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Monday, April 19, 2010

What Was Your Stand Out Moment on the Weekend?

Each Monday I write about a stand out moment from my weekend. You can join me, and tell me yours too! Link to your blog if you've written about something on the weekend, or make a comment below if you like!

Last week, I knew that the 6yr old was making something for me. It was all very hush, hush. "You can't see it yet, Mummy," he said one morning as I entered his room, using his arm as a shield between my eyes and the piece of paper he was working on. 

With everything we've had going on these school holidays, I had all but forgotten about it. Then Sunday morning, he entered my bedroom, and said in a hushed tone to me, "Mum!" I opened my eyes to see him standing there, a piece of paper pressed to his chest, and a knowing smile on his lips. 

"What's up, honey?" I asked, trying to wake myself up. (It was one of those rare mornings where Hubby was home, and not out riding his bike, and had gotten up to fetch the boys their breakfast. I'd managed to get back to sleep. Heaven.)

He just smiled at me, his eyes occasionally diverting down to the piece of paper, then back up to mine. "Oh!" I said, realising what he had. "Is that my special present?" He nodded. "Can I see it?" He turned it around, and this is what I saw:

Isn't it gorgeous? Check out all the little butterflies. My favourite is the one at the bottom, far left. A little early for Mother's Day...but who cares? 

Growing up, my parents - especially my Dad - loved it when I made them cards. On those years that I chose to purchase a card for Dad instead, he'd say, "Oh. Why didn't you make me one? I like the cards you make." To be honest, I thought he was just being nice. How could he possibly prefer my daggy old greeting cards to those from the shop?

Since I've had my kids - I get it. There's nothing more precious than a homemade card, drawing, letter - especially when it's addressed to you with lots of hugs and kisses. The 8 yr old has written me some lovely ones in the past too, and the 3yr old is starting to draw a lot more now.

Considering that we thought last week that we might lose the 6 yr old during the choking incident, this picture is even more timely. And even though I wrote about the 6yr old's beautiful nature in this post, he has actually been quite difficult at home lately. Let's just say he's had a bit of an attitude problem! Quite unlike him. My guess is, he's been the peacemaker and the conformist for so long now...he's a little over it! And he probably needs a little one-on-one time for a change (which he had yesterday with his Dad, who took him to a museum. He loved it.) 

When he gave me this paper, and I told him how gorgeous it was and how much I loved him, he seemed to hold me in a way that suggested a peace offering. At least, I hope that's what it was. ;) In any case, it felt as though we really connected for the first time in weeks. And after last week, I really needed that with him.

I'm off to place this in my special keepsakes box, along with all the other beautiful cards and pictures my boys have given me. I'm sure, in the future someday, it will bring back some wonderful memories.



Michelle said...

Awe lovely! :)

Ami said...

That is soooo gorgeous!! :)

We went to Nelson Bay for the State Championship Sailing Regatta. It was a great weekend. The boys went out sailing and us girls relaxed, ate lots and had a trip to the Spa! The standout moment though was Hubby and his crew got 2nd overall! So proud of them.

MegsyJ said...

That is just beautiful. I love the picture and I LOVE that he did that all by himself, without even being asked to draw/write something nice. Just beautiful.

Me? Not sure this week; it was a busy weekend full of socialising, so that was lovely!

Thea Smith said...

Oh, that is just so beautiful. I think I have a little tear in my eye.

My weekend was had so many stand out moments I blogged about it.
But I think the one thing that stood out the most for me was taking our kids to the places we used to love when we were 'dating'. We'd stroll around Brisbane talking about how one day we'd have kids and could show them all these things, and on the weekend we were doing it. It was wonderful.

katepickle said...

Oh just melt your heart kind of gorgeous!

We've had a fab weekend too... one of my twins went fishing with her Dad, just the two of them, which is a pretty big deal in our house and all kinds of lovely. The other twin and the two year old and I planted some plants and then on Sunday we celebrated my Mum's birthday - all round great weekend

claire said...

how lovely! cant wait til my little one can make things!


Shelly said...

Hi Jodie,

Acted on your suggestion and did a post about my standout moment: http://tropicalmum.blogspot.com/2010/04/gotta-love-other-peoples-bratty-kids.html
Come have a read if you want.


PS: I had a choking incident a few weeks back with my 6yo too. A bit of plum stuck in his throat. I picked him up and was about to pat him on the back but the way I picked him up must have been similar to Heimlich manoeuvre, cause out it flew. Never been so scared in all my life as in those moments before it came out!

jessica said...

I fall to pieces when my kid gives me a "l love you mommy" anything. Breaks my heart and makes me want to hug her forever.

Poppy said...

Hi Jodie,

I have been reading your blog for a while and really love it. It is so lovely to read about the wonderful relationship you share with your hubby and boys. Reading the choking incident last week brought me to tears. I have two boys and the thought of this happening just makes me cold.

I am a sucker for anything that the kids make, but in particular anything that says they love me and I just melt. Mr 5 yesterday said "mummy I'm really going to miss you tomorrow when I go back to school" and my heart melted!

My stand out moment....watching Mr 5 and his dad come back from footy training with giant smiles on their faces, full of enthusiasm after the fun morning they had had.

Congrats on a great blog! BTW, I also love biographies, I have just finished Ray Martin's book which I really loved. I also loved Barbara Walters book 'Audition'.

Crinau said...

Beautiful card.