I knew this summer would be hard on the kids. I have tried to make it as fun as possible but I am not the one they expect when it comes to summer time. See for the last four years every summer their big sissy loaded up her car and came home. (The importance in that being three of my kiddos aren’t even four yet so it’s been like this their whole life) For three full months they had her all to themselves and they loved it.
I knew last summer would be her last full summer with us, but I didn’t tell the kids nor did I want to think about it much. So when she was here last summer worrying about not finding a summer job, her dad and I told her not to worry just relax and enjoy her summer. Truth be told I didn’t want to share her with a summer job anyway, I knew our carefree summer days were limited. She would graduate this past May.
After her graduation she and her boyfriend took a vacation and then headed towards D.C., the area she will now call home. I was excited when she called last week and asked if she could make a quick trip down to see us before getting completely settled into her new life up there.
She takes her “job” as Big Sis very serious. She calls, FaceTimes, and checks in on the kids several times each week. Wild man will tell you “Sissy is my most favoritest thing ever” She spends one on one time with them when she’s here and try’s her best to make sure to do something with them as a group. This visit was no exception. A few months ago when the Cars 3 trailer started playing she was talking to the boys and they asked if she would go with them to see it. She said she would love to go. She was no more in our front door when the boys asked if she was ready to go see the movie. They never forget a sissy promise. After quickly freshening up from the seven hour car ride she help me load the excited little ones into the van and off we went. It was wonderful. It was the first movie experience with all five little loves so I was thankful to have the theater to ourselves, but to my surprise the kids did great. There were laughs, giggles, some tears (Sis and I cry at all movies) and of course popcorn. The kids had a ball.
Next up we headed to the zoo. It was drizzling the rain so the zoo was pretty empty. I don’t mind going out with the kids in the rain. The rain normally keeps people in so we have don’t have to deal with the judgements stares that come from others when you have a child with autism or when they are judging you for having some many little ones. They can just be kids. Besides a little rain never hurt anyone anyways. I think the animals like that we ventured out as well. Many came up and playfully interacted with the kids.
What could be better than the zoo with sissy? How about seeing dinosaurs with sissy.
On Friday we loaded up the van and headed out in search of dinosaurs. We were in luck when we stumbled across a dinosaur park not to far from us. The boys loved seeing the big T-Rex and the longnecks. Elmo made sure we knew all the names of the dinosaurs as we followed the trails. The kids dug for fossils and we took pictures of every dinosaur I knew and then some. Another fun filled day had by all.
On Saturday morning Sis and I took Wild man to pick up McDonald’s. He always has to take a ride in her jeep. She said her goodbyes to the boys, dad, and baby girl before we headed out to watch diva at her dance recital. The recital date and time had changed from its original schedule making it possible for Sis to keep her promise to diva to see her preform. Diva wanted Big Sis to do her hair so she did. We were both excited to see her perform. She was able to dance in two numbers for her very first recital and she did a fabulous job .
This summer will be different for all of us, but I am so thankful that I have a daughter to loves being a big sissy to all the little ones. I know things will be different, there suppose to be different. But I know in my heart she will always be their big sissy. No amount of miles will change that. She may be all grown up and on her own now but she will always be my girl. So thankful she took a few days to come down and spend with them. They loved having her here. The time may have been short but oh the wonderful memories that were made. Thank you Sie, thanks for everything