12 October 2010

two little tykes



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.

11 comments:

Melissa said...

So true!

anna jo said...

I loved watching these two together. I can't wait to see them grow up as best cousin friends. we had so much fun over the weekend. we should go to the woods more often.

post script: I hope that when they are eleven and twelve that they will still have dirt on their jeans and still play outside barefoot. everyone should be doing these things. it makes me happy every time I see little miles so content to play in the dirt with his favorite toys, stick + rock.

Travelin'Oma said...

This is THE CUTEST! I'm so glad they're friends!

Amy said...

It's so good that these boys have each other! With all the girl cousins that swarm them at every chance, they need each other for support.

Diane said...

Your children grow too fast, and grandchildren even faster. Don't blink is right!

Eliza said...

Thank you for posting a picture of your sweet one with little Miles, they are so stinking cute together.

And while you are at it, will you give my sister a big old kick next time you see her and tell her to post more pictures of Miles on her blog. There is an aunt here in Georgia who misses that sweet Miles like crazy!

megan... said...

I sent you an email a little while before I had my boy and you sent the sweetest reply with advice. It was all so true. He is magical to me, and I love the words you use to describe your little man, because I'm so in love with my bebe boy too!

Panda said...

Awe i cant wait to be a mother so i can experiance all this.

lucinda said...

he is so stinkin cute!

chace is going to be 8 months tomorrow. the time flys!!!

xoxo

Katie H said...

Thanks for the positivity & "do not blink" advice as I worry about becoming a new mom. :) I always look to you (& your mama) to uplift & inspire. Thanks, Marta.

Jen said...

Great post Marta, I'm a new momma (she's 9 weeks!). Thank you for the advise "do not blink". I've been so overwhelmed until this week that it's a great reminder to take in every moment. You're writing is so beautiful, you capture the sweetness of life and inspire others to look for it too. I've been reading your blog since October 2007 and, wow, you have made my life so much richer. Thank you.

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