As a stay at home mom of preschool-age kids, I feel like my days, nearly all day and nearly every day, are "no" days. No, no, no, no, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD NO! No, you can't have puffy marshmallows for breakfast. No, you can't go on an airplane right now. No, you can't ride back in the "doggy part" of the Suburban. No, I will not take you to the candy store RIGHT NOW. No, you can't touch the dog's butt (WHY?) No. NO!
Sometimes, I just want to be the yes lady. Yes, yes, yes, by all means, YES! Today was a "yes" day. Just me, my girls, and my Vivi's whims. Yes, you can eat your breakfast on the couch. Yes, we can paint our toenails. Yes, you can watch a second Olivia. Yes, you may water the plants all by yourself. Yes, by all means, load up a few books and your snack cup and your stuffed piggy and your favorite baby and put them all in your baby stroller and yes, let's go on a walk. Yes, I'll wait while you run upstairs and change. Yes, darling girl, that is a PERFECT fancy dress for a walk around the neighborhood. Yes, I'll put your crown (headband) on. And on our walk, we stopped and smelled flowers. We turned when she wanted to turn. We ended up at the fishy pond and we looked at fish until she was good and ready to be done. Yes, Vivi, I love you so much, too. Yes.
And yes, Mabes, you're a total doll. Always.