So, my wild, exuberant, talkative son went on a "special" trip by himself to visit my parents. (i needed some uninterrupted time to work, lots on my plate as of late)
This left Skylar and I to spend some time together alone. I didn't realize until I was in the midst of it, that that hasn't happened in a long while and I felt ashamed. We had a great time. All we did was go to Target and Staples on our way back from dropping Jaden off and the atmosphere was mutual subtle excitement. We just talked and casually walked around. I feel I owe her an apology for not making this happen more often and that I didn't realize it needed to happen. I think I have failed her. Moving on.

Sean has been reading to her the Chronicles of Narnia for the past few months. She loves this time at night. Sean found his old set he had as a child. I stole this picture, but his is a little more yellow and weathered.

Well, through Netflix we queued up the first movie in the series, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. So Sean, Skylar and I sat down to watch it last night. This was a magical moment for me to see Skylar SO excited as the movie progressed. Quotes such as, "oh wow, Mr. Tumnus looks just like I imagined him" - "They forgot a line that was said in the book" - "Oh I know what's coming next" and of course lots of spoilers for me since I haven't read the book. She talked to herself through the entire movie.
Sean and I just kept looking at each other and smiling. She was so engrossed and the first thing she said to me this morning was "Narnia is AWESOME".
I love the imagination and characters she knows now, all that comes when you read a good book. A whole other world opens up and it was beyond description for me to watch that in her.
She is so special.

Mr Tumnus
The Witch
Aslan, The Lion
Peter, Susan, Lucy & Ed


  1. sounds like it was a good night to just stay at home and chill. you are never a failure, joy, never.

  2. those books will always hold great memories for me... so glad skylar loves 'em!

  3. Great parents are those who open the world of books to their children. And NOTHING can be added to Ginine's last comment! Ditto Ditto Ditto.

  4. So good for you to have alone time with Skylar. She will have such great memories of those times.

    One of my favorite things to do as a child was read books....and it was one of my favorite things to do with my own kids. Read on !

  5. sounds fun! it is such a special time when you can spend time with just one child...but don't beat yourself up, it's not easy.

    love you, jana

  6. kristin espinosa8/29/2010 6:58 PM

    Joy, this made me smile... and cry... and smile. What precious memories and you have not failed her. I find it doubtful that you ever could. You are an amazing woman, friend and mother. Both of your kiddos are very very blessed to call you theirs.