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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Mackenzie's Field Trip....



I got to on Mackenzie's 1st field trip of the school year, this is something that I very rarely get the chance to do. I don't get personal days in Daycare, I like to use my vacation time for actual vacations, so when doctors appointments come up or field trips I try to find a sitter which is usually one of my sisters, or sometimes John will arrange his schedule for me at work so I can attend and no one else has to find another sitter. Yesterday was one of those days, Katie who switched her own works hours to help me stayed at my house with a few kids so that I could go to Lewis Farms with Mackenzie. Those of you who really know Kenzie just know that she suffers from middle child syndrome. She's not quite big enough to do what her big brother sometimes does, but she is not the baby of the family either, this results in many arguments between her and I and basically she tells me that I don't spend as much time with her as she would like. Yes I am often reminded this on a daily basis, so yesterday morning was her day. We had a great time, she had to hold my hand almost the whole time, she loved having my full attention and it felt nice just spending time with her. Another Mom made me feel so good, she had said that last year in class she had helped Mackenzie with a lesson on writing about what she wanted to be when she was a grown up, "I remember this and I believe I saved this because it touched me so" She wrote that when she grew up she wanted to be a "MOM" just like her mom. The other Mom said she was the only one in the class who had written such a thing, most wanted to teachers, doctors, not Mackenzie she wanted to be a "MOM" like hers. I remember reading it at the time and thinking "we need to establish a bit more expectations in life" but this other Mom was like "you must be one amazing mom"
Can you really ever get a better compliment than that?? I'd say that I have a pretty amazing daughter and I am the lucky one... So special thanks to Katie for always being there to watch a few kids so I don't miss being a Mom sometimes, and to Steph who will be helping me out next week when I go with Hailey to the Farmers Market. Without your help I would not be able to do these things, I appreciate it more than you'll ever know...

6 comments:

jennie said...

We must have just missed you yesterday! When we got there, there were tons of kids outside, and you guys must have been with them!
I can think of no better complement than being told you must me an amazing mother. Hold that one with you for the bad times:)

Jodi said...

very touching.

Kristin said...

That other mother is correct, you are an amazing mom!!!!
Isn't it nice just being a mom to one at a time? I love to have my one on one time, not that it happens very often. I can not imagine having other kids (day care) to deal with too. You do an excellent job juggling it all!
Good luck with that "middle kid" syndrome! I guess I am lucky to have my three the way I did...we have big kids and a baby!!

Anonymous said...

Kudos to Katie and Steph from one the daycare mom's! We appreciate having you guys there in Shelly's absence so we don't have to struggle finding another sitter. And what a WONDERFUL compliment from your daughter!! You are an AMAZING mom, sister, daughter, aunt, friend etc. You bend over backwards to help people and never expect anything in return. I'm grateful to call you my friend - probably as grateful as Kenzie is to call you "mom".
Love ya~
Lea

Theresa said...

A comment like that from another mom is the best...you DO need to hear that from time to time...whether you are having a good day or bad...it aways makes you feel better...

As far as the field trips goes...I have the same problem, but I have 3 of 4 that I don't feel I spend enough 'one on one' with! and field trips DO help with that. I have 3 in Oct, 2 for Sam(K) one for Tony(2nd) and I can only take Ben to one of them!!! The hardest part for me is finding someone to watch Ben!!!(or finding someone I don't mind leaving him with!)

Life in the Fast Lane said...

That is great that you got to spend a wonderful day with Kenzie. It does get hard to fit in that one on one time, but when you are able to it makes it all the more better. That other mom was so right you are an amazing mother Shelly.
<3 L