My kids are growing up. I don’t like to think about it and I certainly don’t talk about it, just ask my husband. He likes to bring up the future and he gets the look of death. I wish I could stop the continuous march of time, and just always have the kids be my little babies. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do. It is relentless and unavoidable.
That’s not to say I don’t have moments of frustration. It is hard not to lose it when you’re asked the same questions over and over again. But the other night, when I heard my son call out, like he does every night. Instead of getting annoyed, a lightbulb went off in my head. One day this will stop and I immediately felt empty.
Mommy, can you tuck me in?
It happens every night. We say goodnight, give love, and put them to bed. My son ends up out of bed playing his room, while my daughter reads. It is how they unwind after the day. I’m the same way. But it never fails, that as soon as I get comfy on the couch, starting my show on the DVR, he calls down to me. Mommy will you tuck me in?
Like I said, I won’t lie and say I never get frustrated or groan to myself. That night though, it hit me, and hard. The sweet, angelic voice calling to me, loves me. And when these nights come to an end, I will be sitting on the couch, uninterrupted, listening to the silence.
The silence of a house with no kids, with no one who needs me, and no one who wishes for me to tuck them in. In that moment I know the tears will come. They are coming now.
And on that day I will think of all those little requests and miss them. Parents, I know it’s hard somedays. But I’m making a silent promise to myself and to my children to be present, to stop minding that they are “interrupting me,” and to never overlook how precious this time we have together is. Because honestly, I want as many of these moments as I can get. As if somehow storing them up now will make it easier when they are few and far between. I don’t know if that is true but I like to think it is.
My daughter started middle school this year, and I was reminded of that saying the days are long but the years are short. I hate that saying and I hated people who said that to me. Thinking about it, I’m pretty sure my hate for the cliche stems from that fact that deep down I know it’s true. All I need to do is look at our photos on the wall to see just how much the kids have grown. Now as I sit here contemplating them growing up, I’m ready to admit the truth behind that saying.
Watching my son grow into a little man has been fun but hard. I looked at him this morning before school and thought, when did you get so big? He asked me why I looked sad and I said oh you know I want you to stay little forever. He laughed, said “I can’t shrink,” and went about getting his backpack ready for school. Immediately it flashed in my mind, the days of him asking me to tuck him in, one more kiss, one more hug will be over before I know it.
Moms, I know it has been a long day. The kids have probably driven you up and over the wall. I get it. Silence and stillness are coming for you in the future. One day you won’t have anyone to talk to except the dog or cat. The house will be quiet, the floors cleaned. You won’t even trip over Lightning McQueen left in the middle of the floor. No one will care where you are, what you are doing, and why busses are yellow and not lime green. And that day will be a sad one indeed.
My word for 2018 is present. I want to be present in my children’s lives, not taking for granted the little bit of time I have with them.
To my baby boy, Mommy will always tuck you in.
Celebrate cooler temperatures and the leaves changing with these 10 Fall activities for kids! Plus grab a free Fall scavenger hunt!
I love Fall time. Take time to play in the leaves yourself. Who said kids should have all the fun?
2. Scavenger Hunt
Grab yours here: Free Fall Scavenger Hunt
3. Nature Hike
4. Pumpkin Patch
5. Leaf Jumping
7. Read a Book
8. Fly a Kite
9. Watch the Sunset
Ready to watch the sun set and eat s’mores!
Need tips on how to get started? Try this Geocaching For Beginners post.
No matter what you do outside, don’t forget to bring some healthy, tasty snacks.
Thank you GoGo squeeZ for sending us your new fall flavors!
Get them before they are gone! The Limited Edition Apple Pumpkin Spice and Sour Apple Raspberry Lemon Twist are going to be your kids’ new favorite flavors of GoGo squeeZ. And like other GoGo squeeZ products, these Fall flavors are:
Non-GMO Project Verified
Dairy, Nut, and Wheat Free
No Added Colors or Flavors
No High Fructose Corn Syrup
No Yucky Stuff
GoGo squeeZ make a great candy alternative for trick-or-treaters or allergy-friendly school parties. I plan on having them as special treats during my son’s not so spooky Halloween party. Download your free GoGoWeen kit to get cute wrappers for your GoGo squeeZ and see what other spooky cool ideas GoGo squeeZ has for your Halloween!
What is your favorite Fall activity for the family?
We received free GoGo squeeZ products for this post. All opinions are our own.
Over the weekend, we spent the day at the Maryland Zoo, an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoo. That means it meets the highest standards in animal care and provide a fun, safe, and educational family experience. And thanks to Stonyfield you can get free kids’ admission into one of these amazing zoos.
When you visit an AZA zoo you not only get a great day with your family but you are helping to support animal conservation and welfare.
It was an overcast day, but perfect for a walk at the zoo. We have never visited this one before, and what a gem. There are daily activities with the keepers, hands on experiences, and even a huge slide built into a giant tree.
We saw several different animals, learning more about them from the keepers on hand. Did you know Porcupines do not have quills on their bellies. If they did they would not be able to walk backwards.
The kids also got to feed a giraffe! He was such a sweet boy too!
Stonyfield YoKids is sponsoring the AZA SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) program on a mission to help save endangered species.
As part of a year-long effort, Stonyfield will not only be contributing funds to field work but aiming to drive kids and their families to see animals and conservation projects first hand at zoos, aquariums, and on the ground where the research is happening. Stonyfield YoKids’ sponsorship of AZA SAFE will support conservation efforts for 10 endangered species.
This elephant decided the grass was greener and tastier on the other side of the fence!
Free Kid’s Zoo or Aquarium Admission
From now until the end of September, families who buy two specially-marked YoKids yogurt multipacks will receive a free kid’s admission to their local AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium when they also buy an adult ticket. Just look for the most adorable animals in the yogurt aisle!
Click here to find the one closest to you.
What is your favorite animal to see up close at the zoo?
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During Christmastime, it is easy to get caught up in all the busyness of life. Class parties, cards, wrapping gifts, baking, and on and on. But it is important to stop, look around, and see how we can give back and spread hope this holiday season.
When Stonyfield asked if I would like to partner with them to pay it forward, of course I said yes! I love being a part of the Stonyfield Family. I have worked with them for a long time and used their products even longer. This post was an awesome initiative on their part and partnering with them on it was just so awesome.
When it came to picking a charity or way to pay it forward this season, I wanted something the whole family could be involved with. I sat down with the kids and asked what they would like to do with the money. They wanted to help kids in need, blessing them the way we have been blessed this year.
Toys For Tots
The mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is to assist the U. S. Marine Corps in providing hope to children in need at Christmas. You can donate online or participate in a local toy drive. I did some searching and found that we could actually drive to a local program to drop off our toys. Perfect! Find your local Toys for Tots Program here.
I knew that donating these toys would be a blessing to a family in need. I didn’t realize how special it would also end up being for us. We got into the car and all headed to Target. My husband and I let the kids do the shopping. Our job was to help with any price checks, you should’ve seen some of those shelves!
It brought so much joy to my heart to see my children excited for this. They put a lot of thought into what they wanted to buy.
My little guy spent the most time trying to pick the perfect toy. He told me he wanted it to be “just right.” And it sure was.
Once they finally decided on their gifts, we went straight over to our local Toys for Tots. Looking around at all the gifts that had been sorted, both kids grinned.
“A lot of families are going to have great Christmas presents.”
“I’m so happy for them.”
“I bet their Mommies and Daddies will be excited for these.”
“Can we do this every year?”
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
This post was made possible by Stonyfield. They gave us a gift card to pay it forward as we chose.