Now, we are back to reality. Back to the schedule and our routine (although, admittedly it takes a few days before we can really get back to it). We are excited for warmer, brighter days and to see the SUN! We're excited that this final stretch of school will likely fly by, as it always does. This period of time, May and June usually goes by at warp speed, something I find both exciting and scary. I'm definitely excited for our Summer vacation but as always, it's scary to think how fast time is passing and another year of school will soon be just a memory.
May and June also bring two birthdays, my soon to be 12 year old's turn is first, exactly one week from today! After that, our soon to be 8 year old at the end of June. Yes, those years keep on rolling on, a fact that's bittersweet.
I still go back to the days after I just had my first. An older woman approached me and told me to enjoy it, because it flies by. At the time, I was a new Mom, loving the early days but still dizzy from the lack of sleep, late night feedings and dirty diapers. I remember thinking this stage would last forever and at times, it seemed to but eventually those stages past. Every stage is different and presents it's challenges. We do make it through difficult times. I remind myself you have to work in order to get to the really good moments...
the moments that matter
those that take our breath away
the moments we never want to forget
So I remember that women with appreciation and fondness. I remember to take it all in, spend the time with THEM and slow down. These are the days I'll cherish forever. When my girls are grown, with families and priorities of their own, I'll ask them to do the same. As a mother, I feel like it's my responsibility to tell them of these things, just as I was lucky enough to have someone remind me.
Breath deeply in challenging times, count to ten when you're at your wit's end. Smile and enjoy the moments. Remember their faces, take in their expressions, connect with them. Most importantly, take it ALL in, for these days won't last.