- I love answering the imponderable questions posed by my overly curious kids. "Mommy, why is the sky blue?" (had to go back to my science class days to answer that one) or "How do ducks talk to each other" or "Where do butterflies come from" (which has sparked a children's book that I am trying to complete). These questions force me to get smarter if I'm going to have a chance of keeping up with my 3 musketeers, The Enforcer (TE), The King (TK) and Bomboy.
- I love the opportunity to be a kid right along with them! From crawling competitions (which I never ever win), to snowball fights (I won the last one, yipee!), to going down the slide at the playground (all you Nigerians are calling me an 'agbaya' arent you? *sticks out tongue*) to swinging away on the swings with glee or blowing bubbles on their tummies - you remember the wonderful things that can give you happiness in their simplicity when you have or hang out with kids and I love it!
- I love the fact that in addition to Husband, I have 3 other people who tell me "I love you" everyday! Yes, call me vain, but I LOVE IT! Especially when I am working very hard on projects, they (my entire family) have a way of encouraging me to work harder and I appreciate it greatly (okay kids, you all get a special treat today, you too hubby, lol!)
- I love the fact that I have joined that incredibly dramatic and loving club of Nigerian/African mothers. Yes, I must admit, even though I claimed that the dramatics skipped a generation, I am just as dramatic as my mom and many Nigerian mothers. We cluck over how skinny children look (even though I was a serious okpelenge growing up) and force food down people's throats. lol! We don't take 'nonsense' (for evidence, see here) but show love constantly.
- And, I love the fact that I already am a 'grandmother'! Yes, TE has declared that she is a mommy to her hippo (actually belonged to TK, but that is another story), her toy monkey and her new Shih Tzu which came with a carrying bag, a comb, a magic wand and dog cookie (Minia, Husband is still rolling his eyes at that present, lol!). What better way to get ready for 'granny-hood' that to 'toy-sit' her 'babies?
Oh, and TK insisted that his Teddy Bear make an appearance, as well, something about "...computer friends." So, here is a pic of TK (well, his oatmeal covered face, anyway) and his 'Teddy'.
 - 'Agbaya' is a Yoruba word (my father's language) for a big kid.
 - 'Okpelenge' is a Yoruba word for a super skinny person.
Check out how the Associated Press described Lagos this time.