The other night, my husband and I were lying in bed discussing our kids. Their strengths, their quirks and how fast they are growing. This in itself was a miracle. We have 3 kids, a puppy, a bird and about 50 fish. Not to mention the fact that my husband com mutes 2.5-3.5 hours a day. Normally we crash on the couch and stumble into bed with no ability to talk.
A little more about us. Our kids are 10 years old, 7.5 years old, and my little one is almost 5 and about to start Kindergarten. Our kids are growing up. It is wonderful. I don’t have change diapers, nor cart around a stroller anymore. Yay!!!
But it TOTALLY stinks. I miss their little feet, little voices and their dependence on Mommy to help make it through their day.
My husband works in IT. He works over 40 miles away, which can equal up to a 3 hour commute in one direction with bad traffic. But he really enjoys his work, so it almost makes up for the bad commute. I am a relatively recent stay at home mom. I say recent. It has been 3 years (almost to the day) since I quit my job in Marketing. But I feel like I am just getting a handle on the staying at home thing. Not on the cleaning part. Just the being home with the kids part.
But back to the topic at hand. Our kids are growing up and we realized that we are stuck in a rut. We are not that jet-setting family that has travelled the world with our kids (though I wish we could be!). We aren’t the family that takes hikes every weekend nor the ones that treat our taste buds to all the coolest restaurants in the area each week. We are the family that does work, school and homework well. . . and that is about it. Oh, I forgot about Netflix. We also do Netflix very well.
We are letting this precious time with our kids (while they still want to be with us) and family slip through our fingers. We are so focused on the everyday, that we are letting life pass us by and missing out on making memories together.
This has to change. I want my kids to remember fun times with us. To remember that we are good people to be around and that we taught them the important things in life. That way later in life they might even want to hang out with us again. And not because we are the coolest parents around (we won’t win that trophy, lol). But because we have shown them that they are a priority to us and have taught them how to care for others and show that we love each other.
So I’m making a commitment to my family, my kids and myself to make memories together and have a richer life. And it starts this summer!
Join us in our journey to add some fun, memories and enrich our lives! I’d love to hear your favorite family memories from growing up or those that you are creating with your family now!