we spent the weekend in the woods.
we sipped hot cocoa, roasted giant marshmallows over the fire, devoured homemade focaccia bread, played cards, and hung out. it was the perfect place for some r and r. the two little boys loved bouncing around together and exploring the cabin. i couldn't help but notice how long and lean benji looked next to his baby cousin, miles. i couldn't help but reminisce and think of all he has learned in his two short years. i loved watching them together. they are the best of pals (despite the serious glare he is giving him in this snapshot)! they got along swimmingly, as they say.
i kept thinking to myself that someday when they're eleven and twelve and setting up a game of monopoly, i'll tell them about this adventure. i'll tell them how i watched their friendship begin. i'm guessing they will still have dirt on their jeans and will still play outside barefoot. this weekend miles kept wanting to wrestle and benji would lean down–like a big person–to get on his cousin's level. it was pretty cute. miles is walking now, with those steady chubby legs, his hands straight in the air and his happy toothy grin across his face. benji is energetically doing tumbling tricks and saying hi, hi, hi to anyone within earshot.
i sometimes miss benji's babyhood but i am loving everything he is right now. he is so cheerful and helpful and fun and bright. he does things with intention and is trying hard to be a good boy and follow directions. he scoots a step stool around, stands on it and tries to bake with me. he opens the spice drawer, grabs a jar and shakes the contents into a bowl just like i do. his little toddler ways are irresistible. (they definitely make up for the tiny tantrums in the parking lot at the playground. i wouldn't want to leave if i were you either.) the newness of watching him grow is amazing, everytime we go to the park he conquers something new. every day he learns a new word. every day an unknown adventure. motherhood is anything but boring.
i must say this to you new mamas, do not blink. what they say is true, they sprout up right before your eyes. i am lucky in love. i feel ever so blessed to play such a big part in my little boy's world.