Thursday, January 22, 2009

My favorite thing

is tuck in time.
When Naji and Bria are here-
we really don't have a tuck in time.
We have a pillow throwing, bed jumping, 'We're not tired!'
attempt at tuck in time.
But when it's just us,
well, it's one of our most perfect moments of the day...
Unless of course, he is missing
his pillow throwing, bed jumping, 'We're not tired' pals.
He is such a blessing.
My perfect blessing!

That's the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up.
They forget. They don't remember what it's like to be 12 years old.
They patronize, they treat children as inferiors.
Well I won't do that.”
Walt Disney

A grownup is a child with layers on.
Woody Harrelson

step by step, into an anxious and unsettling world.”
Sylvia Plath

We've had bad luck with children; they've all grown up
Christopher Morley
For most of us, dreams come true only after they do not matter,
Only in childhood do we ever have the chance
of making dreams come true when they mean everything.”
Author Unknown
Do you have any special night time tuck in routines?


Grandma J said...

You post the most amazing quotes and photos. Are the kids stringing beads? What fun!

Oh yeah, and at bed time...I always have a pillow fight with myself. when the grandkids would spend the night it was popcorn and soda (or koolaid) then of course hot cocoa with lots of marshmallows.

Becky said...

What a lovely tribute to being a kid. Brings out the Peter Pan in me ;-)

Our tuck in time consist of songs and made up stories, belly rubs and lots of hugs and kisses. We do our prayers at table time after books and before teeth.

It sounds nice and organized here in writing but it is actually quite chaotic. :-p

Busy Bee Suz said...

Great post R.
I always loved bedtime when the girls were younger....baths...dessert...reading books together. Every night...the same routine.
Then they get bigger...and it changes a bit.
One thing remains constant...ONE of them NEVER wants to take a bath at night..."can't I take it in the morning?" NO.
Same scenario each night!!!

April said...

I love all the quotes, Rebeckah, and your pictures are PRICELESS! When my girls were younger, I would crawl into bed with them every night and read stories to them, or we'd take turns about. It was such a special time. I still go into Abby's room and pray, "Now I lay me down to sleep..." with her. Wonderful times, for sure! ♥

mimi said...

Loved this post!! Such great quotes. It all is so sweet.

Bedtime for us is me crawling in bed between the boys reading a story! Love it!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

LOVE all the quotes and the pictures! :) I hope you have an awesome weekend too!

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Oh to be a kid again....just for a minute! Great post!

jennykate77 said...

Tuck in time is really great isn't it. I love that time of day too. We usually read a book or two and Isaiah always has some crazy story to tell me from the day. I get lots of hugs and kisses. It's my favorite too!

I love the pics of the kiddos! Cute, as always!

Happy Friday!

Mom on the Run said...

I love your descriptionon both bedtime routines. What are the children playing with/looking at...beads? Looks interesting.

I might try ABC Weds. Thanks for suggesting.

Queenie Jeannie said...

Ahhh what a sweet post! I love all the hermit crab pictures too!!

My daughter has me sing "You Are My Sunshine" to her as I gently stroke her hair back every night. I've sung that song about 5 million times between three kids, but it still makes me sorta well-up every time!!

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Anonymous said...

i loved your description of hte non tuck in time ;0) sounds fun to me. maybe i will come to your house for bed time

RR Mama said...

Couldn't agree with you more! Children are precious. When you have them it gives you the ability to go back to your childhood and relive all of your favorite things!

Live.Love.Eat said...

I just love hearing my little guy say the prayer he has known for the past 2 years. And watching him give Daddy a hug that will last forever. Then he'll say "mom, I am all out of hugs. I'll have to get some more at the store." He kids and messes with me like that.

Liz said...

Thanks for coming over and visiting my blog. I love new blogging friends. Your little boy is so cute!! I remember those pillow fighting days.

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

I agree with Grandma J - your quotes are wonderful and I am ALWAYS uplifted when I come to your blog! :-)

One thing I started a few years ago with the kids was evening devotionals.... they take turns reading from a little "kids devotional" book ... then we discuss it (briefly), then I ask them if there is anything we need to pray about. You would be surprised the things that come out in those moments! And on nights when Mommy is too tired and tries to skip devotionals, THEY remind ME! (HOORAY!) Plus, of course, it gets them in the habit of a regular daily quiet time with the Father... which is so very important. So, yes, that is my favorite time, too. Sitting in the bed wtih my kids, having them tell me who in their class might need prayer, and then we hold hands and pray for that person. It's been a wonderful thing.

smiles4u said...

I love bed time those little things we do before bedtime...after the normal routine type stuff, we chase out any bad dreams or sad thoughts, remind them of what they have to look forward to tomorrow, fill up each others love buckets with lots of kisses and hugs and I love you's...the last thing I have to say to each of them is "I love you to the moon and back. I love you bigger then anything." I then kiss their hands so that they have a kiss to save for later if they need it and they kiss my hands so I have one for later. If I forget to do and say this, they will remind me. They usually don't make a peep after this...shut off their lights and shut their doors. I love bedtime for the peace and quiet that fills my home once I close their doors!

Karen Deborah said...

when they were little we read stories after a nice long bath, and lots of hugs and kisses. Like Becky you had me thinking of Peter Pan. I am old now, children jumping on the beds make me think of broken mattresses....

Brandi said...

Bedtime is also my favorite time! It is our time to be alone - and quiet! First we read a few books and rock - while he eats a go-gurt :) and a vitamin, then we brush his teeth, we all pray, then I rock him and we talk and sing. It is such a precious time!!

Daphine said...

Great post friend!
Girl, your pictures are so amazing! Love them all!

Each night, with our little one still...we get on our knees with her when she prays and then tuck her in bed. We've done it with both girls for years. My teenager would not hear of it now though. She's big enough and prays all her own at night now.

Have a great weekend!

jlo said...

Too sweet. We watch a show (usually Jojo's Circus), go potty, brush teeth, read a story, and "scratch and rub" backs before back. Sweet time in our lives. Thanks for reminding me to appreciate it!

drewmark19 said...

“We've had bad luck with children; they've all grown up”
Christopher Morley

I love that quote! It's the first time I've heard it, and it just made me chuckle.

Bed time routines...I don't really have any. I just enjoy the moment. The kids are winding down for the night. We have kisses and hugs, little conversations, delay tactics and sometimes tickling and silliness. I just love the ages my boys are at (4 and 2) and know they'll be grown up way too soon.

Thanks for the comments on my site! :)

stephanie garcia said...

I love these quotes, Becky! They almost make me cry!

Baby Favorite said...

I love the pictures and quotes. My favorite is that one of Walt Disney's because it's so true.

That's one thing my parents always did--made me not only feel important, but also UNDERSTOOD. They remembered what it was like to be little. I try to do the same for my children. I think there's nothing anyone wants more in life than to feel understood, you know?

M, Ms. R, Mom, Auntie M, Marey said...

Once again great photos!
When my kids were little I read to them at bedtime...and when we went camping I told stories...and now when we go camping they tell me stories!

Edwina at The Picket Fence said...

I remember those days oh so well. We usually ended the day with a book or some girl talk. I still try to carry on the same tradition with my GRANDbabies, I love to tuck them in and just have a little quite talk with them.

SKELLER said...

awwwww. precious pictures, very fun (and fitting!) quotes...

SarahHub said...

I love these quotes! I'm new to your blog - but I'm loving it!