A Mother’s Day bouquet

Isaac asks, “Can I have the last of the soup?”

I look at Dean. “Can he have it? He’s a growing boy.”

Mabel says, “Mom, we’re all growing boys!” Then as we all laugh, she says, “Um, wait, er, we’re all growing children.”

Rose shows me a picture she drew, of her and me as flowers in a garden.

I say, “Yeah, when Henry filled out that thing about me, I don’t know where he got the idea that I like to garden, but I guess it’s true because my children are my garden.”

Mabel says, “Too bad your garden is all weeds.”

Isaac says, “I’m one of those weeds that are really slimy and grow really densely.”

I say, “You’re not a weed.”

“Or I’m a creeper that winds up the posts.”

“No, you’re a sunflower. Get it? Because you’re really tall and you’re really bright and you’re my son? And, let’s see . . . Mabel could be a really colorful camellia with lots of petals. And Hazel could be a little white flower, like edelweiss. But . . . I just can’t think what flower Rose would be.”

(The kids all groaned at my lame joke.)

A few posts back I mentioned that Henry had gotten a tiny Lego Buzz Lightyear wing stuck in a toy car that would have to be unscrewed and taken apart, and that I had set it aside for later. He just got the part out all by himself. He says he went and found the tool he needed in Dean’s toolbox. And then he put the car back together. He’s four. I’m impressed. (It also teaches me to procrastinate more often.)

This morning when I wouldn’t flat-iron Mabel’s hair for her until she went and found a hairbrush she had misplaced, she said, “I wish it wasn’t Mother’s Day!” (But she’s been very sweet and kind to me the rest of the day.)

The Primary music leader told me that she had told the kids to raise their hands if their mother was smart, and they had all raised their hands, but Rose shouted, “My mom’s the smartest of all!”

(And Rose is the smartest daughter.)

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12 Responses to A Mother’s Day bouquet

  1. Kayli says:

    What a fantastic picture!! Everyone’s smiles are perfect!

  2. the MomB says:

    Oh! What a beautiful picture! Who took it?
    Rose is correct. Happy Mother’s Day! I love you!

    • zstitches says:

      We used the self-timer on the tripod. And there’s a whole story to it:

      When we got home from church, Henry asked “Are we taking any pictures?” because we don’t let him change out of his church clothes if we are. (Some time ago I got the idea from cousin Laura to take photos of the kids after church every Sunday, but I only remember about once every couple of months, but that’s still more photo-taking than before we borrowed the idea.) I actually hadn’t thought of taking photos today, but I looked at how coordinated we all looked, and noticed the sky was overcast which would make for good lighting, so I said, “Yes! We’re taking pictures.” And then I spent some time coaxing Hazel’s binky away from her (I swapped her a piece of candy, and she was game until she realized she wasn’t getting the binky back when she finished the candy) while Dean threw together some lunch for the kids. And then Dean didn’t want to wait to eat lunch and asked me, “Can we just skip the pictures?” and I said, “NO!” We took two sets of three photos and this was the last of the six.

  3. Stephen says:

    I still love the matching ties. And there’s even a certain ensemble to the ladies. It’s a wonderful photo.

  4. Trina says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to one of the greatest mothers I know!

  5. Jason says:

    Like. Like. Like. Like. Like…

  6. Lili says:

    What Jason said.

  7. Alex says:

    (Besides, weeds don’t self-efface, they efface everything else.)

    I also managed to wrangle my kids into some photos today (I’d promise to post them somewhere, but I know better). Tia was more into sewing for Nem.

  8. Mrs. Organic says:

    Love this picture, I do. I love happy accidents like coincidentally coordinating outfits for seven people.

  9. Lili says:

    Whew! I’m so glad the Rebecca Black banner is gone! ;-P

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