    they are awesome!

    • Shana permalink
      August 20, 2010 9:56 am

      I know! I can’t believe they’re mine.

  6. August 20, 2010 9:41 am

    ‘I follow you–literally’ girl you are cracking me up!

    And Happy Birthday! If I’d known your special day was imminent, we’d have partied it up in CO even more!

    • Shana permalink
      August 20, 2010 9:57 am

      Oh baby. . .I partied it up. *wink*

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