Listen. Even when the chatter seems to fill the air with noise. Listen. That little person just may lead you somewhere you wanted to be. For example:
That little person may seem to be trying to get out of getting ready for bed in asking if we could have a family night. Maybe you should think about trying out the suggestion another time. Maybe if you did you would wrack your brain for an idea and then in a moment of frustration settle on fufilling another inconvient request of baking something like a Lemonade Cake. Maybe as you made the cake and watched your children delight in the process you might think--Wow, that's all it took.
So Listen, just remember to listen.
PS I'll post pictures as I can download them. Tonight I'm just cherishing the thought that one day Mowg's kids will ask him to tell them a story about when he was little and maybe, just maybe he'll tell them about tonight.