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The Boys...Catching UP

Catching up with the boys..It's now November and my little love bugs are just so busy...I have to make a date with Liam to catch up with him...He is approaching his 6 birthday soon.  I don't know who told him it was o.k. for him to turn six.  I've been telling him for years that it is not alright for him to keep getting bigger.  In spite of my words and big hugs, he refuses to stay small.  So now he goes to school each day on the big yellow bus...loving each moment that he is gone.  He is happy, healthy and friendly according to his teachers.  He working on his letters and his writing.  His days are busy.  Then on the weekends, he's up early for his soccer game in the morning and his football game in the afternoon.  Birthday parties and play dates fill out the rest of his week.  He takes his sports quite seriously and really likes to win.  If that doesn't happen, he moves on easily enough, usually with the promise of an ice cream from the ice cream truck. Then there is Tuesday. Nana/Papa day as the boys refer to it.  We still have our adventures but they are more low key now.  Snack time first, and a few minutes to relax until he builds up his energy to go outside and play with his friend across the street...He runs in and out now, checking to be sure we are close by but trying so hard to let go and become a bit more independent.  I'm liking that it is getting darker sooner now, the boys will have  to come in for tea and cookies before heading home with Mom in the late afternoon.  Even though we only have about an hour of quiet time, we still enjoy having them here and we welcome the noise, shoes, and jackets that fill the house in our short time together..  I'm holding on to Liam as tight as I can.  He is still my best do I know this, well, he tells me.  it's music to my ears...

Jaxson, Jaxson, Jaxson, he is doing such a great job of filling his big brothers sneakers. On Tuesdays we have him for the entire day.  He comes bounding in early, tossing his shoes and jacket, letting them land wherever they may and he's off with a million questions about everything. He's always so happy to be here and he loves his time alone with us.  I suspect though, that he misses Liam quite a bit.  He runs to greet Liam every afternoon when the bus drops him off, always wanting to know how his day went.  Jaxson  goes to nursery school three days a week so we won him for the Tuesday slot. It is such a nice time for us to have Jaxson to ourselves for these next few years...It's really special and we try to make him know how happy we are just to have him for ourselves...each week we plan an adventure geared just for him.  First though, he has to go to his swimming lessons.  Last year it was not his favorite activity but this year he loves it and has become a bit competitive.  He's such a small guy, looking so impressive as he stands on the edge of the diving board to take his turn on jumping the end of each lesson, he gets a treat out of the vending machine...a favorite part of his day...and if you ask him how he did at swim...he responds with a resounding, "I did great"...yes, every week.  We do go off somewhere for lunch or to Barnes and Noble but my favorite part of Tuesdays with Jaxson is nap time...yes, when he's here we still do nap time.  Not so much for him but for me...for the snuggles and stories, his and mine. For the kisses and squeezes...I know I'm holding on to them perhaps a bit longer than necessary but I can't let go just yet...soon...but not yet. I love rubbing his hair and smelling him..I love scratching his back as he arches it for many things still to capture that remind me of his babyishness...that is quickly leaving.   He knows he's a big boy now, he will tell you that.  Soon, very soon, it will all be true...

Last week I was able to get them to come with me to my favorite flower garden..Long Hill.  The sun was bright, the colors vibrant and the breeze warm.  They ran, looked for frogs in the ponds and climbed all the walls.  The laughed out loud as they caught each other...and made fun of me as I was going glow...if the camera came up, Jaxson would stop and say "cheese"...Liam is over that.  It was one of those days that reminded me, in the moment, of how grateful I was for these boys.  For the fact that they live so close by. For the warm fuzzy feeling that only a beautiful fall day brings...for the gift of breath and laughter and legs to run on...So, although I know where this road is headed, I will still live each day with the boys like it will never end.  Nothing wrong with living with a bit of denial every once in awhile. After all, I'm just a kid at heart also...

In another way...this is also my thank you to all of you...who have come on this journey with me.  You have watched the boys grow, and support my time on this blog with them..Your friendship and attention to them and me has been wonderful...keep stopping by, because there will always be more to this has no ending as far as I know....👀  I've got my eye on them and on all of you...


There are moments that cry out to be fulfilled.

Like, telling someone you love them.

Or giving your money away, all of it.

Your heart is beating, isn't it

Your not in chains are you.,.

There is nothing more pathetic than caution

when headlong might save a life

even, possibly, your own.. Mary Olive..Felicity






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Reader Comments (11)

Nice you live in the moments and enjoy every one of them. Cannot believe the lil sprout is almost 6. Where has it gone? Good to hear you are out there with the on those legs. Although a bit slow, you're out there. Through you, I feel like I've been on adventures with you and know the kids. :)

November 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Wow, this is pure heartwarming love written and it makes me feel like I'm right there in the house with you, seeing each and every moment happen...the hugs and kisses you give the boys, the little trips to special places, and the quiet tea and cookie times. It's like Christmas morning every day at your house when the boys are there. Always love coming here to read about the happenings and thoughts. xx

November 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly

Storybook pleasant! A great way to start my day....sounds like Jaxson is going to be a scientist and Liam a sports star :) Wish I had a nana like you, is it too late, can you be my nana? Well since Chris gave it away, I don't mind calling you Hop Along Cassidy you'll be dancing with the stars soon. Have the best day! Hugs

November 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterH.S

Thank you Chris for your nice to see you here and to take you on our little trip...I took them to Long Hill about 3 weeks ago...when it was just starting to get some color...before you know it, we'll be looking at snow...

November 7, 2015 | Registered CommenterCheryl Crotty

Dear Beverly, sometimes it does feel like Christmas morning here when the boys come..we go from quiet to bubbling noise in about 60 does calm down later in the day...with only Jaxson now in the morning, things are a bit quieter. I miss the noise...LOL

November 7, 2015 | Registered CommenterCheryl Crotty

Dear H.S. so nice to see you here...the boys have missed you and so have I. I take them to your stream when you come over so they can see the horses...they like your hat best though....can you believe how big they are. Yes, some days I feel like your Nana and other days I feel a bit like your mom but mostly I just love being your H.S.

November 7, 2015 | Registered CommenterCheryl Crotty

Wow, Liam is working on "his letters and writing" . . . Praise the Lord!
I thought they had abolished that fine art from the curriculums!
Well, you KNOW how much I sink my heart into these heartwarming stories. I just pretend I am snuggling with my little Cora . . . *sigh* . . . so it's nice to live these precious moments through you and your grandsons. I can just feel the LOVE and know these boys will hold you and Jim in their hearts forever.
My dearest grandmother pops into my mind every single day of my life. Even when I step out of the shower and grab my towel, it reminds me of the scent of her
linen closet. So just imagine the senses that are being stimulated with Liam and Jaxson!
Blessings, hugs, kisses and snuggles to all! xox A xox
ps....Didn't realize you had your knee surgery. I'm praying for a speedier recovery with NO more pain. You are such a brave woman.

November 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAntoinette

Sweet, so sweet! How lucky you are to be so close and to share all those special moments. Your story gave me a huge smile! Have a great weekend, Cheryl.

November 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKarin

This post just brought tears of joy to my eyes. I remember being so absorbed in every moment of my son's lives, and even today as they are both grown, I am grateful for the joy they bring into my life. Your grandsons are adorable and I love learning about their lives - and the way you and your husband interact with them is a model for love in action. Praying for a good outcome with your knee and that you'll soon be out and about (as I listen to my own knee grind and creak and snap, I fear I may not be far behind you on the knee surgery). And, Cheryl, thank you for always sharing your wisdom and your heart in this place!

November 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Your grandsons are so adorable and every time I see them, I start wishing for a couple of my own...I'm going to have to give my sons a nudge :) Just kidding, but I really do enjoy seeing and reading about the wonderful bond between you all. Enjoy every minute!

November 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

These boys are your compass! We know them through you.

December 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterH.S

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