Monday, September 20, 2010

Simple pleasures

Before I was a parent, there were a lot of things I swore I'd never let my kids do. One of those things was eat junk food. I vowed that they wouldn't have sweets until they were at least 2, and even then it would only be special occasions. And chocolate, well they wouldn't have that until they were much older.

As anyone with children knows, reality has a way of changing all those plans you have before your kids are born. And one of my first rules to be broken was the "no sweets" one. When Annaleigh was sick, Joe and I spent many of her last few hours thinking of all the things our beautiful baby girl would never get to experience. Trips to the ocean, rides on the ferris wheel, her first day of school, her first kiss, the taste of chocolate. When Annaleigh left this world, Joe and I both sort of vowed to ourselves that we would never let Charlie and Lily miss out on anything. Life is way too short to wait to for things, and way too short not to enjoy each and every second you can! So now, a few times a week, Charlie and Lily get treats - a Dunkin Donuts munchkin, a few spoonfuls of ice cream, or, tonight, their first (pumpkin) chocolate cookie.

Just look at these faces. Some rules are totally made to be broken :)


happy_wife said...

I love it!! Sweets are yummy and should be enjoyed....just like life!

I vowed to never be "that parent who has a child throw a tantrum in the middle of the grocery store and just keep on goin". Yeah, I failed that miserably today. What can I say? We needed milk.


Anonymous said...

I love how neat and tiddy Lily's chair is, while Charlie is wearing his cookie!

Colleen said...

LOL Charlie looks a little happier than Lily - proof that chocolate on your face makes you happy :)

Anonymous said...

I agree!!

It is so easy to say what you will NEVER let your kid do.....until you have your own. I've broken just about every single "rule" I set in place for myself.