Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Mums, Pumpkins, and Little Smiles

Kevin’s grandma sent us an e-mail last week and mentioned that they had decorated their porch with mums and pumpkins. After hearing about this, I was inspired to do a little fall decorating myself. Even in California, where we only have two seasons – sunshine and rain, it’s still possible to relish the best of each traditional season by bringing out some festive décor.

So, yesterday I went to WalMart to buy some mums and pumpkins too. (The pumpkins should be okay but I’m not sure about the mums, considering my history of killing plants.) While I wheeled the cart up and down the aisles at WalMart, Meredith kept staring and me and breaking into smiles. This, of course, made it dreadfully difficult to concentrate on my errands. I kept stopping my cart to lean my face close to her, smile back, and talk to her. Then she would smile bigger. I know I’m her mom and, of course, I always think she’s cute … but this was especially cute.

Stay-at-home-moms talk about one of the “downsides” being the fact that no one appreciates you. Yesterday I never felt more appreciated and loved in all my life.

Speaking of “happy” babies, last Saturday was a milestone for Meredith ‘cuz she laughed for the first time when Kevin accidentally dropped a toy. He then proceeded to drop it over and over again, which caused her to repeatedly laugh each time it fell to the floor. It’s great to know your kid has a sense of humor. This is strictly necessary if she’s going to live under the same roof as me.


Amber said...

I've gotten into decorating for the fall season too, my mother-in-law got me into it. I got some stuffed pumpkins and silk flowers and a little scarecrow and some candle holders in the shape of leaves, they're really pretty and "fall"ish in brown, green and orange, and you light tealight candles in them. I just got a new scent, ginger apple. I also found that paper napkins and plates in leaves and fall colors are really pretty and festive, especially for entertaining. I got them at Hallmark. -Amber :)

Ben, Kyri & Rachelle said...

Isn't that smile amazing? Ben likes to snuggle in bed with me in the morning and puts both his arm around my neck. It does make me feel loved and appreciated. And helps me deal with toddler tantrums with more perspective. -rlr

TulipGirl said...

I read the title about "Mums and Pumpkins" being a reference to mamas and babies. *grin*