One of the values I hope to instill in the boys is to be grateful for all the blessings in their life. There is something so rewarding about doing a good deed and knowing that the person appreciates it. I hope to teach my boys to be grateful for all the little things in life, not just the large things.
A couple of days ago, I told my friend Alexis to stop over and cheer my boys up. They had woken up a wee bit grumpy from their nap. Well in she walks with two little gifts. I wish I had taken a photo of this wrapping job. It looked like my 16-month-old boys had wrapped it themselves. Don’t worry she admits it!
The gift was cylindrical in shape, very flat, and the jagged paper was stuck together with a couple of pieces of tape. A teeny smile was visible from behind the boys’ pacifiers. They started ripping open their gifts – I swear that’s their favorite part! With the paper on the floor they held their gift in their hands – two Ziploc bags filled with some cheerios. They started devouring their snack immediately. This thoughtful gift brought so much happiness. It wasn’t grand or over the top, but someone had thought about their favorite things – something she knew would make them smile and then delivered it. These are the kinds of moments and gestures I want the boys to grow up appreciating and doing for others. It’s the little things in life that we can all do for others, and it’s the little things in life for which we need to remember to be grateful.
On a different note, I’m grateful for growth. The twins had a follow up doctors appointment to check their ears, from the ear infection they had last month. All checked out fine, they got their shots and after some tears we were on our way. Before we left though, we snapped a photo in the room, because this was the very room we were in when we went to the doctors for our one week check up. So here is a photo of the boys at one week old, and then another of wiggly twins at 16- months-old!
And Now at 16 months old….
Cameron weighs 23.9lbs (from 5lbs 9 oz)
and Mason weighs 25lbs (from 5lbs 10 oz).
I also happen to be grateful for digital photography – these twins are movers and shakers! Here are a few of the funny photos we took to finally get an “acceptable” one: