Thursday, October 1, 2009

Conversations with My Sister

The picture above doesn't really have anything to do with this post, but she's just really cute. This is a Saturday night, after a bath, playing dress-up with her sisters. Both the earring stickers and dress were worn to church the next day, after she slept in both of them. I did manage to get a shirt on underneath the dress. There is just no time for arguing about clothes on a Sunday morning - whenever she gets dressed we go through every dress in her closet at least once, sometimes three times or more before a choice is made. In fact, that may be our new Sunday strategy - letting her sleep in the dress she is going to wear the next day.
About 2 weeks ago, I was talking to my sister about school etc... for her kids. Her oldest started early morning seminary this year. She gets up and eats breakfast with her every day - sometime in the 5 o'clock hour. So they can have one on one time together. She said "I'll bet I'm one of the only mom's who does this." and not to brag about it, but to say, "Why?" I told her it's because she is a good mom. Below is a picture of the sunrise Maggie took one day last week. She gets up at 6:30 and enjoys some alone time - alone. Because I sleep until about 6:55 and then get up and make her lunch and give her a kiss and send her out the door. And I don't have to go to work all day. I need to change this, because one day I'm going to want a do-over for these years.

Then, on Sunday night, I was on the phone with my sister again. She was cleaning up after Sunday dinner. (We had just eaten also, we are two hours ahead of her. It's our thing - eating dinner as close to bed time as possible) She made cheesy potatoes at the request of her oldest and was throwing the leftovers away. She doesn't keep leftovers. Why? Because she's smart - her kids don't eat them and neither does she. I have day's and day's worth of leftovers in my fridge. I eat them almost every day for lunch, and still they go bad and need to be thrown out. This is one of the reasons I miss C - (I know it's super romantic) he eats the food I make, he likes more than 5 things, and sometimes he helps eat the leftovers. Below is a picture of my fridge - 3 of those containers will pass the 7 day guideline and be thrown out this weekend. I even have left over Macaroni and Cheese - who's going back to that? Certainly not me, and I'm assuming none of the girls since I've offered it as an after-school snack and not had any takers. P.S. The salad in the deli container is the salmon bow-tie salad from Cost-Co - a mistake as most deli salads are.

So, to sum it up, my sister is smarter than me and a better mom. I feel like that about my siblings - I wish I were like them in more ways. I'm glad they still like me anyway.


MiriamR said...

You make me giggle. Yes She is a GREAT mom and so are you! You are both great examples to us all. I am so jealous she is in London!! So glad she gets a fun vacation for herself too.

sharron said...

You are a great Mother! We all love you and think you are the best! You are definitely funny and paint a very clear picture of parts of life that I have experienced too. I always love seeing the darling girls and reading your news. xoMom

Sarah said...

She is a good mother, and so are you. Really, I look up to you both! Lol, that's funny about the comment you left on my blog -- I am thinking the exact same thing. I look around and wonder how the world can be so populated if everyone has to go through a pregnancy like this. Then I'm also amazed that people have more than one... cause at the moment, I never want to do this again :)

MiriamR said...

This is Daniel. How often do you talk to your sister? Is it really necessary to say "I was on the phone with my sister again" isn't that just assumed. Couldn't you just say "during one of my five conversations with my sisters a day we discussed how we were going to pay for our enormous phone bills." Or something similar

JRG said...

I am very flattered - but did you know there are children starving in Africa and I am just throwing my leftovers away????

Daniel is just jealous because Andrew and Geoff don't call him that much!