I got home from work yesterday, and immediately I could tell there was a lot of energy in the air. The girls were beaming. “We have a surprise!!!”
They were running and jumping and giggling and conspiring. I had no idea what to expect, but it was obviously something BIG.
Their eyes alight with joy, they could not wait to lead me to the office. I found a CLEAN WORK TABLE. Wow. Seriously. That is a big accomplishment…one that usually takes pulling some teeth to get done.
Hubby told me, “It was B’s idea.” She beamed even bigger.
“And it was my idea to clean upstairs!” Baby A added.
While I got supper ready, the girls were still buzzing about. “Don’t look at the table!!!” they cautioned me. They set the table completely, and then they exhibited the most amazing manners throughout the meal. All the while, they were still beaming, and whispering to each other off and on. They were SO excited, and SO proud.
After supper, I told the girls I wanted to make them a special dessert to celebrate what an amazing job they’d done. They were excited, but then they looked to each other. After more whispering, A said, “Can we have about five minutes?” (She said this in the most grown-up way, too...one that made me chuckle and wish I'd somehow recorded her seriousness.)
While the girls cooked up more surprises, I sauteed some apples, which we had over ice cream. YUM!
And then it was time for the Grand Tour.
The five minutes they’d asked for went to dusting. Yes. Seriously. It wasn’t great dusting…they used a tissue to wipe the window sills (HA!!!)…but the effort – and the PRIDE – was there.
They proudly showed me how they’d straightened their books in the den, and then they led Hubby and me upstairs.
Although their playroom was in decent shape to begin with, they’d straightened it up…and even organized their toy bins. (THAT is BIG!!!)
They had everything ready in the bathroom for our night-night routine. And the last stop was their bedroom, where they’d pulled down their beds AND laid out their pajamas.
This was a wonderful surprise, of course, made 1,000 times more wonderful by the girls’ pride and joy in what they’d done.
Let’s hope this is the start of a wonderful trend! (A mama can hope, right??!!!)