Children become engrossed in their most creative, independent, cooperative play just as one wants to put them down for naps, or take them to bed.
At the moment, it is well past their usual nap time but because they are dressed in fancy dresses (Emma in my circa 1991 glittery homecoming number) wearing white washcloths on their heads as caps, drinking tea, and talking about things that are "splendid", they’re getting some extra time.
Children are their most irresistible in the middle of the night, when they come to your bedside all doe-eyed, drowsy and whispery-voiced asking to snuggle.
Mary has been showing up at my bedside quite regularly the past few nights asking to sleep in between me and Dan. She kicks like an angry cow, throws arms and elbows around and has a mean pair of what is known in our family as "thermal thighs", but darn, she’s too cute to turn down. At least for now.
The best thrift stores are in sleepy little towns where the ladies sit behind the counter watching soaps, and bounce your baby on their knees and feed her bright orange peanut butter crackers while you shop.
It was fill your bag for five dollars. I didn’t fill mine all the way so they only charged me four. But I brought home this tattered quilt top. Think there’s some pillows in their somewhere? Or maybe a little kitchen window curtain? And the ladies held Elizabeth until her 26 pounds of chubs became too heavy for their frail laps and fragile arms and she slipped down their legs onto the floor to happily dig in the hanger box.
Kittens are cute.
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Wrestling kittens are even cuter.
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19 comments on “truths I believe to be universal”
it’s official, jane wants to live on a farm so she can have kittens and milk a cow. and you have the best thrift store ever.
I love how the momma cat doesn’t want any part of the wrestling 🙂
All of those things about kids are so true! Its nice to hear someone put it into words… 🙂 What cute little kitties!
I love the books you guys read. They bring back alot of memories. I am reminded of good books to get for my little guy.
wow, what a find! and babysitting to boot!
hey sparkles, that must’ve been some homecoming.
love those kittens
“thermal thighs” – too funny. i think i’m married to the thermal man. that quilt top is awesome! can’t wait to see what it becomes.
oh, so, so cute. how fun! it reminds me of being a kid… i grew up on a hobby farm and we saw lots of kittens.
I can relate to the first one! it is 8.44pm here and my 4 year old is still pottering around in her room quietly. She is my little owl.
I am too selfish with my sleep, so I can’t give in to the midnight snuggle requests.
that quilt top is gorgeous.
For some reason we are craving kittens!
I love hearing the girl’s voices! Such excitement!
Oh my gosh, those kittens are so cute! One of my cats, Cassie, looked just like the orange one that’s closest to the camera when she was a baby!
I really loved this post. Great visuals.
I have to agree with your universal truths : ) I often have little visitors in the middle of the night,too, and they are quite the acrobats as well LOL
Love the kitten videos, I love baby animals, my 2 year old Ava made me play them twice : )
Love the prints in that quilt top! I never find anything good like that in the thrift shops here in our metro area. I will be looking forward to seeing it in its new incarnation.
ok, this is more CUTE than i can POSSIBLY handle.
I love those kinds of thrift stores and your other universal truths – still laughing about the “kicks like an angry cow” as I have one of those myself.
“Kicks like an angry cow” – I love that!! That fits our little girl too. She’s been coming to our bed for the past few nights and it gets rough. Like you said – How can we say no?