Making it special.
My friend Julie has slumber parties with her daughters (by the Christmas tree, no less!) and plays flashlight tag on the ceiling with them. “How do you come up with that? What kind of book on being a cool mom did you get that I obviously never did?” She didn’t know. It just came naturally. She’s seriously awesome.
I was leaving the girls school a week or so after I read about flashlight tag at Julie’s blog and this woman in the parking lot says Hi to me. And I think to myself, do I know her? So … I asked her to tell me her name (again), and she’s all, “Oh, I’m so-&-so (I’m so mad. I forgot her name already). We live in your neighborhood. I recognize you from the pool this summer.”
“Oh NO! The pool? You recognize me from being half-naked at our neighborhood POOL??!!” My hands were covering my face … I was apologizing and she was laughing. AT me, WITH me…I’m still not sure. “I’m sorry I don’t recognize you with clothes on!” I told her. I wonder if she’ll ever talk to me again.
Well ANYway…it was her son’s birthday that day and she was telling me how they made blue pancakes for breakfast. “Blue Pancakes? How do you think of that?” She said her husband just thought to add some food color to them for fun. I’m curious if it’s a burden to be so creative?
I told her about Julie and she marveled at that a moment. We agreed a book should be written to help us all along on this journey of flashlight tag and colored pancakes. Stuff that makes the world go round for our little ones.
Tonight, the girls wanted pancakes for supper so as I added water to the mix, I thought some vanilla and cinnamon should go in there too. And Tay walked in the kitchen and said, “What is that wonderful smell? Is that … VANILLA?!”
Oh my heart! My child can detect pure vanilla extract 15 feet away! I realize of course that had nothing to do with the topic of this post, except that I did add star shaped confetti sprinkles which were pretty cool if they hadn’t already melted into the batter.
So this is no book, but I see you reading it. Please share some things that are just randomly fun that you do with your kids, or that you remember from childhood.
Free or nearly free stuff…help us all make some memories. Go!