I couldn't ever have pictured life, in this moment, from way back then. Could you?
I knew I was destined for motherhood, but I couldn't have known that it would look exactly this way.
I did however, have hope for those things that family would look like.
Dinners together, homework, afternoon tea. How our breakfast routine would look, and how we would spend our weekends.
The movie nights, walks to school, long days at home and sneaky midnight visitors who curl up quietly inside our blankets are bonuses.
What I didn't fail to imagine though, was board games.
In my mind, the ideal mother plays with her children. And while I so often miss the mark when it comes to reaching the ideals I hold so carefully, I am a mama who makes a conscious effort to play.
Some of my own fondest memories as a child were playing Monopoly, or different games of cards, or a simple game of Snakes & Ladders. I don't know why I loved it so much.
Maybe because we were allowed to have treat foods, or possibly it was the uninterrupted time with mum and dad that we had.
And now, what I'd imagined is here.
Living this part of my motherhood dream is amazing. I am truly blessed.
What better time than winter, curled up on pillows on the lounge room floor, to play a game of Monopoly that continues for hours, and eat creamed rice pudding instead of dinner.