Kids Were Here

Kids Were Here

'If you must look back,do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present... gratefully.' -Maya Angelou

deep cleaning the house involved sweeping out the boys' room- under the dresser and the beds, stripping the sheets, dusting.

and this doll greeted me from the other end of the broom, with whispers of 'she found the doll!'

I hope this isn't the start of 'things I find under my boys' beds...'

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Kids Were Here

'If you must look back,do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present... gratefully.' -Maya Angelou

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Remember when we were all packed up and ready to head out to Pasagshak, for what become one of the best weekends of summer, ever.

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Remember your very first blueberry cobbler, which was also the very first thing for each of you to bake, 100% on your own. Ry kept exclaiming 'this is so awesome! this is so awesome I'm making this all by myself!'breannapeterson.com-1-8

Remember the blueberry cobbler baking aftermath. breannapeterson.com-1-7

Remember how good the cobbler tasted. breannapeterson.com-1-5

Remember the first summer we tried our hand at gardening, and our first little tomato we watched grow; maybe it will turn red.breannapeterson.com-1-4

Remember your 5th birthday, Covey, your incredibly awesome carnival.

breannapeterson.com-1-6Remember your 'real' birthday, Covey; everyone that said 'happy birthday' at your party, was met with a quick response of 'it's not my real birthday, it's my fake birthday.'breannapeterson.com-1-11

Remember our experiments baking bread, Ry. Attempting to make a yeast-free loaf for you, that actually tasted good and resembled bread. We're almost there. breannapeterson.com-1-12

Remember those gold kitty flats, Ella; you set them so perfectly by my flip flops. You have to wear them, a lot; today, it was swimsuit, raincoat and 'my cats, my cats!'.breannapeterson.com-1-3

Remember practicing your letters, both you boys, feeding off each other's drive to learn to read and write. breannapeterson.com-1-5

Remember those sweet summer days, filled with building, buckets, sandals and chalk, and so much more.

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'If you must look back,do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present... gratefully.' -Maya Angelou

Breanna Peterson-17 Remember when we (finally) began shoe-tying lessons, Ry. Probably a little late at 7.5, but suddenly realizing you haven't worn shoes that tie. Breanna Peterson-2-3Remember that makeshift sandbox, Ella, the one you joyfully dug away at in all kinds of weather. Breanna Peterson-2-2Remember that rock you painted, Ry, in your last week of school; now the little ladybug sits with our tomato plants (that may really grow tomatoes).Breanna Peterson-16Remember the swings you boys set-up with your dad, and the long night you spent on them immediately after; hours of swinging in the setting sun. Breanna Peterson-15 Remember your fort and the walks you boys enjoyed, just to find treasures to add to it's exterior.Breanna Peterson-4 Remember that garden we all planted together, our first year taking on this project, with hopes that something grows. Breanna Peterson-3-2 Remember the flower you picked Ry, and the little bud that blossomed after a day in water- you were amazed by it.Breanna Peterson-14Remember your love for horses, cows and the barn, Ella, and of course, your pink unicorn.Breanna PetersonRemember that little bit of spilled milk, Covey, where you found a heart. You always find hearts in random places.Breanna Peterson-2Remember your first dance performance, Ry, when you worked so hard performing as a newsie.

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'If you must look back,do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present... gratefully.' -Maya Angeloubreannapeterson-1-10

Remember all those spilled cups of water; all of you, it happens often. I went to wipe up the table, & this puddle so perfectly captured the reflection of the pussywillows on the table.  breannapeterson-1-4

Remember your boots, Ella; the ones you HAVE to wear, which is beneficial since you spend a lot of time in mud puddles, but not so good when you kick them off to run barefoot in 40 degree weather. Perhaps that's why your runny nose won't go away. breannapeterson-1-12

Remember your forts- under the table and in the living room. You even slept in your living room one; we had strict orders to leave it up that day and night, for a slumber party. breannapeterson-1

Remember one of our Easter art projects- using potatoes to make egg prints. Covey, you got a little carried away with the paint. Actually, you all did.breannapeterson-1-11

Remember your 'babies,' Ella. The ones you so happily love and reject; there's not a lot of middle ground for them. breannapeterson-1-7

Remember your love for olives, Ella. You walk to the pantry daily, shouting 'olives! olives!'breannapeterson-1-6

Remember Ry's first baseball practice, Cove; we played catch for awhile then headed back to the truck. I asked you where you put your mitt, and your directions lead me here. breannapeterson-1-8

Remember your 2nd birthday party Ella- your cake, your flowers, your friends and family. It was a beautiful day. breannapeterson-1-3

Remember your obsession, Ella, with dumping out games all over the floor.breannapeterson-1-5

Remember how much you love your collections, Cove; you were so proud of those bullet shells you collected from the beach. breannapeterson-1-16Remember the collection you created at Ry's soccer practice, Cove; finding all sorts of (not-so-safe) objects behind the bleachers. breannapeterson-1-14

Remember that red rocking chair- the one Ry got for his first birthday; the one Ella now sits in regularly. breannapeterson-1-15

Remember when we dyed Easter eggs, Ry; you were so anxious and excited for the process. It was your first year dying real eggs. breannapeterson-1-13

Remember that giant green duck egg, and how beautifully it held its green color; and all the other eggs you dyed turned out so vibrant.

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'If you must look back,do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present... gratefully.' -Maya Angeloubreannapeterson.com-1-18

Remember all the bananas you ate, Ella; you'd shout 'nana! nana!', then always follow-up with the sweetest sounding thank you.

breannapeterson.com-1-4Remember that day we went to Holiday Beach, where we got pussywillows to keep on the table. Always a first sign of Spring. breannapeterson.com-1-7

Remember that day all you kids played dress-up with your friends; you, Ella, were particularly fond of this coonskin hat for two days.

breannapeterson.com-1-9Remember when you, Rylee, decided this was your ninja symbol that needed to grace our table; it looks more like a ying-yang symbol to me, but not sure you know what that is just yet. breannapeterson.com-1-2

Remember all the dreamcatchers we collected, Covey, to help keep your bad dreams away. Sometimes they worked. breannapeterson.com-1-3

Remember daylight savings time; when we gained that hour of daylight in the evening, when your room glows like this. When you boys argue it's not nightime because it's still light. You have a good case, you two, but you (usually) don't win.

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Remember that winter, Covey, you always refused to wear coats, except this one. The blue fleece that was more of a thick long sleeve shirt, and completely inadequate for our winter days.

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Remember that day, Ella, you spilt 2,700 beads on the floor; I think we may have accounted for 2,695 beads (let's pretend there aren't any hiding anywhere...)breannapeterson.com-1-8

Remember that day I was picking 2,700 beads off the floor and found this, as well; apparently, we were not winning with crafts today.

 

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'If you must look back,do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present... gratefully.' -Maya Angeloubreannapeterson.com

Remember the day we made Valentine's for your class, Ry, & yours, Covey. You both were so particular on which classmates got which color heart. Your thoughtfulness warmed my heart.

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Remember the finished product; we all thought they turned out pretty cool.breannapeterson.com

Remember those dry erase crayons, Ella; you'd grab them at any chance & often color all over the dry erase board. As soon as I turn my back, you'd go for the pictures or walls.

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Remember that day we made cookies, Covey, you called them the Everydough Everything Cookies because we added lots of extra treats to them. They were so good. breannapeterson.com

Remember that scooter; Ry's scooter, but you're always on it Covey, you  much prefer scooting (is that a word?) to walking.breannapeterson.com

Remember those heart glasses, Ella, you loved wearing them.

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Remember our growth chart on the wall, the one you've so artistically decorated, Ella.

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'If you must look back,do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present... gratefully.' -Maya Angelou

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Remember the microscope you got for your 7th birthday, Ry; both you boys loved it. That day we found a dead fly, you both were quick to rip off his wing & stick it under the scope...eager little scientists.breannapeterson -1-4

Remember that day we walked to Holiday Beach, us five & your cousin Myla. It was so refreshing to be outside, you guys all running around & soaking up that sweet salty air. breannapeterson -1-5

Remember when our chickens started laying eggs, shortly before Christmas.  Their production increased little by little & before long, we had a dozen eggs. Ry, you're always so excited about those eggs & have told us a few times, "it's like they're giving us a gift!" breannapeterson -1-6

Remember your 7th birthday, Ry, filled with parties, friends, family, cakes, cupcakes, lots of snacks, sushi & presents, along with seven polka-dotted balloons. breannapeterson -1-7

Remember that scooter you got for your birthday, from Nanny & Papa. You were so excited- you proclaimed,  'it's just I wanted!'breannapeterson -1-8

Remember all those lollipops that littered the house, post-birthday party. Ella, you thought they surely must all be for you- & then we'd find piles of opened lollipops. It was sticky. breannapeterson -1-9

Remember that Skylander sticker book you got, Ry; you've looked at every single day for the past month. The stickers cover your desk, telling us exactly who these Skylander's are (but really, I still have no clue). breannapeterson -1

Remember that day I came home from grocery shopping with all that yogurt, all three of you dug into it quicker than I could put it away...by the time you started your third one, Covey, you'd had enough. I'm not sure how many half-eaten yogurts I consumed. breannapeterson -1-2

Remember how you always wanted to be in the bathrooms with your brothers, Ella...& then while Covey sat on the toilet, you quickly emptied the q-tips.

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Remember that unicorn I got you Ella, to spray paint for a decoration in your someday room. Instead it's been sitting in the hallway as your necklace holder, & every time you see it you shout 'Nay!!!!!!' so excitedly!

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Remember your dream catcher, Covey, you desperately wanted it; we all hoped it'd help with your bad dreams. At this point, I'd say results are 50/50. breannapeterson-1-2

Remember that day we went to the beach for lunch; Covey, you & I found 'treasures' & decided to make faces out of them. You were so excited about it, & so determined to have happy faces on them.