Steph dropped a bomb on me yesterday...she said it was the last day that Kolby would ever have as a non-school attending little girl. So they played in the yard, coloring on the inside of the box that the new 85 gallon hot water heater came in. Steph put off some LakeHaus work and spent that last day of Kolby's summer enjoying each other.
That is the great thing about owning your own business...you set the hours...if you need to play with your kids in the middle of the day you do it, and then you work when they go to bed.
Soon enough they will be gone...we never miss an opportunity to just "be" with our kids. Even when we work sometimes they are involved. I will never take one thing for granted as far as time spent with my family...nor will I ever put any self imposed "deadline" in front of them. I think about how my dad STILL makes time for me if I need some time with him, and he is always there. Steph and I will always be that kind of parent and someday grandparent.
Sometimes those little moments create some of the biggest memories, like last night...(NOTICE THIS SECTION INCLUDES BRAGGING)...So last night I walked in the door to put the finishing touches to the hot water heater that was installed earlier in the day and Kolby asked me to help her "read" this book. She had Brecken's reading book from school on the table and she had it open to a story. I think it went like this:
The rat had a bat.
The rat had a hat.
That is not your hat....and on and on like that.
So I sat down to humor her 3 year old reading desire. She said she was having trouble with the first word "the". I told her it was a sight word and you couldn't sound it out...and once she got that down, she sounded out and read the entire section.
She is barely 3.5 and basically reading at a 1st grade level...I was astounded. That 10 minutes spent with her will be remembered for a long time....and so will this picture.