Wednesday, November 29, 2006

A Cold Snowy Night.....

I love being a mother! Tonight as Madelyn was getting all soapy in the bath I was standing in our room watching big flakes of snow fall on the ground. I have to say I was mesmorized by the beauty of it and like a little kid I wanted to go out and play in it. It was 8:00pm and the logical thing to do would have been to finish bathing Madelyn put her to bed and sit down and watch the Biggest Loser while eating a box of chocolate covered mint oreos all the while berating myself for not being motivated enough to loose those extra pounds that have been plaguing my life for who knows how many years! Anyway back to the snow.....in our family I am not known as the responsible one and so I threw caution to the wind, marched downstairs put on the warmest winter coat I could find and headed outside to brave the cold frosty air. My sister and I thought it would be fun to get out the blow up sled I had just purchased at the local Fred Meyer and try sliding down the little hill in front of our house. Who knew you could get going so fast on such a little slope. Meanwhile in the house Dallan finished washing up Madelyn, put her pj's on and decided it would be fun for her to watch her mom being silly from the window of her bedroom. It wasn't long before I had convinced him to let her come outside and play with me. I am so thankful for those sweet and silly experiences I get to have with her because they help to erase from my mind all the times I want to tear my hair out because I am so frustrated with this whole "motherhood" concept. So after Dallan finishes wrapping her up like a miniature Michelin Man she comes running outside to play with me. We giggled as we laid down and made snow angels in the front yard and screamed with excitement as we made our way on the sled down the hill in front of our house. When we finally got too cold and had to make our way back into the house Madelyn looked up at me and said "Mom, that was crazy (her new favorite word). I said yeah Madelyn that sure was a lot of fun. She then said "thanks for playing with me mom, I had fun". At that moment I was so grateful to be the "not so responsible one". I was thankful that against my better judgment I decided to let my three year old go outside and play in the snow just minutes after getting her out of the bathtub. I know that in just a short while she won't remember much of the night we played out in the snow but I know I will. I am so thankful to be her mom.

9 comments:

emma jo said...

It makes me want to cry...I love moments like that when I can forget following prototype and really enjoy time with them. Did you have any idea 5 years ago that you would have moments like that?

mandee said...

I guess it is moments like that when you realize how empty and sad your life would be without your children.

Missy said...

Loved the story and I hope I am just like that one day (by the way, I'm Emily's cousin, so not too strange of a stranger looking at your personal post!Thanks for letting me peek..).

Bridgett said...

Hey Mandee,
Thanks for the comments, and I loved this post. If my mom played with me like that I think I'd remember it for a very very long time. Im so happy that you have Madalynn and that she has you. You're a wonderful mom!
-Bridgett-

Suebee said...

I'm so jealous of your snow. It was 76 here today. What fun!

Abby said...

More than making me miss snow SO TERRIBLY, you made me appreciate motherhood a bit more tonight. Maybe I should go wake my sleeping one year old and take him to the park!!! (I can just see the poor confused look on his tired little face...)

Heather J said...

Hey, I was already to read another post tonite!! Something exciting must have happened that you could write about...What did you have for supper?

mo said...

You've got your priorities just right! It takes some people a lifetime to figure out what you already know and do. Way to go! I loved reading about it. I think I may go buy a sled today.

mandee said...

Thanks to Emily's family for making me feel important! Like her, you are too nice.