The girls went on their second track break this week. And Wow, I can’t believe the difference. Their first break consisted of lice, tantrums, and general all around craziness. They were discovering all of the toys and crafts upstairs, they were constantly testing boundaries with Adam and me, and they were learning how to do their chores and exist in a family. Needless to say, it was not difficult for me to drop a few pounds over those three weeks–and feel utterly exhausted in the process.
Now things are much calmer. They can communicate. They get dressed before coming down to breakfast. They pour their own cereal and milk. They unload the dishwasher–putting everything away correctly. They operate the DVD player without scratching the movies. And they know how to ride their bikes. (oh, the small successes)
It is such an awesome feeling to see my girls flourish. Not only are they comfortable with daily routines and expectations, but they also genuinely love me more. I can feel it. They see me as their mother, and treat me as such. They completely rely on me for everything now….like it should be. This track break is so much more enjoyable. In fact, I don’t want them to go back to school. :)
4 Replies to “what a difference”
Hey Rachel! It’s Stephanie from the Villa. I just found out about your blog from Julie’s blog and I’m so glad that I found it. Your family is beautiful – and what an adventure. I have loved reading about everything they are doing and the wonderful parents you have become.
I wish we would have kept in better touch, Rach. You are truly an inspiration. I’ll be in Vegas this summer, maybe we could meet up?
How cool it is to be able to compare and see the growth. You guys rock Ezzy & Nikki. Oh, and mom and dad too.
You really do have the most wonderful kids and you and Adam always amaze me at how well you have done with them in only such a short amount of time. Looks like they’re preparing you for home schooling some day. Erica will be so jealous if you do.
Hi Rachel – I’ve been reading over your stories and blogs and wanted to contact you about possibly telling some of your stories on my site – http://www.experiencingmotherhood.com. Please email me or come visit me at the site when you get a moment, would love to hear from you! (or you can come to my personal site: http://www.fromsingletomarried.com to learn more about me). thanks! Tabitha