These two crack me up just about every day. But when they're not cracking me up they have me leafing through my giant stack of parenting books to figure out how best to guide them through the rough parts of having a sibling.
Derick and I essentially grew up as only children. So we are both at a loss when it comes to determining what a "normal" sibling relationship is. The best I can figure from books, friends, and family, is that it involves a a fair amount of arguing and (in the case of boys) wrestling.
These two have the arguing part down. And the wrestling is coming along nicely. Fortunately Leo is a giant, and can throw his weight around pretty well. And every once in a while we have a few shining moments of cooperative play or genuine enjoyment of the other's company.
I try to keep the long-term goal in my mind at all times. That goal is to raise two adult brothers who love and enjoy each other, and can rely on each other in times of need. Best friends would be great.
It is becoming more and more obvious to me that family is where its at. As members of our once close-knit group of friends move away, and get caught up in the inevitable business of family life, there isn't much left to tether us together. Not true with family. I am envious of my boys' potential relationship. I hope with all my heart that it is something that they grow to appreciate and cherish.
In the meantime, I would be thrilled if I could get just one AMAZING photo of the two of them together. It seems to be my ultimate challenge as a photographer.