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Hugs, etc.

We spent most of our afternoon outside today. I don’t always bring my camera out, but as I watched the last photo unfold, I ran in to grab it. I am glad I did, because I love all these photos. The light was beautiful! And so are my kids. 😉

Reed can hold back his feelings a bit, especially towards me and Lena, I think. As animated as he is, he doesn’t always let on that he loves us. I had been taking photos of Lena, and I said “hey, Reed, run over here and give Lena a hug!” I don’t think he would have hugged her if I hadn’t asked, but his love for her is so genuine.

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He’s 5.

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R walked into this one.

R and I talk a lot about giving G personal space. R just kind of runs by Gus and gives him a quick hug all the time. Gus doesn’t always like this. R went in for a hug.

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This time, Gus pulled back and shouted at R. R said, “he doesn’t want a hug, so I’ll give him a back rub instead.

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That was fun and fine by Gus.

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R hugged everyone tonight, after my initial suggestion that he hug Lena. I am not sure anyone else enjoyed it quite as much as L did, though.

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I love this girl.

Reed is such an entertainer and story teller. Even as a parent, I struggle to get a word in sometimes. But, I reminded myself a couple of times today that it matters so much to him that I listen… when he talks, it is my time to build him up and make him feel loved, important and heard. The more I genuinely listen, the stronger our relationship grows and the more he’ll keep talking as he gets older, right?

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For him, I feel like that is his most-needed gift– for someone to hear him. I do think listening to all kids is important, but it is #1 for him. (And no, I don’t normally have my camera out photographing it, but I have a feeling in 10 or 20 years, I will be glad I did it once!)

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He climbed up here to talk to me. I asked him to smile for a photo and he said “you have got to show that one to Papa!”

Lest you think our afternoon was perfect,
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We had some freak-outs, too.

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And the cuddles that come after freak-outs.

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And overall, it was a pretty great afternoon.

The Highlights

I need to write a real post, but I am just not feeling up for it lately. So how about I share some of my favorite photos instead? Sorry this post is so photo-heavy… and these are just the highlights. These photos go from newest to oldest.

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A seashell she found on one of our walks. Yes, we do live in Kansas. Did you know Kansas used to be an ocean? That is actually true, but I don’t think this shell has anything to do with that.

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Mr. Little Red Riding Hood, from one of our walks.

 

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The cuteness of this hair about did me in one morning.

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Climbing a tree. He was being a 3-toed sloth. He told me that I could try it, too. I told him I didn’t think I could, so he told me maybe when I’m older. He’s holding out hope that my upcoming birthday will be the start of my tree-climbing skills.

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My mom came to visit for a week. We all enjoyed her company, but she and Lena definitely have a special relationship.

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Jamming on a “guitar”.

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One of his newest loves, a rocking horse.

I think these photos speak volumes about Reed and Lena. They had just found some hair clips in a geocache.

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Fresh Air

I have not been so wonderful about taking my dogs and kids out on walks lately. But, the other morning I convinced myself of all of the reasons why it was a good idea– fresh air and sunshine, time spent, energy burned and we went. We dropped Reed off at school and we were off.

It was a rough morning. Worn down.

But, outside, it was a beautiful morning.

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I just needed quiet. To think. To be. And, I did not need to tell her. She was content to just be, too.

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He was quiet and happily restrained, too. Amazing. Feet up and ready to roll.

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Then they got in a head swinging contest.

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Love them.