Thursday, June 10, 2010

Things I'm looking forward to...

I love the library. It's part of my geeky, language arts teacher genetic makeup that I absolutely feel at home and at peace in the cool quiet of the public library. I love it so much that I have many times thought of going back to school to become a media specialist and work as a public school media specialist. But that's another blog post entirely. I was visiting my favorite place a few days ago, and all around me were moms and dads with their children, looking at different books, signing up for the Summer Reading program, and generally exploring the library. It was wonderful! As I was checking out, one mom was securing library cards for each of her children. How cool! It got me thinking about the things I can't wait to do with our little guy. I don't want to rush through life just to get to these events and activities, and I know that there will be amazing milestones each day of his life that I haven't even thought of yet. But, I think one of the best things about being a parent is showing your child the world, and seeing him experience things for the first time. So, here's just a brief list of the things I can't wait to experience with our son.
-Visit the library with him on a regular basis. Attend story times, puppet shows, check out books and DVDs, and explore the world through books!
-Take him to the zoo and let him see those animals we've read about it in person!
-Take him to an aquarium. I have witnessed the awe of an aquarium through my niece's eyes, and can't wait to see my son's reaction when we get to see penguins and fish and sea turtles, oh my!
-Watch him play and conquer a playground. I'm sure I'll be a nervous wreck as his bravery and physical ability grow and he's able to (gulp) swing by himself or hang from the monkey bars, but it'll be worth it.
-Visit my Aunt Emma's house in Pennsylvania. This house has been in my family since before I was born. It's where we've had Christmases, funerals, family reunions, birthday parties, and where I spent a few weeks a year as a child. It is a magical place to me, and I can't wait to take him there.
-Take him to an annual Apple Festival in Maryland with my mom and aunts. This is a craft type fair, with all kinds of food, hay rides, animals, music and fun.
-Watch him play his first sports- whatever they may be.
-Take him to Carolina football games, especially once he's old enough to appreciate what's happening on the field.
-Take him to sit on Santa's lap.
-Make Father's Day cards for DH with him.
-Take him trick or treating!!!
-Experience Christmas Eve mass and Christmas mornings with him.
-Take him to swim lessons and watch him become more confident and able in his swimming abilities.
-Watch my husband interact with him in a million different ways, from diaper changing to soothing him when he's fussy, to feeding him solid foods, to teaching him how to hold a golf club, and so on.
That's all I can think of for now. Did I miss anything big?

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