Posted on July 17, 2010. Filed under: Mommy Moments, The Parenting Thing |

I was talking with a fellow Mom at work the other day.  She was a little blue because her kiddos, now in their teens, were visiting family for a few weeks.  Her advice, as she looked at the pics of ChickenFried and Punk – “cherish every minute because they grow up so fast.  I know you know that, but I really mean it.”

Ok – here it goes.

I’m cherishing ChickenFried’s creativity.  He made “Lego Elementary” school out of a snapfish box for his lego figures.  Then he used more snapfish boxes and schwans boxes to make more schools.  I cherish every scrap of cut-out cardboard and tape laying all over the house.  I cherish that Punk thought it was such a great idea that she had to make her own…..own school and own mess.

I’m also cherishing ChickenFried’s curiosity.  On our trip to Barnes and Noble…

sidebar –  “Mommy, what’s “sandnoble?”


 “You know – the store  ‘sandnoble.” 

“oh – it’s Barns and Noble.  Noble is probably some guys last name.  What do you think Barnes means?” 

“Um – barns …. like on a farm…..duh.”

Now that I’ve been schooled, back to the story – he picked out a science set with a microscope.  I cherish that he was so excited to use it that he ripped the box open.  Please understand that we have told him not to rip boxes open in case we need to return it.  And guess what, said microscope doesn’t work.

I cherish Punks incessant need to talk.  All ….. the ….. time.  And her need to be with me.  All …… the ……..  time.  Shower time –
“Mommy, can I take a shower with you?”  “Why?”  “Because I love you sooooo much.”  I cherish her half-eaten peanut butter sandwich sitting on the ottoman from lunch.  I cherish that when grabbing some quick groceries she reminded me we needed peanut butter.

I cherish ChickenFried’s need to prove me wrong.  He picked out Frosted Mini Wheats at the store.  I told him he had to eat them even if he didn’t like them.  After patching the micrscope box back together with BigD he proceded to eat the Mini Wheats – straight out of the box – on the couch.  The remains could feed a mouse family for a month.

Yes – I do really cherish my kids.  And I do really understand that time will go oh so quickly.  I would just like to cherish less messes along the way.


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I cherish you Cris – don’t grow up toooo fast.:-)

So you are telling me I have more messes to look forward to? YIKES!!

Way to cherish each & every not so great momentl. Parents need a really good sense of humor

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