It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Pictures from my day

Anna and Timmy trot into the kitchen, where I am making lunch.

“Holding hands!” they declare, very pleased with their little selves. And, sure enough, they are. Is there ANYTHING cuter than toddlers holding hands? Right now, faced with the cuteness of their sturdy little departing forms, wrapped in so-cuddly fleece, joined by two dimpled hands, I just can’t think of one thing.
“Let’s play hide-and-seek! YOU count.” Malli organizes the troops, me included.

“One … two … three … ” I do my part. The children scamper away, giggling.
“Four … five … six … ” They climb onto the couch, giggling.
“Seven … eight … nine … TEN! Here I come!”

Giggle, giggle, giggle, giggle, giggle.

Four little bodies writhe on the couch. Their faces are buried in the crease where seat cushion joins back, their little bottoms are in the air. Their hands are firmly over their faces. If they can’t see me, I can’t see them!

Giggle, giggle, giggle, giggle, giggle.

Anna sits on the kitchen floor in that knee-contorting way of toddlers, bottom on the floor, knees bent at 90%, feet facing away and to the side in an angle that would have me screaming in pain and limping for a month thereafter. Anna is perfectly comfortable. She holds a cylindrical block from the large purple block bin beside her to her lips.

“Loo, loo, loo, loo!” The block is not a block. It’s an instrument of some sort. “Loo, loo, loo, loo!”

Timmy looks up from his “tower” of three blocks. Grabs one of his blocks and puts it to his lips. “Loo, loo, loo, loo.”

Anna and Timmy smile at each other. Within seconds, the other children in the room have joined the band – a wind ensemble, it seems – and there are five of them, slightly moistened blocks held to their lips, all grinning at each other as they play.

“Loo, loo, loo, loo! Loo, loo, loo, loo!”

Nigel sits on the arm of the couch. (New couch. Well, new-to-us couch, with wide, outward-curving arms. Perfect for leaning back and reading, I’ve discovered.)

“You sitting on the couch, Nigel?”

“No. I’m riding a HORSIE! Giddyap!”

Four arms on two couches soon become four horses straddled by four small, gigging, shrieking cowboys.


October 11, 2007 - Posted by | the cuteness!


  1. I’m drowning in cute!

    Funny, because I just started uploading pictures because I realized I really *should* put some Maya stuff on the web after *cough* four months of nothing.

    Comment by Allison | October 12, 2007 | Reply

  2. Okay normally I’m not jealous of you, what with the potty training and the temper tantrums, but this…

    …well, gee. Sounds just so deliciously surreal that you want to jump right in. Giddyap indeed.

    “Loo, loo, loo, loo!”

    Comment by Sheri | October 12, 2007 | Reply

  3. what a lovely day, mary. the picture of my day so far includes three pee-on-the-floor moments and two snot-flying-from-nose moments. not as picturesque as yours.

    Comment by Lara | October 12, 2007 | Reply

  4. Hi Mary – Book Mama’s mama here. (aka Snowbird) I have to say, I LOVE your blog. I worked in a day care facility for a little over 20 years – and pretty much loved every minute of it. I “retired” two years ago, but I relive my previous life every time I read your blogs. Wish I had had my blog during thsoe working years – books could have been written. “Thanks for the memories!!!”

    Comment by Snow Bird | October 12, 2007 | Reply

  5. Sometimes your job is just the BEST.

    Comment by Heath | October 12, 2007 | Reply

  6. Great moments! I love hide and seek with kids that age, so funny! We have similar moments here, my favorite being when Ian and Laurel hold hands.

    Comment by mamacita tina | October 13, 2007 | Reply

  7. so cute, I wish I had more than one toddler at the moment, he’s great but I miss interaction between them all! And baby tom misses dumpling now he is at school, its just me and tom doing puzzles, drawing thomas characters and having plastic tea parties!

    Comment by jenny uk | October 13, 2007 | Reply

  8. What fun! I especially love the hide-and-seek image–gosh I miss those days.

    Comment by McSwain | October 14, 2007 | Reply

  9. Too Cute. Came over here to show you another singing/comedic parent

    Comment by Heather | October 14, 2007 | Reply

  10. Some days are just so perfect, eh?

    Comment by b*babbler | October 15, 2007 | Reply

  11. Hi MP–sooo cute and you’re right, toddlers holding hands is the cutest (smile)!

    Comment by The New Parent | October 16, 2007 | Reply

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