Yesterday Noah and I had such a great day. This was a bit of a surprise to me since he didn't nap at all. Those kind of days are usually marked for disaster in every way possible; but fortunately his spirits were happy and content all the way through until bedtime . . .
After a couple of morning errands we came home just in time for lunch, the Little League World Series game (we've been following along faithfully), and some art. Noah and I had seen an art project on one of his favorite shows, Calliou. It looked easy enough and fun enough, so we planned on making it a part of our day. Boy was Noah giddy over the whole thing. And the best part, for me anyway, was just sitting with him and enjoying his company. Most days I am busy with chores or just stuff. I hear his little voice and chat back and forth with him all day long . . . But my attention is never just on him; being focused on his choice of words, his facial expressions, his content with just sitting with me and engaging in an activity. Noah is such a smart, imaginitive, and fun little boy - I feel so lucky to be able to spend these days with him. I need to remember to sit with him more, even amid the chores I have, and just enjoy him! Yesterday I did just that, and I wonder if that made all the difference in his good mood that lasted all day through.
So here's a conversation between Noah and I while we were painting . . .
Noah: Mom, when is your birthday?
Me: It's soon, but mum-mum Judy's is before mine.
Noah: Oh, for your birthday I am going to buy you a surprise! It's going to be so great. I'm going to buy you a new muffin pan because daddy says that the one you use isn't good anymore.
Me: Oh really . . . Who is the gift for again?
Noah: For you mom! But it's a surprise! I'm not telling anyone, not daddy, or Nicholas, or mum-mum or Poly. Only you get to know my surprise secret.
Me: Oh wow Noah! Thank you for telling me :0) (Of course I have a huge smile of adoration on my face for this little boy at this very moment).
Noah: Your welcome mama. I only tell you because you're the one I tell all my secrets too!
Now that . . . made my day. Noah is the best!