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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

My Me Time (a list by Karsen)

Today, after I got home from school I was running around the house, doing my usually chores, hustling here and there, striking things from my mental to-do list....trying to squeeze in one more thing before I ran to pick the kids up from school. You know the drill.

I began tidying the coffee table in the family room, which for whatever reason is a total magnet for chaos (and subsequently is a source of anxiety for me) everyday of my life on most days.

I picked up one of Karsen's stocking stuffer gifts from Christmas, a little hot pink Jonas Brothers notebook. I noticed that she had written in it, so I glance at the first page and this is what I see.... in her very own, super sweet, barely 8 year old hand-writing.

My Me List
A list by Karsen
aka KGK

1. Yoga
2.  Nap
3. Book
4.  Beach ball
5.  Clean room
6.  Play with DS
7.  Charge DS
8.  Mabey go swimming

I could not help but smile as I read her super-carefully, handwritten words. Instantly, I missed her like crazy. It has been an adjustment to get back into our normal school routines, and I have honestly missed them during the day. Secondly, Yoga? lol and I was wondering where in the world she was mabey going swimming when we have not had daily temps above freezing here in NC for well over a week. Lastly, I had a moment where I just wanted to cry because I thought my heart would surely bust wide open.

 Karsen, 4

I love our little girl so much. What a perfectly, simple and precious list. I was tempted to tear it out and keep it forever, but I left it in her journal. I closed it, and put it back where it was. Hoping and praying that it is moments like this I will remember and keep snapshots of in my heart and head...because our kids are really growing up so fast. In a blink of an eye, she is 8, and making lists (like she has surely seen me do), and likes the Jonas Brothers, and is.....

Karsen, 7

Then I realized the reason why I started blogging in the first place. And I knew I just had to come and re-write her list here. Consider this memory captured and forever preserved.


Foursons said...

I love that she put in there to charge her DS after she plays with it. That's quite a girl you have there. I'm so glad you wrote it here for you to have it always.

Together We Save said...

That is so sweet and wonderful... I miss my girls a little more now.

Lisa said...

Aww! I wanna cry! My "baby girl" turned 11 two weeks ago, and I'm NOT dealing with it well! She's stuck between MP3 players and Barbie dolls! too precious, your Karsen is! love her name, how did you pick it?

Deciduous Heather