Monday, August 5, 2013

Mommy & Me

My two youngest

If you are a parent, do you have Mommy & Me days (or Daddy & Me days, as the case may be)?

For as far back as I can remember, I have done this with each of the kids. Just a day full of activities, things to do, or places to go that the kids have pre-selected and put on a list the night before (mommy approved, of course). It's simple really, and we only do it a couple of times of year to keep it special, but it's always been something the kids really enjoy.

We've continued the tradition along for my youngest, but he's the first to put a big, hearty twist in it: He wants his 'mommy and me' day to be with his sister, lolol. He wants his sister to spend time with him, color, make Lego's, etc. And the kicker...she agreed to do it!!!  I'm so genuinely touched. :)

They made their list last night, and my son is e-x-c-i-t-e-d. I guarantee he's going to be up at the crack of dawn. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to convince him that 'sister & me' days, when your sister is a sleeping-in teen, don't start until after 10. ;)

96 comments:

Suzan Sweatman said...

Don't kids just " floor " you with acts of kindness? ( when they're not annoyed with each other which is most of the time lol )
How adorable of your son - but how over the top special of his big sister to accommodate him!
XOXO

Masshole Mommy said...

Awww, how sweet. I usually take the boys out to eat separately a couple of times a year, but not a whole day. I think they'd be too jealous of each other to let the other one have me to themselves for an entire day lol.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Rosey .. that's great .. and I do hope they had a great day together doing boys' things ..

Love the photo - cheers Hilary

Judy said...

I did that too Rosey. My son is now 29 but I'm doing that for my daughter whose 8 yrs. I had my son and daughter 21 yrs apart. Your children are so cute. Have a great day :)

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

What a gorgeous picture! I did that with Elizabeth on her birthday just her &i it was so nice :)

Kristi Maloney said...

Awesome picture of the kids - love their coordinating stripes! :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

My sister does this with her children on a regular basis and they just love it so much :)

Brian Miller said...

yep matter of fact i am having one of them with my youngest today....cool pic....ha, too funny too...yep, you might as well sleep in just a bit...smiles

Janine Huldie said...

Beautiful picture of your kids and hope you have fun on your mommy and me day now!! :)

Judy Haughton-James said...

Beautiful picture of your children Rosey! It is great that they have such a good relationship despite the age difference. I am not surprised! They have a wonderful mother! Take care and have a good day Rosey.

My Journey With Candida said...

How sweet that she is willing to do that. Just goes to show that you have raised her right.

Manzanita said...

Rosey
A sweet sibling photo. I noticed their striped shirts too. You have adorable children and you have given them good values.

Such a great idea. I did something like that when my kids were little but mine was always an outing with a teaching purpose. I think the times were a bit more formal back then. I'd take the boys out to lunch.... get all dressed up for down town. Our purpose was learning manners and how to treat a lady in a restaurant. They would open the door for me, hold my chair, learn table manners and ordering food, etc.

Then I'd take the girls out too, without the boys.

It really paid off. Last week I spent a couple days at my son's house and I noticed that he really honors his wife and all women. But times have changed and with feminism, I don't even know if women still want to be honored.

couponwahm said...

Such beautiful children!

alissa apel said...

That's so great! How fun! What a great sister to agree to it. The only bad thing is that you won't be around to take pictures.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

What a sweet sister he has! Terrific photo of your beautiful children!

Chatty Crone said...

We used to do that with our kids and now we do it with Andy - keep it up - it's worth it Rosey. sandie

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

THIS one does!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Yes, I did the same thing with our kids when they were growing up, too. My sweet hubby offered to babysit on Saturdays so I could get out and away from the house and kids for the day, but I fooled him by turning Saturdays into a one-on-one opportunity with the children instead. Lots of fun. Whoever's turn it was would pick the activity for the day. We might go to the movies, go bowling, for a picnic in the park, whatever. We made a lot of beautiful memories together... one child at a time.

Lanaya | Raising Reagan said...

What a fantastic tradition with your kids. I love doing this with Reagan too {although everyday is like that -- but still}

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Pat Hatt said...

Great thing to do indeed and a nice twist gives them some bonding time, after 10 of course haha

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Do those days as well

Robin said...

That touches the heart. Kids can annoy you to the point that they are on your last nerve and then they do such SWEET things that it nearly breaks your heart. Love that.

Z @ Kicking Kilos said...

I have done that. Its really good for kids abd the parent.
Very nice pic♥

Our Neck of the Woods said...

That is just the sweetest thing! And that photo is so cute! You can tell they have such a special bond :)

Heather @ The Beating Hearth said...

What a great sissy!!! I love this!

Sandee said...

There had better be a post about this day. We all want to know how it turned out and I'm guessing it will turn out very well.

Have a terrific Monday. :)

~ Noelle said...

that is so sweet... i remember when my kid brother LOVED me.. then he aggravated me... now, I think I am the one aggravating him ... lol... but its all about love ;)

Julie Maloney said...

We just did that this past weekend but had help from my in-laws. They took my oldest to watch a football game and we got to spend quality time with my youngest while my older one felt like royalty from the way our parents treated him. It was so peaceful!

Michell Pulliam said...

Aww..that's so sweet! I love it when siblings get along so well! I remember doing that with our kids. They're 24, 22 and almost 18 now, but they still like to "hang-out" with mom and dad! I will NEVER grow tired of that! Have a wonderful week!

Michell @Prowess and Pearls

ChatterBlossom said...

This is absolutely too sweet for words. What a fantastic sibling affection!
-Jamie
ChatterBlossom

Theresa said...

I used to do this with my older daughter after we had the second. It kind of fizzled out as she got older. I really should pick it back up again!

I love that your son and daughter have a bond, and that there is no jealousy in sharing mommy time!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your kids are so sweet together. My 4 boys spent a lot of time with me so we did the Daddy and each of them afternoon outings. It was special for them and I'm so glad we did it! They grow up in a hurry! Sweet hugs!

Self Sagacity said...

Interesting. I do those days too, but I don't announce it, I just surprise my daughter and she gets a real kick to be in charge.

Suzanne Lucas said...

I love that your daughter is so considerate of her brother's wishes.

I only have one daughter, and for the past five years, it's been "Mommy and me" trips. This usually a 10-day trip somewhere in the sunny south where we explored new places and did new things together. It was the best thing I've ever done for me and my daughter.

Joyce Lansky said...

We don't do them on purpose, but they happen. Dad stays at work too late, so we might grab something or see a movie. I can't leave town at the beginning of the school year, so Dad goes with them to get them settled at college.

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Binky said...

That's a nice thing to do with your kids. And I think pretty unusual that your son wants to include his sister!

Kelly Blackwell @ Heres My Take On It said...

That sounds lovely! My son and I have had date days every month. We go out to eat together and spend time chatting about life. It has been a nice way to teach him how to tip and behave at a restaurant. I love that your son wants his sister along on his special days. That is very generous of him. :)

Ann Jones said...

My mom did the same thing growing up :) We would go out to formal teas together and I loved it! It's so sweet that your kids have such a great relationship!

coach-daddy said...

I don't know which I love more - that your son would want this day with his sister, or that his sister would be so sweet as to accommodate his wishes!

It's been a while because of soccer and all, but I used take each of my girls on a daddy/daughter date, when we'd catch a game or movie or just go to the park, one on one.

It was time to talk, with no repercussions ... that doesn't mean a lot when you're 7 or 8, but I hope the open line of communication without fear of what I'll do will stay with them as they get older and their world gets more complex.

mail4rosey said...

The big one does get annoyed w/her little brother sometimes this summer, so I was very pleasantly surprised. ;)

mail4rosey said...

I bet they love their one-on-one time. :) I bet you love it too!

mail4rosey said...

You got that right, Hilary, it was definitely all boys' things that he wanted to do, which made it funny to observe. ;)

mail4rosey said...

My oldest is 25, my youngest is 5. It's def. a fun thing doesn't get outdated. :)

mail4rosey said...

It is nice to have that one-on-one time, and the kids love it!

mail4rosey said...

That was an accident, we went to visit my oldest and his wife at Christmas & his gift to us was family pics. We went on a whim that day to the photo studio and everyone but the 2nd oldest had on navy or navy/white stripes. ;)

mail4rosey said...

It's fun to spend that time being the sole focus of the parent (or in this case, sister). Especially, I think when there's more than one child in the house. :)

Rea T said...

i've heard about this mom and me or dad and me time but i have never tried doing it to my kids..this really sounds like a fun and exciting thing to look forward to as kid!

i think The Mr. and I will try it♥

that is so neat though that your son wants to have a sister and me time...so sweet...♥

mail4rosey said...

Hope your day w/your youngest was a lot of fun. :)

mail4rosey said...

I did have fun! And they were still in the house, I was just ordered to the section of it that they weren't going to use. ;)

mail4rosey said...

You are a doll! :)

They're good kids, Judy. I'm very very very lucky and hugely, hugely blessed.

mail4rosey said...

I was surprised she agreed to do it, and she had a great time too. :)

mail4rosey said...

Susan: Me too!

Manzanita, I love it!!! My MIL would have done things like that too, and I wouldn't be a bit surprised if she had. What a fun hands-on way to get the lessons across. I think I might try it w/the youngest. He'd get a kick out of it, and learn too, I'm sure!

mail4rosey said...

Thanks for your visit! :)

mail4rosey said...

The camera was forbidden. -_-

mail4rosey said...

Thank you, Cheryl. One of my favorite things about my kids is they are all close despite various age differences. :)

mail4rosey said...

It's easy to invest time. :)

mail4rosey said...

My oldest is 25 and he still clearly and fondly remembers his childhood 'dates' w/mama-that was his thing, to go on a 'mommy/son date' to dinner and then ice cream,to finish it off afterwards (of course).

Those memories stick. In a good way. :)

mail4rosey said...

It's a fun tradition. :)

mail4rosey said...

Def. after 10, before that it's 'get out of my room!' lolol

mail4rosey said...

Easy, instant fun. What's not to love? :)

mail4rosey said...

Ditto that, I love that too (well not the getting on my nerves part, but the sweet part). :)

mail4rosey said...

I think it's good for them and us too. :)

mail4rosey said...

I had a half-brother growing up but he was never in our house (different mom). I think the sibling bond is awesome!

mail4rosey said...

She's a gem. :)

mail4rosey said...

I'm happy to report they had a great day and my son WORE my daughter OUT. hehehe

mail4rosey said...

It'll come full circle and you'll get along keenly. :)

mail4rosey said...

Sounds like an all around win-win. :)

mail4rosey said...

I still miss the grown kids being home. I love when they come to visit.

mail4rosey said...

They're lucky. I would have loved a sibling at home.

Thanks for the visit. :)

Kristie said...

I love that tradition. I want to start it with my kids, but haven't really done it yet, unless it's just by chance that it works out that way that day :-)

That's so sweet he chose his sister to have his day with and she wanted to do it too! You have great kids!! :-)

mail4rosey said...

I bet your girls would love it. :)

mail4rosey said...

Dad takes them one on one sometimes too, and because they don't get that as often, I think they like it even better. :)

mail4rosey said...

I bet it's even more fun when it's a surprise!

mail4rosey said...

Ohh ohh ohh, a ten day trip is luxurious! I bet you do both love it!!

mail4rosey said...

Sounds like you've got a good team thing going on over at your place. :)

mail4rosey said...

I was surprised, and I thought it was cool. :)

mail4rosey said...

Manzanita mentioned using the day for teaching restaurant manners too. What an awesome idea (that I'm totally going to steal at some point). :)

mail4rosey said...

How fun, and you still remember it fondly! I love that. :)

Maria said...

such lucky children! i always tell piper that i can't wait to have mommy and me days. we have little ones already and they are so much fun!!
xoxox

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mail4rosey said...

And their worlds certainly do get more complex as they get older. :)

Thanks for the visit, Coach.

mail4rosey said...

It was surprising to me, and doubly sweet. :) I hope you try it, it's a fun/comforting thing to do.

mail4rosey said...

I'm not complaining, Kristie. I feel hugely lucky and blessed every single day. :)

mail4rosey said...

They are fun even when they're teeny tiny. There's something special about one-on-one time. :)

mail4rosey said...

Thank you for the nice comment.

Katherines Corner said...

I have mommy and me days with my daughter ( age 33) and our five grandchildren. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo

mail4rosey said...

That's nice that you still get to do them when she's grown!!

Susan Cook said...

I love that picture of them. That is super cute and so nice that she agreed to do that. So sweet :)

mail4rosey said...

Thanks, Susan. They ended up having a great day together, though I'm not sure it'll happen again any time soon. Mommy & Me days (or 'sister' as the case may be) can be hard work. ;)

Kenya G. Johnson said...

LOL! My brother and I are 7 years apart. I used to hate for him to wake me up. It was all good if I didn't wake up to him driving cars across my back.

When he was born my mom and I would have mommy & me time. There was a place we used to go to called Mr. Poppers that had different flavors of popcorn and I would get to have a coke which was a treat. Later on going to movies was a thing - girl movies - that my dad and brother wouldn't be interested in.

mail4rosey said...

Sounds like you had a good mommy. :)

My daughter has been awakened by cars rolling across her back. All of us have, in fact. ;)

Angel Allen said...

This is beautiful and so are your children. Thanks for sharing with us at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.
It's great to have you party with us.

Angel @ sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com

mail4rosey said...

Thanks for your sweet comment, Angel. :)

Terra H. said...

I think spending quality time with each child you have is valuable. It's so sweet that the boy wants to still spend it with his sister.

mail4rosey said...

I agree, that one-on-one time is precious, especially if there's more than one child in the house.

Amy Hagerup said...

What a great idea. We always had a date with daddy on their birthday and now our adult kids are doing that with their kids. Sweet. blessings, Amy