Earlier today, we were in the car, driving to drop Meredith off at her grandparents so that Nora and I could meet some friends downtown for lunch and to see Pinkalicious at The Children’s Theatre. I stopped at a light and turned around to look at the girls in the backseat. Nora had the most precious smile of joy on her face as she looked up towards the ceiling of the car. When I followed her gaze, I realized that she was watching the sparkly lights that my wedding ring was making in the sunlight. “It looks like the stars”, she said. I fell in love with my oldest daughter all over again in that moment.
I love both of my kids immensely. But, I absolutely love those special one on one moments that I get with each of them from time to time. Now that Nora is in school, I am blessed to have a lot of mornings with Meredith. We have snuggle story time and gymnastics class together. We go get coffee and bagels together. We take walks and go to the park when it’s nice out. That time means so much to me. However, the flip side is that I don’t get as much special time with just Nora. Today, was a day for the two of us.
Pinkalicious was the perfect play to go see with my cupcake loving, pink wearing, girlie girl.
And the fact that the weather blessed us with a gorgeous sunny break from the snowy cold of this winter didn’t hurt either. Aside from the moment in the car, here are my top memories from the day:
1) Seeing such a genuinely happy smile on Nora’s face when we first got downtown and walked out onto Fountain Square.
2) When Nora tried to order her chocolate milk from the hostess at the hostess stand at Rock Bottom as soon as we walked in. The hostess must never be around young kids because she had a look of shock on her face and didn’t know how to break it to her that she wasn’t the one who would be getting our drinks.
3) Drinking a draft beer and eating yummy fish tacos for lunch.
4) Feeling warm sunshine on my face.
5) Seeing Nora and her friend Adelynn holding hands as we walked to the play, listening to them yell something (Amy and I aren’t entirely sure what) at the top of their lungs over and over again.
6) Watching Nora’s face as she knelt on her chair watching the first 15 minutes of the play.
7) Snuggling with Nora as she sat on my lap for the rest of the play.
8) Enjoying a relaxing afternoon with Amy and her precious daughter outside of work.
9) Having a real conversation about life with Nora (when did she grow up?) on the drive to pick up her sister.
10) And later, enjoying some outside time with BOTH of my girls. First, at the park and then on our deck.
I am blessed.