There was a time, not so long ago, when a day like this would not have been possible. Those days were filled with beautiful little boys running around the house, needing constant attention, diaper changing, food making, danger averting, and just general entertaining.
This morning I slept until almost 9 am, woke to my kids watching a re-run of Will and Grace together on the couch. I made them eggs and toast, but I didn't HAVE to. I just wanted to. Now they are doing their own thing and I'm here blogging. In an hour we will be headed out the door to drop D off at Pony baseball tryouts and then swinging by Serra to drop P off at baseball practice. Hubby is helping to run the Pony tryouts so he is busy all day. Once I drop P off, it will be to the mall for me. I'll have about 2 hours to meander, drink a latte, get some new threads, or not depending on what I find. No strollers to push, no mandatory visits to the Disney store, no potty emergencies.
Then it will be time to pick P up. Back to the house we'll go. Hang out for a bit and then at 4 it will be time for hubby and I to go to a little cocktail party after which we'll head down to Santa Clara University to watch the Serra varsity basketball team play for the CCS championships (this would be their 3rd in a row).
So you can see how different life is when you older children vs. younger children. It's not that I didn't totally enjoy those days when I would be awake at 6 am with two little boys climbing all over the bed and asking Mommy to make some Cheerios and put Raffi on the TV. I miss those times. I cherished those times. But I cherish these as well. It's just different. Instead of warm snugly kisses early in the morning, I now get IMs from the kids while I'm at work and they are home doing homework. I got one yesterday from P that said "hi mom i luv u."
Life is good.