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The man child

The boy cub. The almost 10 year old.

Gack.  It feels like yesterday that it was just he and I at home for that first wondrous year.  Thank goodness for video cameras and many, many pictures.  I know that those moments and that sweet little voice will be something I will want to remember always.

Now my handsome man is in grade 4 and loves school.  He's fiercely competitive (from me) but also naturally gifted at sports (from Dan) and I love watching him learn, discover and play.  He plays baseball, basketball, swims and is now really enjoying track.

Willis loves to learn, especially in Math.  He also reads a ton and I love cuddling with him at night and reading together.

He still wants cuddles and even though he's in grade 4, I'm unwilling to give this up.  I keep thinking of my friend, Lana and how her boys are at such different stages and I bet that she would love to go snuggle them again.  So every night I lay down with him to read and then we talk and cuddle for a bit and every night I hope that I'll have another with him.  He is getting so old so quickly.

A little something from Dan about our little mancub:

Something bad happened at work where a bug went into production.  Long story.  I found out while I was bringing Willis home from basketball.  

I was mad and yelling at the group that caused it.  Willis listened for a couple minutes, then taps me on the arm.  I stop and look at him.  

He looks right back at me like he's upset he has to even spell it out for me and says "Dad.  Are you going to fix it or just keep yelling."

So I cut the yelling and got down to work.

The one constant that I've noticed while raising these two is that I am always saying: I love this age.  And that was true now as much as it was when they were much younger.  They are both growing up so beautifully and yes, while they have their moments where I want to lock them in their rooms until they're 18- they are wonderful little humans and I can't wait to see what these next years hold for them.

Have a great weekend.


  1. Mes Voyages à Paris09 March, 2017 20:13

    Wow very lovely post babe!! So inspirational and emotional! Congratulations!


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  2. Living on Cloud Nine09 March, 2017 21:34

    D, they are indeed beautiful with the BEST personalities, I too would always say I LOVE this age, truly each stage is unique and I think they get even more anymore fun as they age. LOVE this!!

  3. Oh how special and I love dan's story about him!

  4. OMG, I say the same thing. I like each stage better than the last. While I am sad they are not babies anymore I am excited to see the young men they will become. Great post.

  5. OH my goodness, I say the same thing, I love this age, it's so awesome, especially right now, the kids woke up 2 hours early and they're just playing together quietly. And I am so happy to hear that snuggling happens still at age 10, every night when I"m snuggle Baby Fox, I think...does this end in a year? I hope not! You give me hope. Happy weekend my friend!

  6. You made me cry, but in a good way. You have such beautiful children, inside and out. And I love that you spend so much special, quality time with them. It makes a huge difference as they grow up. Plus, that's totally a conversation George would have had with one of our boys.

  7. He is so sweet. Love that story about him. Kids say the most funny but more real things!

  8. Oh that story. Willis the Wise. Le petit sage. ❤❤❤

  9. That story from Dan was so good. Such a wise boy and it is so sweet that his reminder was exactly what his father needed at that moment. Maybe he'll be joining the business in the next few years :).

  10. Oh my goodness I adore your son from the way you've described him. He sounds like a confident, outgoing, yet soft little person. I am definitely not ready for this stage of my girls life, I daily feel like the rug was pulled from under me but I do like that we are learning it together.

  11. :) I totally think of you every night- is that weird.

  12. Already there- but he gets paid with pizza.

  13. Ya, I would say he's all those things. Still quite sensitive and happy to snuggle. I like that you're learning together...makes is sound like teamwork.

  14. Yup, it's because it's so true!

  15. I would like to jump in your pool with your kids- they are so cute.

  16. glad to hear that from a momma with older boys!

  17. I like when he writes things down for me

  18. Mal écrit, maman. C'est je t'aime. Must be the pina coladas.

  19. Yes! Hold 'me tight!! They do grow up sooo fast! Another great Dan story!


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