August 20

What a Difference a Year Makes!

If there was a phrase I could be coined saying almost too often, it would be that time passes by way too fast. I am not much a “celebrate” type of person and if you knew me well, you would know that I don’t understand why people celebrate their birthdays with a big bang! I suppose it is because my birthday is on the eve of Christmas and my psyche has taught me that it is no big deal. After having kids, I have learned that their birthday is a special marker because they grow up right before our very eyes!  After being a wife, I have realized that the birthday of our wedding day is really very special. It is a symbol of another year of success and growth and overcoming more obstacles and hard work as a couple and as parents. Being a wife and mommy has helped me to appreciate what I have now, be happy for it and hope for the best in the future. So the concept of “what a difference a year makes” was all the more evident after our recent trip to Wisconsin Dells for our annual anniversary celebration. With the help of the thousands of Apps available out there, I was able to create this picture on my iPhone.

The picture to the left was taken during our trip to The Dells in 2011. The 3 pictures to the right were taken this week from our recent trip there. Can you see why I was feeling a little emotional during our trip? My two little babies went from enjoying the kiddie pool area in 2011 to those massive slides that I had to endure this week. My little babies were not as “baby-ish” as they were last year. Jasmyne was able to ride the scary drop slides and Janelle was able to ride some of the tubes with us. It was so bad that I couldn’t even back out of a slide that Jasmyne really really really wanted to go on because I had to go on it with her. It was so ridiculous that I was scared to death and they found it was “awesome” and wanted to ride it over and over again. The whole time I thought to myself: what happened since the last time we went here? That is why one of the first things I did when I got home was log on the computer and look at the pictures from our last trip. I totally did NOT expect it to be that way. I was expecting to hang out in the kiddie pool area most of the day, but that was not so. Thank goodness Janelle has some “baby-ness”  left in her. I am intending to keep it that way and enjoying it for as long as possible. 

So to all you parents out there, remember that time goes by and you cannot get it back. Sometimes we need a reminder. I need them all the time. They are only their age for that second and then it is done. You cannot go back to the 5 minutes before or even yesterday when they were one day younger. Enjoy the precious times you have with your children as much as possible. Their future is now, with you. Let them laugh and be silly. Let them be kids. There are so many rules and regulations on what a kid should be in today’s world that we sometimes forget what it’s like to be a kid. Before we know it, they are done being a kid and they want to be all grown up. Sometimes I look back on my life and I’m still surprised that I am a mother of two kids. When we go to certain places, it brings back fond memories as if it were just yesterday. That is how fast time flies. The time is now and how you spend it with them now will say a lot about what your future will be with them because they will remember! Trust me! 

With that said, I can’t believe school starts in a couple of weeks. I’m looking forward to the last couple of weeks to spend with my beautiful girls. Enjoy it everyone. Soon, we will be back on the grind of the “back to school” life. My girls will always be my little babies no matter what they say! The End!