I continue to have the honor of joining a few other mamas in a blog circle. Each month we write letters to our babies. When you’re finished reading mine, click to read Tiffany‘s post. Keep reading the letters and following the links, and you’ll eventually come full circle, back here.
Gunnar, I just got off the phone with you. You just finished your first basketball camp. Maybe the first of many, if your love of the sport continues. We talked the night before how you would need to eat a good, healthy breakfast in the morning. You opted for a protein shake. I got to stay for the first 30 minutes, where you focused on getting warmed up. Lots of stretching, lots of form shooting drills, maybe a few 3-point range launches. My favorite part is how excited you get when you hit a shot from far out. It’s like you can’t hardly believe it. You throw your arms up in the air, and look around to see who may have just saw you make the shot. It’s so innocent and childlike, your reaction. It’s almost like you’re watched too many of those videos showcasing those final second shots and you think you’re in that clutch situation. I can’t tell you how many times you’ve made me watch the video of Westbrook and Oladipo and their back to back clutch three’s that sent the Thunder away with the W when Oladipo played for the Magic. Your excitement doesn’t waiver. It is as if you are seeing it for the first time, each time. Your heart and soul Gunnar, are one of a kind. May you keep that childlike love for as long as possible. And, of course a clip to remind you one day.
Finley, I’m not going to lie. This month has been a tough one for us. You have taken on a new level of sneakiness that drives me crazy. Your sass is out of control. And, you’re written on the wall twice this month…not to include the nail polish incident. Sometimes I feel guilty that I’m not able to spend as much quality time one on one with each of you. Unfortunately, right now, Nora takes up a lot of that since she still “needs” me to do most things for her. I’m excited to say that you and me have a day date setup this week. We are on a mission to get you a few more dresses for school, as you pretty much insist on wearing one daily here lately. Your Daddy and I are trying hard to try to do one on one things more often with each of you. You are each equally special and we love any alone time we can snag with each of you.
Nora, whoa baby! This month you have been a firecracker. You officially have a disapproving glare. Daddy says it looks much like your sister’s. You can be quite aggressive (I’m sure thanks to the many arguments your older siblings have daily). You climb on everything…chairs, table, fireplace, you name it. And, you love to eat markers. Or, I don’t think eat is the right word, but you scout them out, take off their lids, and put them in your mouth making sure it is obvious that we know you’ve had them by evidence present ALL OVER YOUR FACE!!! Thankfully we have the sharpies under good wraps.
This month we went to visit your Daddy’s side of the family in Seattle. You all love your time there. You love your Grandpa and Grandma, and can’t get enough of your cousins, Ava and Hailey. We played HARD. We had a blast! You spent most mornings playing in Grandma and Grandpa’s backyard, soaking in the cool, crisp air while we all enjoyed drinking our coffee at a slower than usual pace. We did not typically have an agenda, which is preferable. We took each day one at a time. You loved that your cousins got to spend the night. Hearing your giggles long after we went to bed was bittersweet, tired from the day but wanting you to soak up every minute you get with them. Our evenings were quiet mostly, family and friends popping in and out. Good food and time to chat each evening. We love our time with Daddy’s side of the family, and look forward to this time each summer. I’m sure you may not remember every summer, but I’m sure you will certainly remember the epic noodle fight you had with your Grandma and Aunt Tamara, shooting off small fireworks in the backyard, and some intense soccer games that took place each morning, afternoon, and night. We mostly want you to remember that you are loved by so many. Our physical time together may be limited, but we sure have a great time being together soaking up one another.
I sure do love you,