Thursday, June 18, 2009

First dates aren't 1/2 as bad as I remember!

To the future Eli Henry,

Tonight you and Mommy had our first "date". Alex stayed home with Daddy, and I took you to your cousin's baseball game. You were very excited to get out of the house, you always are, so you waved bye to your brother and headed off with Mommy. We got in the car and the first thing you said was "where's Alex, where's Daddy?". I believe it hit you at this point that they were missing and we never go anywhere without them. I explained that tonight it was just you and Mama! You got to walk up to the ball field holding on to Mommy's hand and I didn't have to fear much because worst case you run off, you can only run in one direction as opposed to when you and your cohort are together and you can send Mommy in more directions than she is physically capable of.

During the game you ran up and down a hill and stood on a tree stump and off a tree stump and back on the tree stump and then back up the hill. You also got to play with a doggy which thrilled you. Colin came out of the dugout and hugged you goodbye and you giggled with excitement. You had the time of your life! Mommy had to buy milk so it was off to the grocery store but on the way you entertained with songs and large gestures that kept Mommy's eyes on the rear view mirror the entire ride.

We got to the store and you again walked in and once inside you didn't have to go in the cart you got to help push the cart or run next to it or run ahead of it. It was such freedom, such independence. You did well and didn't stray far in the almost deserted store. We got our milk and some cereal which you put in the cart all by yourself. You then put it on the belt and the cashier gave you a sticker. You giggled and thanked her. Shameless flirt!!!

The minute we got home you started asking about Alex and had to go check on him in his bed. You hugged him and you were happy to find him safe and sound. Daddy did a great job, of course.

I look forward to more times like this with you my sweet boy. I hope that as a teenager in all of your angst we will take some time-out from the struggle and spend time together just the two of us. I hope to do this with Alex too, of course. I hope that you continue to get as excited about the simple things in life like running outside and enjoying the weather. I hope that your big personality is not swayed by peer pressures and having to fit in. I hope that I will get to see all of those dimples as much in your future as I do now. I love ya, Li-Li! You were my best first date EVER (well, next to Daddy, of course;)!


Krystal said...

Awww...sounds like a blast! It's gotta be nice to enjoy the kids on their own occasionally. :)

Alicia said...

So sweet! I love having one on one time with the's so amazing to see how they've grown!

Helen McGinn said...

Aw, how lovely. I love 'Fraser Day' or 'Kelly Day' or 'Lucy Day'; they love it, get to choose the activity (now that they are older) and get to choose where to eat which is great because Lucy, my doppelganger, wants to eat noodles and spices, Kelly wants to eat cupcakes and I just have to force myself...(!) and Fraser...well, pizza of course. It's wonderful. Enjoy!
Helen xx

Barely Domestic Mama said...

Oh this is so sweet! We didn't think to have my sister do this with her twins who are now 6.

Kari said...

That is the sweetest thing! Greg and I have always talked about how we'd go on "dates" with Ella and Evan too! I think it's an important thing and they'll always remember it! =)

Stephanie said...

I love special time with each of the kids. It is always a wonderful blessing to see the miracle that we have been given.