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25th-Dec-2008 11:21 pm
I've had a very long but very great day. I got to see all of my babies except for Haley and everyone has had a great Christmas. I have my boys with me tonight and while we were outside earlier I really had to take stock of how fast they are growing up. In a week, Cole will be 12 and in a little over a month Jake will be 16. I made a giant pot of spaghetti and meatballs for their dinner and cookies for dessert. They're beside me now on the couch playing Xbox and have already said repeatedly how much they enjoy the time here, and that we need to do this more often. On the way here, Jake thanked D and I for bringing him home with us for the night. Cole got here later and thanked me for having him over and I told him that it was his idea - to which he replied "Well then, thanks for making my idea even better".

They're so big. I've been carefully observing them and we've been doing a lot of talking about everything, and LOTS of laughing (I've lost count of the penis jokes/references). Every once in a while I'll get flashes of each of them as infants, as toddlers, as preschoolers, as elementary school students, and I'm overwhelmed at how beautiful and perfect and thoughtful they are, and how proud I am to still be part of this extraordinary experience of co-parenting. They are significant pieces of the best things that have ever happened to me; each hug, smile, and "I love you" is the most rewarding gift I could have ever wished for. I'm still amazed that they are willing to show such affection at these ages, but considering the two of them, I'm really not surprised.

Life is really amazing if you let it be. I have a truly fantastic life.
26th-Dec-2008 04:36 am (UTC)
Aww, sounds like you're doing a great thing. While I'm definitely not at the point to consider it, co-parenting is something I should probably give more thought to when the time comes. I don't think I ever thought of it as an option. Anyway, hope you're having a great Christmas! Sounds like you definitely are!
26th-Dec-2008 04:37 am (UTC)
My nephew (11) completely at random intervals gives me a big hug and says, "I love my Unca Joey so much". It's just amazing. Niece (7) does not do it that much, but she is always disappointed when I don't answer the door in person and gives me this snarly look to show her disappointment. :)

Kids have so much love and are simply amazing. Who knew we were that innocent?
26th-Dec-2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
I just want to say Thank You for being such a great male role model for young men. Please let them know how fortunate they are to have you influencing their lives positively. Too many young men either have no male role models in their lives and/or poor excuses for real fathers.

Thank You!
26th-Dec-2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
"I'm still amazed that they are willing to show such affection at these ages, but considering the two of them, I'm really not surprised."

I'm not surprised either. :)

You did an amazing job with all of your children.
27th-Dec-2008 03:23 am (UTC)
You know, we all learn by example and this is just a reflection of the key people in there lives. You, along with there mothers have taught and given them so much love, openness and understanding that they are just reflections of all of you. I know I do not have to tell you, but you are a very lucky man.
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