A long time ago someone coined the phrase "children should be seen and not heard." Well, whoever said that would have an aneurysm around my children! Particularly vociferous, my children are every bit as loud as is possible for a 2 and 4 year old. My husband and I make every effort to teach our children about politeness and appropriate volume levels...nevertheless, it becomes apparent around our single or childless friends just how loud they are and how accustomed to the heightened noise level of our lives we have become. It is rare to have a quiet dinner at our house, as the girls bombard us with questions and rambling stories, and "quiet" times in our household are often characterized by the voice of my 4 year old happily talking to herself. And playtime with the both of them? well, it's about a circus' worth of cacophony! Still, I miss the sounds of their voices when they go to bed and I cherish the sound of their voices as the first thing I hear in the morning. I know that someday they'll be busy talking to somebody else on their phones or far away in their dorm rooms or in their own homes...and so for now, I wouldn't have it any other way. To others it may be just a bunch of childish noise, to me it's the music of my life!