We spent Valentine’s Day out of town, as we are lucky enough to have a cute little Valentine’s birthday girl in the family! We ate cake, chocolates and made wishes on candles. I was even spoiled with a few fun gifts, including a new charm bracelet that Trent and Lu put together for me and this t-shirt, which is pretty amazing! Hope your day was full of love and light, I know mine was!
I heard this song on our favorite radio station, Sirius XM Kids Place Live (which, by the way, is free this week if you have a Sirius XM radio receiver in your car, but don’t have a subscription), and it felt like something I wanted everyone to hear. It’s okay, guys. Try again.
“The very fact of snow is such an amazement.” – Roger Ebert
“There is just something beautiful about walking on snow that nobody else has walked on. It makes you believe you are special.”
- Carol Rifka Brunt
“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.” – Vista M. Kelly
This year I’m taking a simple approach to gratitude via social media, and I’m participating in the #365grateful project on Instagram. I feel like I’ve sort of been a lame blogger lately, using mostly mobile phone photos, not writing very often, blah blah blah, but I’m digging the simple things. And what’s simpler than seeing something amazing in your life, snapping a pic and sharing how blessed you feel to have experienced it? Life is so good right now, so lovely and warm (even though it’s freezing outside) and magical and joyful, I have found myself wanting to spend less time blogging it, and more time living it. This is just the swing of things, I suppose, in a few weeks or months I’ll probably be on a blogging binge again. But for now, a few grateful iPhone photos will have to do.
Some days they are best buddies. They are honestly pretty similar. There is something about a three-year-old boy and a puppy that would make anyone’s heart jump a little bit, but these two are as good of friends as they are each other’s greatest enemy. They are each equally curious, ornery, smart and quick, which makes for some hectic days around our house. Every morning, when Tate comes shuffling down the hall after waking, the first thing he looks for is Teddy. “Aw, hiiii puppy!” he says in his gravely, sleepy voice. That’s when it starts. Teddy, who is always super pumped to see people, runs up to Tate at full, out of control, puppy speed and knocks him right over. Tate screams at the top of his lungs, which gets Teddy even more excited. At this point, after two months with Teddy in our home, almost all of Tate’s shirts have little holes in the back, where Teddy has grabbed him with his little puppy teeth. Tate is definitely not innocent in this…every time Teddy lays down or settles in with a toy or bone, there is Tate, jumping on top of him or taking his toy and running away, giggling maniacally.
“Mama, I just giving Teddy love,” he’ll explain when I catch him. There is no amount of convincing that will make Tate realize that most puppies don’t like to be “strangled” with love. And there is no amount of dog commands that will convince Teddy that Tate’s screams are not one’s of happiness. He just thinks the little human wants to play! So most mornings and evenings are full of “No, Teddy, no biting!” and “Tate, leave that dog alone!” It’s a loud, hectic life we’re leading.
But every once in a while, I find them snuggled together on the couch watching cartoons, or sleeping together during nap time, twin snores emitting from Tate’s bed. There is so much love here. It might be tainted with screams and little puppy bite marks, but I can still see it. Right now they are about equal in size, but very soon, Teddy will outgrow our little boy, so we are working hard training both of them to treat each other with respect. And even though they bicker, I can already tell they are going to be the best of friends. We are so lucky to have found Teddy. Just proves to me, once again, the good things in life are worth waiting for.