Last weekend, my husband took our oldest son down to Miami while I kept the toddler. Despite being sick, I got in some seriously needed one on one time. My husband got to take our preschooler geo-caching and spent eight hours with him in the car. Being apart like this really made me consider how much we spend time together as a group. I take our preschooler to his therapies and have alone time with him when the toddler sleeps, but I rarely spend time alone with the toddler.
We went out in the yard and played, and I took some photos of him and watched him tinker in the garden, picking up acorns and singing to himself and transferring dirt from one pot to another. Without his brother around to chase him or antagonize him (or the other way around) he was able to leisurely get into trouble in the sweetest ways.
Last weekend made me realize that we need to set more play dates and one on one time. As much as I need the boys to play and get along, I also need them to have time to shine, to get all of our attention, to play quietly. And I need time to observe it.