Mikaela got new reading glasses today. Isn't she cute? She was so excited about it. She says, "I like my reading glasses." She has learned how to read in Spanish and is figuring out how to read in English, too. I can't believe she is going to be done with Kindergarten in less than 3 weeks. Today when she went into her class with her new glasses, I tried to follow her so I could talk to her teacher about them. But she stopped me and said she could do it. So, against my motherly instincts, I let her. And she did just fine, but it was one of those moments when I could feel my heart stretching. They grow up and grow more independent everyday and most days I don't notice it, but sometimes I am so aware of it that it almost hurts. It was that way her first day of Kindergarten and I'm sure it will be that way on the last day, too, and so many days yet to come. It's good, to be sure, but I can't help but wishing at times that it wouldn't happen so fast.
And here is Toby who today, just moments before this picture was taken, brought this Cup o' Mud INTO the kitchen because he wanted to add more water to it... from the water dispenser in the door of my fridge. Thankfully I was closeby so I was able to stop him before he got the fridge all muddy. Not long ago (when he did something similarly 3 year-old-ish) I told him to tell me "Mommy, some day when I'm all grown up you'll wish I was still little." It was good to be reminded to appreciate the muddy fingerprints and other messes while they last because they won't be around forever.