Friday, February 1, 2008

My Sweet Little Star

It is busy around our house at bedtime.

There is much screaming from the Mommy of the house.

"Get up here!"

"Didn't I ask you to get in the shower?"

"I ran your bath - go get in it ... for heaven's sake!"

Last night - Alexis meandered into my bathroom, where I had run her a bath in my whirlpool tub - that is now officially "her" bathtub, by the way, as she is the only one that ever uses the thing. I hear her splashing around.

Suddenly, I hear a strange noise and I stop what I am doing to listen.

I conclude quickly that the sound I hear is her messing with the blinds on the window above the tub.

I walk into the bathroom.

I see her. She is standing on the edge of the tub, her shiny body glistening in the florescent lighting - her naked 6 year old booty flashing me as I walk through the door.

"Whatcha doing?" I ask, and it startles her.

She continues to peek through the blinds, one hand balancing her slippery body, the other forcing the blinds apart with her fingers. She says, "I want to look outside to see if the stars are out tonight," she is very determined.

"You are going to fall," I walk towards her and guide her back down into the tub, pinching her chubby tooshy as I do and she giggles. "Why do you need to see the stars," I ask, as I dry off my hands.

She smiles and says, "I wish I could see a wishing star," and she then scoops up a handful of bubbles from the water and slathers them on her pink tummy.

"What would you wish for," I ask, watching my tiny girl, "If you did see a wishing star - what would you wish for?"

"To be Hannah Montana," she says, as if it would actually be so - to wish it once on a star and then - poof - she would be transformed.

I smile and say, "I don't want you to be Hannah Montana. What would I do then? Where would my little Alexis go?" she is giggling now. "And ... I think you wouldn't really want to be her. You are so much prettier than she is. And so much smarter."

She rolls over and stretches her whole body beneath the warm water and bubbles, puts her chin in her hands, rolls her eyes and says, "I'd say No. She's in high school."

"Okay ... so maybe she's a little smarter - but you are lots prettier," I am now leaning over the tub and washing her arms with the rag.

She looks up at me with those big brown eyes, takes the rag from my hands and says, most confidently, "I'd say Yes. Yes I am."


On the upside ... If those wishes on stars really did come true and if Alexis had seen one - shooting through the sky last night - I'd have walked into my bathroom and Hannah Montana might very well have been soaking in my bathtub. I'm glad she wasn't. I'm glad wishes don't come true that easily. What would I do without my sweet little Alexis? What would I do?

81 comments:

Marie said...

Oh Kellan...what a precious post! What would we do without our sweet children?

Brittany said...

AWWWWW!!! So cute!!!

TheCynicalOptimist said...

I just love those little naked (or as my 2-year old says "Naykit") buns! At what point do they become uncute? Because I am about a light year past cute in that department!

SHe sounds like a keeper! :)

MamaGeek said...

This was truly sweet Kellan. I'm always confused on the Hannah Montana / Miley Ray Cyrus thing. I just know she's popular. I so need your little girl to keep me hip. :)

Tot's Mom said...

No, I wouldn't want a Hannah Montana soaking in my bathtub either...

Don Mills Diva said...

A little diva in the making - she's a girl after my own heart.

Karen said...

So sweet. I love that she knows you prefer her to a super star, and she loves herself enough to realize she has it much better at home with mom.

tommie said...

What a sweetie! Does she love to put in bath soap and turn on the jets to see how high the bubbles will get?

Angie said...

"I'd say, Yes. Yes I am." Love the confidence. Girls spend too much time looking up to pop icons only to get VERY LET DOWN (aka Spears sisters). I LOVE Alexis' confidence in herself.
KEEP BELIEVING

Andrea said...

What a wonderful little girl!

Dawn said...

I love this post. From my experience with my own Hannah Montana loving daughter, I do think you have payed your sweet Alexis the highest compliment available to a girl her age- I'm sure that was the ultimate confidence booster.

Holly said...

That was precious!

Kathryn said...

That is such a precious post! What a lucky girl to feel so confident in herself and in her mommy's love. Beautiful!
And I love that pic you chose to go with the post!

Shireen Loh said...

Oh, no Hannah Montana in bathtub pwetty pwease...

onthegomom said...

Oh how my daughter loves Hannah Montana. There is actually an episode where Miley wishes on a star to be just Hannah Montana and it comes true. Then of course, she doesn't want to be and it all goes back to normal. How do I know this you ask??? I have just happened to see every episode on Disney Channel. I am so LUCKY that way!

pb&j in a bowl said...

What's with these kids? Maddie asked me to take her outside to see a shooting star, so she could make a wish. Her wish: a carriage, because every princess needs one

Melissa said...

She's growing up way to fast, make it stop!! :)

Angela said...

So sweet!!!
Glad those wishing stars are hard to find
although I could do with having my bills all paid off.

Hillary said...

How sweet! It really is a blessing that we don't get everything we wish for. :)

Joanna said...

Got to love those little buns! She sounds like a cutie.

bermudabluez said...

You possess such a gift of storytelling Kellan!! I feel like I was sitting right there in the bathroom with you! She is such a sweet little princess. Now....remember this moment when she goes through the terrible tweens!!!

girlymom said...

Kellan I swear you have the sweetest hearted children around. They may say quirky things, but it is so nice to see the sweet innocence and love in their hearts. Burn that one into your memory~ it's a keeper.

Beth said...

What a sweet story! I, too, am glad wishes don't come true that easily!

Family Adventure said...

And how would the rest of us have fared without your sweet Alexis to read about?

Happy weekend, Kellan!

Heidi

Toni said...

My 8 year old is all about Hannah Montana, too. I am worried she is going to be the next Britney Spears...

baby~amore' said...

I only just found out who HM was - Alexia is definitely much prettier and sweeter. Love your precious stories Kellan about the children .

One Scrappy Chicklet said...

Oh to be young again and to believe that wishing stars really worked.
Such a sweet post. Thank you

:O)
Tami

dlyn said...

I often thought when the girls were little, that I was very glad their wishes did not come true very easily - not only would they have been someone else, I have a feeling I would have been someone else too!

Katrina said...

Very sweet story, Kellan!

Courtney said...

How sweet! I love naked butts too. They are just so pinchable. I have a butt story, maybe I'll include it in my post today. You obviously inspire me!

Amy said...

how stinkin cute is that? I so love your stories because it seems so easy for you to put those feelings down that I think we all have as moms...ps there's alot of yelling from the mom in this house during bed/bathtime too...LOL

One Scrappy Gal said...

Mine always wishes to be a princess... a REAL princess... with a castle and everything. :)

I pinch tooshies too. I can't help myself!

kim-d said...

I'll be back to comment for real later, Kellan, but I just wanted to say a quick hi so you don't forget me :)...

Amanda said...

Alexis sounds so cute.

Btw, who is Hannah Montana??

jennifer h said...

Those little tushies are irresistible. Absolute pinch-magnets. This was such a sweet moment. I loved her confidence.

My daughter has taken over my tub, too. Any day now, she'll move into the master bedroom and kick us out.

Jennifer said...

Oh, this is so sweet. But what IS it with HM?!! My now-5 year old is recently obsessed too. Disney did a heck of a job with their marketing.

Eagles' Wings said...

Kellan,
This is my first visit here. You are so funny! I love the way you write. Really enjoyed the read.

sting said...

hi, this is also my first visit to your blog and I love your blog.. have link you, hope you don't mind :-)

multipleblessings said...

My kids love my wirlpool tub too... But they aren't the only ones, as Mama uses it all the time herself! ;)

My kids like Hannah too, but we don't have cable, so they've never seen the show. They just hear their cousin talking about her all the time... And the fact that she's Billy Ray Cyrus' daughter is a big plus in my country lovin' kids. :D

InTheFastLane said...

My sweet children are the only ones that use my whirlpool tub too. Sigh...

Jen said...

What a sweet moment. I love that you have raised her to be so confident - she knows she is pretty and smart and loved very much by her mommy.

Mo said...

Great post! She's a very sweet girl.

Patti said...

I feel the same way Kellan, I love my sassy little girl so much! She doesn't need to ever wish to be something or someone else.
I love this post!

Leah said...

awwww, what would do indeed? I always loved that Garth Brooks song about unanswered prayers... The message fits, here, too!

Have a great day, Kellan, and thanks for posting such a beautiful post. I had to run over and smooch each one of my children just now

Irene said...

So funny, my 6 yo is really into the "wishing I were something else" thing. She has no idea who Hannah Montana is though. Although she was telling me about how another classmate always talks about Hannah and this classmate also told my daughter that she has Hannah Montana hair. My daughter thinks this is not a good thing...oh that will change so soon!

LunaNik said...

What's with the Hannah Montana addiction little girls have these days?

Is it like the Debbie Gibson and Tiffany addiction I used to have way back when??

Ooops...just dated myself didn't I?

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

Well, I think that may have been a shock for Hannah Montana, too, to suddenly find herself submerged in a bubblebath in some strangers home! Makes me laugh just thinking about it, Kellan! :)

Thank you for the kind words yesterday, I truly appreciate it and so needed them! Hope you have a great weekend!

Lizzy

My Goodness said...

Sweet mommy moments are the best!
Just gotta hug those babies tighter!

carrie said...

If she was Hannah Montana, you'd have to be on tour with her! No time to lay around in a bath, I'm afraid! :)

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Oh My! Your writing always gets me! What wonderful descriptions. I love "I'd say No.." She speaks so adorably. What a blessing she is.

E said...

These sweet moments are what good blogging is best at I think....capturing the memory before it disappears into the rush of our lives...Lovely.

Amy said...

Oh so sweet! My Emma would always wish on a star, in a well, on the clock, whatever for a hamster. So I was so happy that I could grant that and get her the little furry beast for her bday!
And that's cracks me up what you said about the tub not being yours. So true in my house too. In fact I don't know if I've ever gotten to take a bath in it. There's always one kid or another in there.

my wonderful men... said...

Oh dear, what children do in the tub. Sweet she was trying to wish upon a star while taking a bath.

Eileen said...

Well, if your daughter had morphed into Hannah Montana you'd be extremly rich (JUST KIDDING).

I love when you write about these beautiful exchanges between you and your children. They are just so sweet and tender. I hope you print and save your blog, in like a book format, it would be so special for them when they are older. Your posts are so perfect, your such a good mom, what motherhood is suppose to be all about. What a family is suppose to be about. Alexis is so sweet, and I know you'll have many more of those precious moments. How blessed we are, to be able to read about them.
XOXOXO

Laurie M. said...

She is so cute! I can't believe how imaginative she is! Good thing she stayed Alexis and you didn't walk in to find Hannah Montana in your bathroom.

jen said...

what a lovely post, K.

Janice said...

I bet she had just watched the Hannah Montana episode where she wishes on a star to be Hannah all the time and not Mylie. My 6 year old loves HM, You handle your children and their funny little blurbs so well. I love to read your blog, I make my husband read it too, he will for sure need to read this one.

Are You Serious! said...

Ditto on what Janice said! Love all your posts! :)

Pam said...

Maybe finding Hannah Montana in the tub is Little Billy wish...ha ha ha

Why is it that we get these whirlpool tubs and the only one to use them are the kids? We have one too and Ashlyn is the only one who gets in it....

the dragonfly said...

Aww!! Glad to know she knows she's prettier. :)

Valarie said...

That was so sweet. :)

Christine said...

oh what a sweet little thing! i need to go hug my six year old now!

Running on empty

andrea j said...

Oh, the sweet dreams of little girls. I am glad you didn't find Hannah Montana in your bath last night too. I know sometimes our kids drive us crazy, but it's true we would truly miss them.

I enjoyed learning more about your daughter. Have a good one!

kaylee said...

OH LOVE IT!!!!

Carl & Kathy Heppner said...

What a special moment between mother and daughter. It put a smile on my face. It reminded me that each of my children are precious and unique, and I wouldn't want to live life without them!

BeachMama said...

That is so sweet. And yes, I too am thankful that wishes don't come easily.

Your bath time sure sounds similar to mine, complete with the big tub being used by the kids. Not sure why we have two bathrooms upstairs as we really only use the one.

Laura said...

Your ability to capture the moment in words is amazing. Thank you for sharing.

Holly said...

How sweet, Kellan!

Steph said...

Aww they grow up so fast! Your post made me think of my sweet almost 6 year old and the sweet funny things she says.
Thanks

Dad said...

Keep up the good writing Kel.

Eagles' Wings said...

Thanks Kellan for dropping by my blog. I love your humor and I will put you into my "Favorite blog". Will that be OK?
Will definitely visit frequently to de-stress and to come back to earth after a long day of homeschooling and being with my 2 active boys!

livin' with me said...

That reminds me of a country song "Sometimes I Thank God for Unanswered Prayers"

So often we don't get what we wish or pray for but it's because there is a much better plan in the making for us.

Great post!!

forgetfulone said...

How sweet! I miss the days when my angel was 6 and her shiny little booty was flashing me as she stood on the side of the tub while I yelled, "Get down! You're gonna fall!" I loved the photo with your post, and the post itself.

Amy said...

You handled that so well, letting Alexis know that she is much more valuable to you as herself.

LaskiGal said...

It is so amazing the impact pop culture has on children (on all of us, really). It is even more amazing how the reality of our lives is what we often crave the most. What a sweet post about sweet little Alexis.

JCK said...

Scrumptious post, Kellan! I could just picture it.

HRH said...

Fabulous. I too am glad she isn't Hannah Montana! That post would have gone much different...

JO-N said...

How they wish to be someone else except themselves. My two boys wish to be Ben10. I didn't know who at first but later got to know that Ben10 is a cartoon character who can transform himself into 10 different forms.

Shannon said...

I absolutely love this story! We are better off not getting what we wish for most of the time I think. What would life look like after all? I mean with kids turning into tween idols and the sort. I am glad that your little Alexis will stay your Alexis forever!

dawn224 said...

confidence is wonderful! :) Good girl!

Jen said...

Adorable story! If wishes were fishes ... She'd be wishing for one thing and you'd be wishing for the opposite. It would be a very long fishing trip to see who could catch the most fish.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a great week.

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