I had a moment this evening. It was a "I have turned a major corner" moment.
George was off at a work dinner. The girls plus all of the four legged creatures piled up in the bed. How did we ever live without a king size bed which can hold the two dogs, two cats with enough space in between for the least amount of skirmishes. We ate dinner in the bedroom, yes, bedroom watching some of our favorite shows. We love Modern Family, The Middle and throw in a smidge of "Where are They Now Oprah." Mallory was very excited to "fix" my hair which was a ponytail with a ponytail. The only fallout was one broken fine china dinner plate and a pile of dirty towels on the floor that had just been washed yesterday.
But the residual fallout just doesn't matter.
These days are going by quickly. Cue misty eyes.
One is in Middle School, for gosh sakes.
Then we had a clean up period and Mallory volunteered to wash the dishes. And then...Riley pushed her aside to show her how to do it.
Smelling salts please.
Then it was time for bed. But I turned Pandora back on and cued Bon Jovi. It was a sign when "It's My Life" came on. My favorite Bon Jovi song. It was 8:15 and usually they are in the bed time by 8pm and I wanted them to stay up a little later and dance with me.
This is not normal behavior for me at all. All of the really long days of being a stay at home mom (especially before big school or during the summer) popped in my head. I would never keep them up past their bedtime. I needed my "me" time so badly. But not tonight. We danced a little. Well Mallory and I did, Riley, the rule follower, was protesting because it was her bedtime.
But, we stayed up a little later and I am recognizing that this girls will not be in my household forever. I am so blessed.
And I have to start being nicer to George because I will be all alone with him (and the animals) in a few short years!