~ playing games with the girls at night; Uno, Jungle Speed, Wig Out, 1313 Dead End Drive and our new favorite The Game of Life.
~ snuggling with Anna in the morning.
~ telling the girls to stop fighting.
~ hearing about Abigail’s day at school.
~ playing Cafe with Anna…I would cook dinner and she would belly up to the bar with her babies and pretend she was at a Cafe.
~ Anna asking for a bednight snack.
~ Abigail asking questions about whether 6th grade was a good time to have a boyfriend.
~ laying in Anna’s bed while she brushed her teeth and danced around her room.
~ kissing Abigail goodnight and having her grab and pull me into bed with her.
~ Anna so intently watching Tom shave.
~ telling the girls I don’t have enough energy to play lava monster at 7:30 pm and having Abigail give me a hard time. (I’m not a night person)
~ giving Abigail a hard time at 7:30 am when she was grumpy and didn’t want to dance around with me. (She’s not a morning person)
~ that we understood this about one another but still gave each other a hard time anyway.
~ how my girls made me want to be the best parent I could be.
~ having kids play hide and go seek in our house. Many times trying to find Abigail because she knew all the good hiding spots.
~ having Ozilline knock at the door around 5:30 to ask for a play date and then hearing Taylor Swift blasting from upstairs 5 minutes after her arrival.
~ the girls asking to go get ice cream, over and over and over again.
~ Anna holding my hand.
~ Abigail asking if her hair looked stupid or was sticking up on the sides. It always looked fabulous.
~ dropping Abigail off at school and rolling down the window just as she was 5ft from the car and Anna and I screaming, “I love you Abigail.”
~ the look she gave us when we did that.
~ new artful creations emerging from the studio.
~ hearing Abigail and Tom talking in her bedroom.
~ monkey bars in the morning before school.
~ relentless request for sleep overs with friends.
~ the excitement that filled the house when Emily and Ben were coming for the weekend.
~ seeing Anna at recess and having her kiss and hug me a hundred times.
~ watching Anna ride Tiva.
~ having Abigail show me all her new Tap moves.
~ hanging out at the dance studio watching Anna in her tap class.
~ the smile she gave me when her eyes met and she knew I was watching.
~ listening to Anna care and nurture Baby Mary every single day!
~ hearing the loud music coming from Abigail’s room, even when the door was shut.
~ picking Anna up from her dad and listening to stories about her weekend away.
~ watching Tom dance with my girls.
~ elaborate dance productions in the family room staring my girls.
~ looking through the American Girl Doll catalog with Anna while snuggling up in the big red chair.
~ the excitement of finding Joey Francisco, our elf, each morning in December.
~ thinking about their future.
~ Anna giving me the “I Love You” sign as she drove away with her dad for their weekend together.
~ watching Anna lift Sampson’s back-end up so he could stand up.
~ sitting at the table and eating dinner as a family.
~ asking Anna to stay in her seat while eating dinner as a family.
~ talking/fighting with Abigail to do her reading.
~ being amazed that even when Abigail loved her book she would only read for exactly 30 min.
~ listening to the excitement in Anna’s voice because she was finally learning how to read.
~ listening to Abigail’s plans for her future.
~ listening to Anna’s plans for the future.
~ planning birthday parties with lots of surprises.
~ hugging Abigail and having her squeeze me really tight.
~ hearing Anna shout from the shower, “Mama where are you?”
~ hearing “Mama.”
~ planning family adventures.
~ finding our journal under my pillow and reading Abigail’s latest entry.
~ writing an entry back and telling her how proud I am of her.
~ talking about and then writing down 3 things that made Anna happy each day before she went to bed. Looking at her drawings of those 3 things the next morning.
~ watching Wonder Kratts and Curious George before school with Anna.
~ movie nights snuggled on the couch.
~ asking the girls to pick up their shoes.
~ paying out allowance.
~ listening to the girls plan for their allowance.
~ watching Anna continuously move throughout the house every single night.
~ Abigail’s sweet singing voice.
~ Anna singing “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” by Taylor Swift at the top of her lungs.
~ finding love notes on my night stand.
~ my girls, I REALLY miss my girls.
This list can go on and on.