Well, I didn't make any progress today on my decluttering ambitions. (Although I did at least get a bunch of dishes done and bought the groceries for the week.)
But today was monumental nonetheless. Today my oldest had to purchase shoes from the ...
MEN'S SHOE SECTION.
Sigh. When did my little baby boy get so big? Everyone tells you when your kids are little not to blink. But I confess, I blinked. I didn't think blinking would really make a difference, but it did!
He's supposed to be this little:
Not this big:
And did you know that although it's just one size up, men's shoes are a whole lot more expensive than boy's shoes? Great.
You know what else isn't cheap? Groceries. And guess who's eating me out of house and home? Yup. This guy:
(Yeah, the one who feels a need to eat massive amounts of food in order to be strong enough to move mountains.)
I know, I know. Buck up, Ali and get used to it! The next 18 years are going to be full of hungry, smelly, gangly boys. I figure with this one almost 11, I have about 7 years left with him at home. And about 9 left with his brother. And 13 left with the next one and then 18 with the one who's still cooking. Add in some girl hormones for my daughter and we're in for a crazy cocktail of teenage bliss.
But ... yesterday we weren't there yet. So I just need a moment to breathe deeply, remember the little kid years and gather my strength for what's to come. I do look forward to the new stages in my kids' lives, but I sure am nostalgic about the completed stages. They're good kids. Which is what makes it hard for this mom to let them grow and fly.