Thursday, May 9, 2013

Girls' Night

On Wednesday evenings, the J-bird and James have "boys' night" at home - concentrated time for the J-bird to spend with his Daddy. They build something with LEGO blocks, or they play a video game for an hour. Miss V and I bust out of the house and go to a local coffee shop for GIRLS' night. I get the best drip coffee in town, and she gets a little tea cup that contains about a quarter cup of tepid hot chocolate and about half a cup of whipped cream with a little pink and white wafer cookie on the side. Sometimes other friends meet us there, and sometimes it's just the two of us. The coffee shop has a play area in the back, so Miss V rummages through the toy dinosaurs and trucks when she gets bored with my company, but we have a nice time together. I get one-on-one time with the J-bird as well during the week, and vice-versa for James and Miss V, and I think it's really important to do that. Obviously, we spend tons of time as a family, but the kids are so different when it's just them, and doing something special, even something as small as getting a cup of hot chocolate, makes those little eyes light up. Details about their day start to spill out, and their thoughts that might normally get lost in the tumble start to find words. I love it.

By the way, that bruise you see under her right-most sparkly eye is the SECOND ONE she has given herself in the SAME spot in under three weeks. Time to break out the cotton wool and start winding her in it. If only she'd hold still.

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