Sunday, June 22, 2008

M4M substitute

Sunday was a perfect day.



Sun was shining. Gloriously warm.



Spent the afternoon at my parent's house for dinner after doing some chores around the house in the morning. After dinner at my parent's house we all came back to my house as I solicited their help in pulling a few bushes.



The kids were abnormally civil to one another all day. They played hide and seek together in the yard. They played soccer together. They played with Rosie outside chasing her around the yard. The boys played with Thing 3 on the computer helping her earn money on her webkinz account.....oh yes they did....



Late afternoon the house was quiet. Not a sound.



I was on my couch reading my latest People magazine in total silence.



Where did the kids disappear to?



No TVs were on.



No bickering was heard.



I wandered around the house to see what they were getting into and here is what I found....



Thing 3 on the computer playing Webkinz....

trying to earn enough money to buy her little dog a bathtub...





Thing 2 was downstairs watching something on the tube....



And here was Thing 1.....laying outside on the lounge chair on the patio reading his latest James Patterson book....he looks so relaxed and peaceful doesn't he?




Earlier in the day at my mom's house....after dinner....my parents and my brother and I were sitting around the table chatting and I glanced outside and found all 3 of my kids sitting beside each other on a swing. The boys were each reading their James Patterson books (for those not in the know James Patterson also writes a fabulous teen series) it would have been a perfect picture moment but of course I didn't have my camera with me....and I was kicking myself.


My kids LOVE to read....and I LOVE that my kids LOVE to read!

15 comments:

Kristin H. said...

Oh Tammy! That is a great post! Don't you just love those days? I know that feeling, too. When you realize all of a sudden that it is entirely too quiet in the house and you KNOW that something is amiss. How great that you happened upon such serenity with your children!

Happy2bme said...

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Quiet is nice but sometimes scary. Usually means trouble but fortunately for you it wasn't this time.

James Patterson is an excellent author. That's great that your kids love to read. Austin is just starting to learn. He's anxious to read a whole book by himself.

Have a good week!!

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Kori said...

We don't do TV, so mine have learned to love reading in slef-defense. nothing better than sitting on the couch with all four of the kids reading.

Kate @ Life As I Live It said...

What a great day you had! That's a nice start to Dan being gone for the week, huh? I love that Justin chose to grab a book - that's what I'd do too! Good for him.

Kelly said...

Quiet at my house means no good!!!! I have to make Allyson sit down and read, it's a chore, it has to be forced, that is why she is going to a reading program at school this summer. Oh well!!

Dana said...

that is so great your kids love to read!! reading at an early age is so important!

Marni Tiani Self said...

That is awesome. I LOVED this post. LOVE the pics and story. Awesome.

Tracey said...

I LOVE THESE DAYS!

Domestic Accident said...

That is an amazing gift you've given your children. I hope, hope, hope my kids love to read too.

Brooke said...

Sounds wonderful! I may have to try the Patterson books out for my oldest son, maybe that will encourage him to read!

Kellan said...

My kids are readers too - it is a blessing, for sure!!

Have a good Tuesday- see you soon - Kellan

Bahama Mama said...

We have a reader too. And a Webkinz freak :-)

OHmommy said...

Awww..... ok. I just offically added you to me reader.

So stinking cute!

Colleen said...

How did I miss this post?

At first I thought you were describing the perfect dream day...something that didn't actually exist...how awesome when they all get along or entertain themselves! Such simple pleasures. Thanks for showing me there's light at the end of my tunnel! :O)

Oh, and I have an award for you on my blog!

R.L.Scovens said...

My son just recieved a trophy for reading at the end of the school year, but guess what? He hates reading!