You Watch Them Grow!

Riley spent the day with me today. It's been a really long time since just her and I have had a day together!  Riley was cold this morning and she knows I always give her the "special" blanket to warm up in. My mom made Katie this afghan when she was a baby. I haven't been able to let it go yet, so Riley uses it all the time when she comes over to my house. 

We like to hang out in my bedroom. It's just comfortable and we spent the day doing nothing, but just talking and laughing. It is great to hear about life through the eyes of a five year old. Today Riley was into coloring and drawing pictures. It is amazing how much she has already learned since she started kindergarten.

She's a "lefty" like me, her Gramma! It makes me proud since not one of my three kids are left handed. And I understand the challenges that being left handed can present. Seriously, there are many! So Riley and I share the experience, the good and bad stuff about being left handed even if she doesn't quite understand.

She loves the beach and ocean and fish. And I love the smile on her little face as she proudly displays her jellyfish that she drew. The picture is now hanging in my office right by my computer. It makes me smile.

Riley's smile melts my heart in every possible way. I love her sense of humor now. Five year olds can be pretty funny actually. She convinced me to let her watch "Shake It Up" on the Disney channel but immediately told me that Mommy and Daddy don't let her watch it. But could she PLEASE watch it! So, I off course I let her watch it. I mean it was the Disney channel. And Katie if you read this you can't say anything to Riley because I promised I wouldn't tell!!

Oh, how I don't want Riley, or Morgan, or Bodhi to get any older. I wish I could freeze time, right now! But life goes on, and by summer I will have grandbaby number four joining my family. As I look at Riley in the above pictures, there is a song I love by Zach Gill that I love. He only made on album, although he is still a part of Jack Johnson's band. Here's the words to his song. . .

"You Watch Them Grow"

She's close to God, I'm sure of that
She sits him down, and they have a chat
She asks for sunshine, and he agrees
You see, for her, He'd do anything

She is a monkey, and I'm her tree
And now she's climbing all over me
Swinging on my vines dancing on my limbs
Her monkey sounds sound like an angel's hymns

You watch them grow, then you let them go
You watch them grow, then you let them go

She is an angel, she is an imp
She's got my big toe, and her mothers lips
She gives fishy kisses, and great big bear hugs
42 pounds of pure love
Then one day she'll be 17, feelin' too big for her home
Seems she was just only 3, oh how children they grow

You watch them grow, then you let them go
You watch them grow, then you let them go

Then one day she'll be 33, maybe with a child of her own
Seems she was just 17, oh how our children they grow
He'll ask for sunshine, and she'll agree
You see for him, she'd do anything
He is her child, the center of her world
She is the mother. . .my little girl

You watch them grow, then you let 'em go
You watch them grow, then you let 'em go

For some reason, I don't think I'll ever let Riley,  Morgan, or Bodhi go, ever!


marcela cavaglieri said...

How nice is to read about your grand babies, Sue. They will make the New Year (and all the ones to come) very special for you. Thank you so much for your words today and always!!

Vintage Market Place said...

so so sweet!
What a great time for you.
I remember hanging with my grandma and we would sit in her bedroom while I watched her sew. Sadly my grandma passed when I was just a tad over 5
But the memories I still carry are the best.
I am certain these moments will be in rileys mind forever!
and Yes Lefties ROCK
I am the only one in my family and had high hopes for B but he changed his mind and went right handed on me :(
Take care

The Boston Lady said...

What a great jelly fish that is! Riley's smile makes me happy too. Best wishes for the new year, Sue. My son is a lefty sometimes and a righty other times. Ann

Pent-Up Photos said...

Riley gets more and more beautiful every day! She is going to be absolutely gorgeous! I hope that she will always be Gramma's girl!