I miss you EVERY single day Melissa...and double on days when Drew and Max do and say things that I know you would find amusing...amusing enough to post. That was this weekend. Andrew made you smile and laugh when he was just eight months old...and he has never stopped making us laugh. I wish you could have known Max, and Max could have met YOU. Oh...he KNOWS you. I just wish he could have heard your laugh...somewhere we have videos and he WILL hear your voice and your laugh...until then, I imagine your laughter when I would share stories like this with you...
This weekend, we met Nick, Mere and the boys at Wilson Park to go swimming. Of course when we were packing up to leave, Drew was BEGGING to spend the night with Pamma (Nick & Mere just HAPPENDED to have a packed bag for the boys in the van - just in case). Of COURSE I couldn't say NO. Saturday, as most of you know was hotter than H*LL. When we got home, they SHOULD have been sleepy after being in the pool and the hot sun for a couple of hours...but no. They wanted to dig in the back yard. Just too hot, so they had to find something to do inside. Within 15 minutes or so, Drew came upstairs asking if he could use Poppop's tape. "Why do you need Poppop's tape?"
"I'm making something for Aunt Fort"....He brings me a business card that he found downstairs (from Hidy Honda) and two small plastic anchors (that you use to anchor screws in the wall). He wanted to tape the anchors onto the card. He had written (scribbled) something on the card and I asked him what it said. "I love you" (to Aunt Fort)...then I asked him how he was going to get it to her.
"In a balloon. We'll put it in then blow up the balloon". Then he said "Does Aunt Fort have a car? She can buy one!" (because it was a "car" card!) I KNOW she was smiling.
Earlier, when we had just gotten home from the pool, Max had a poopy diaper. I changed it. About 15 minutes later, he had ANOTHER poopy diaper. About half an hour later, he wasn't around and I said "Max. Where are you? What are you doing?" He said "Pooping." I found him, picked him up and said "NO YOU AREN'T"...and took him to the bathroom, took the diaper off, sat him on the toilet, and said "NOW you can poop." In the meantime, Donny and Andrew followed us into the bathroom - we were all waiting for something to happen. Max was crying..."Pamma. I don't know HOW to do it. I am only TWO (holding up two fingers)...I'm just a baby!" And out of NOWHERE, I said "Max. The Poop Fairy is right outside the window. If you poop in the toilet, he'll bring you something. ANYTHING you want. " Right away, Andrew says "Pamma, can I see him????" So we opened the window, and I said "he must be invisible"....which satisfied Drew. Now Max is sitting there, with a confused look on his face, but STILL sitting on the toilet. "Pamma, where is he? Can I see him? What does he have?" I told him he had to poop in the toilet before he would get something. At this point, I sent Donny and Drew OUT of the bathroom, got a book to read to Max while he was sitting (really TRYING to poop)...and read GO DOG GO (should have been GO MAX GO...huh?).
Well, he must have grunted for 5 minutes, and nothing was happening, so I let him get down, and told him that if he goes at home, to call me and give me his list so I can get it to the Poop Fairy.
Sounds like a kid's book, doesn't it??? That's my NEXT project. (After getting the BLOG published).
I have an idea for a book about teachers too. Plus every room in my house is going to get a little
(And, OH. By the way...Max will be 3 August 20. So even though he IS the BABY of the family...we are ready to get him potty trained...his mom and dad too!)
Why did I wait so long to retire?
And for some reason...I've been a little down for the last couple of days. Thinking a lot about Melissa and missing her. Some days are like that. The nice thing now is I can spend a day thinking about her, not get out of bed if I don't feel like it...because those days aren't EVERY day any more. But they still happen...when I least expect it. So the last couple of days have been pretty laid back.
I made a slideshow of Melissa (and one of Drew & Max too!) WITH music. I can watch whenever I'm missing her. Makes me cry...but makes me smile too. I was such a lucky mom to have a daughter like Melissa....not just my daughter, but my best friend too.
She would expect me to end with photos of Drew and Max, and of course I have plenty. But will just share a few....
Max & Pamma at Grandpa Irv's
OH.....one more thing....Angie stopped by yesterday. We are in the process of getting a
date for another FIREBIRDS for FORT Fundraiser. Just like the first one. If you are interested
in helping out OR donating something, let one of us know!!! The tentative date is Saturday,
October 6 (if the Union Hall is available that day!)
Enjoy the cooler weather - finally.