One Last Walk

I don’t often toot my own horn, but I must say that I really do have well-behaved, polite, caring, truly amazing children. I absolutely do not take full credit. You know- ‘it takes a village’. When I was still living up north, I had the most stupendous support system. Also, once Caleab came into our lives three and a half years ago, he immediately was a positive role model, parent, and companion to them. They have been in awesome schools, and now more than ever, they are involved in a beautiful, encouraging community. Mix it all up in a big pot of love and the result is my brilliant, handsome young men.

I could imagine that getting a baby sister while being a bit older than the traditional age gap between siblings might be a fun novelty at first, but perhaps quickly wear off. Not in this house. Ziven and Calum are still just as taken by her as day one. They love playing with her. They get extremely exciting with every little accomplishment she makes. They love helping her, and helping us by watching her when we need to wash a few dishes or use the toilet. They are so incredibly in love with her that I fully believe that if there was any hardship on their part of leaving us for the summer, that it would not have much to do with Caleab and I, but rather not wanting to leave Rudy Mae.

The Sunday evening before they left, Calum stayed the night at a friend’s house, so Caleab, Ziven, Rudy Mae and I went for a walk, at first out in front of our house, and then we went up to town to walk around a bit. Ziven really enjoyed this special time he got with her, not having to compete with Calum to help hold her hand or pick her up to cross the street. It was very bittersweet.

They were so happy to be out walking together.

What a smile!

Ziven was laughing because she was crying and freaking out because she wanted to keep walking but I just wanted a quick picture. This is as good as we got and I just gave up. Let the girl walk!

She would be happy just to walk around all day long. See ya!

Caleab and Rudy are the sweetest father/daughter pair :)

Walking around Yellow Springs, we stopped for a little rest on this little stone wall.

This was between formal ‘smile!’ photographs. The candidness really captures how much he loves her.

She was being very silly; look at that little gremlin face! She was cracking Ziven up.

I’ll try to not cry

Last August, my oldest two children’s dad, his wife and their baby moved to Minnesota. Seeing as they cannot get the boys every other weekend anymore, we have an informal agreement that we will try to get the boys to them certain holidays and a good chunk of the summer. On Thursday, I drove the boys to Toledo to meet up with their grandparents so that they could complete the drive to Minnesota. It was very hard on me. Even the days before I dropped them off, every time I thought about having to do it, my eyes would fill up. I’m especially worried for Rudy Mae. She is with her big brothers every day and loves them so incredibly much, it just hurts my stomach when I think about her being so sad and confused without them. I digress. My point is that the days building up to Thursday, we were busy making sure that they had everything they needed for their two month trip. On our last full day together, Ziven, Calum, Rudy Mae and I headed out to Target to pick up a few last things. We made it incredibly fun, making sure to get the best out of our last moments before we would not see each other for quite some time.

You can just see how much she adores him.

Calum was feeding her some snacks and taking pictures of her. She was loving every minute of it! Any brother-time is a good time!

They love each other like mad.

Rudy was helping Ziven get his shoes off so he could try on some sandals.

There was an overwhelming amount of sandals/flip-flops, etc, to choose from. I think it gave the boys a headache.

Rudy Mae wanted to walk walk walk forever and I had to help the boys, so after walking a few sections of the store over to get it (somewhat) out of her system, I carried her back to the cart and gave her my purse to try to occupy her.

This was probably the 37th pair he looked at.

And the winner is…

What felt like hours later…

They also got new hoodies. They both looked incredibly handsome in their pick, but one of them seemed to know it ;)

So now they’re gone, and I feel it necessary to point that out, lest you think that I favor my daughter judging by the next two months posts being filled with only her.