I can’t believe that Summer 2017 is now another sweet memory. As the girls continue to mature, time spent with them becomes more enjoyable and desirable. Those hectic days filled with diapers, formula, and naps being an endless disruption, have been replaced with limitless opportunities and adventures. From an amazing vacation in Wildwood, weekly boating trips to Lake Hopatcong, to our girls’ week in NYC, we explored so much and visited so many unique and intriguing places along the way.
These two little girls have become more than just my daughters, but my very best friends. When school let out in June, I was convinced that by August I would be ready for them to head back and resume a routine. Granted there were days I was left hoarse from yelling and on various occasions needed to ship them off to their grandparents to regroup, but overall we genuinely bonded and connected like never before. Staying up late and sleeping in has been such a delightful treat. The absence of homework and hectic schedules left me with an overwhelming sense of calm and I am already dreading their imminent return.
This summer was one of reflection as well. At age 9 and 6, my girls still enjoy my company and cuddles. In another few years those sentiments will dissipate. Time is fleeting and it frightens me. While the summers are swift, the years seem to be moving even more rapidly. I wish there was a way to freeze these moments in time and keep them little forever. Realistically, I know this is not an attainable request, but I vow to cherish time with my girls and live in the “now.” Every moment spent with them is an invaluable gift that I am eternally grateful for.
As our children head back to school, I wish them all a year filled with joy, learning, friendships, and fond memories to look back on. May the everyday stresses of life not impede on creating more treasured memories with our “babies.”
“To me there is no picture so beautiful as our smiling bright eyed children; no music so sweet as their clear and ringing laughter.” Gianna and Mia, your smiles and laughter are the reason I smile, laugh and want to get up each and every day.
“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” – Charles R. Swindoll