I am home with four kids - two girls, two boys - ages 14, 6, 5 and 3 (and when I started this blog, just a little over two years ago, I had an infant, a 2yr old, 3yr old and 12yr old - feels like a lifetime ago, but it wasn't ;-). Until about four or five years ago, I worked in marketing. I have been and done many things - dancer, magazine "multi-tasker", advertising copywriter, gymnastics coach, resort town waitress, grad student, etc. Now my areas of expertise are different and diverse. I am savvy, efficient, patient and earthy (like it or not). I am a better cook, an Ok herb gardener, an impressive artist to my kids, an active and prolific photographer, a childrens' clothing stylist (in my head), a manager of all things "household" and a news enthusiast (from politics to celebrity). I am more cynical though less of a worrier / hypochondriac than I used to be. I am increasingly proud of what I do with kids, family and home, but I do still present myself as a "freelance writer".
So ... the sounds of my boys' laughter woke me again this morning.... as they played in their tangle of covers in bed and watched Arthur on PBS. They turned their fish tank on, fed the fish, had obviously been reading books to each other when I got upstairs because they were strewn about - in the covers, on the pillows, all over the floor. I had heard both of them spelling words to each other and turning on their big Transformers and "battling" with them as I got Olivia's breakfast. I knew I had to dress them and get Enzo off to school - I also knew that there was a big pile of presents on the dining room table in which Milo would be very interested, but... I let them play and talk and laugh, and.....as a result, we are a bit late today, but... I so love that they had such a good morning.
Anyway, today Milo is five!!! Sleepy-eyed and still in our pjs, we watched him tear open his gifts this morning (Olivia was already off to school, but we did just get a covert birthday text from her), all wrapped in tissue paper as colorful as he is and / or in Toy Story-themed paper, a favorite movie of his :-). Immediately, he played his guitar, used his new paints, and wanted to put in Toy Story 3. He is still talking about getting waffle fries and / or ice cream later, and he is just so excited. Happy 5, Milo - my sweet angel. You are one of the funniest, most interesting, most challenging, happy, sweet, complicated kids I've ever met. Don't change ;-).
Photo: Milo!!!! as he came out of the preschool room, in his crown, two lollies in his mouth, triumphant in his "fiveness".