The kids are out of school and we have nothing going on today…just four days out from Christmas. They've all been doing their own thing and I've been playing with Owen but asked the kids to play with him somehow….and this is what I got. A long time family tradition of theirs. They started this years ago when Reese was probably Owen's age. Actually, the girls played this even before they started including Reese! But they "divvy" up their stuffed animals and give them names and characteristics and play. For hours. The stuffed animal pile has certainly grown over the years and it was so fun listening to them dump these out and remember things about them. Telling stories where they came from or something that had happened with a certain one. This is something they get pretty serious about and what means the most to me is that they are doing it together…even Owen. (We'll see how long it lasts!) THey'll have memories the rest of their lives about this time together. I just hope they keep doing it so that Owen will have memories of it, too. I love seeing my kids all together and I always imagine Chase in the middle of it all. I know he would be loving it.
These are the times. Times I wish I could freeze. I listened to Owen ask his sister to sing the Jingle Jingle song to him this morning and when she did without hesitating because she totally adores her little brother, I saw a flash of the future. I saw my kids sitting down talking at a dinner and saying how they loved how cute their little brother was and how much fun he was. And I can see Owen saying "yeah, right" and not remembering what they were talking about because he was too little. They will continue to make memories I know, but they won't be like these or like the old ones. I can't make Owen remember our life before Colorado, those will be memories just for the older three. I'm afraid I'll be sad that he won't be able to recall those times like they will one day, but I know there will be many that he can from these days forward.
Such is life. It moves on. Time never stops, no matter what one hopes for or wants. I'm just thankful for these moments that I can freeze a memory in a snapshot…one that will spark conversation and recollections years down the road when they are adults. And we will all remember when….