Being a Mom of six kids usually means I am so busy that I miss a lot of the goings-on that I really should witness. There's always so much to do and I must confess that I don't always stop to enjoy the everyday experiences. I'd love to have the pleasure to sit and watch or play more than I do. It's clearly something that I have to work on - this slowing down.
Pneumonia really took care of that. In an unlikely way, it has actually been a bit of a gift this illness. Believe me when I say it was truly horrid to experience it. It's been taking people off the planet since the dawn of time and having felt the weight of such a serious illness now, I can see why. I don't recall any illness making me so sick ever.
I spent 2 weeks barely able to walk. I have downed 4 rounds of antibiotics. Had one of two scheduled chest X-rays, blood tests and the threat of a 5 day stint in hospital failing improvement...
Week three was where my revelation occurred. I was able to relocate to the sofa from my bed. And so began the experience of watching my life: my family of little ones.
I hadn't realised how much ball games were featuring in my home. I am frequently yelling over the noise at one child in particular - Ruben. He is constantly bouncing balls on the floorboards: Boom! Boom! Boom! He's currently a seven year old aspiring basketballer and clearly in the throes of an obsession.
It seems his passion has spread to the others. Even baby is getting into the whole ball excitement thing.
|Even baby is in on the action|
|Don't you just adore Celeste's maniacal expression!|
All photos taken on my iPhone 4s from the sofa!
What do your kids get up to in your house?
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