I Blinked

A few weeks ago we decided to make a trip to Olive Garden and use some gift certificates we got for Christmas. I love free food, a fun restaurant and going out with the family.

Our 10 year old was invited to go to grandma and grandpa’s house to spend the day with them, make cookies, go to Subway, eat lots of sugar and be told that the world revolves around her…we all need grandparents like that. So off she went With one less mouth to feed, we decided to let our two older kids bring friends along. I love hanging out with my kids and I love getting to know who they hang out with, as well. Needless to say, they both invited someone of the “opposite sex”…gasp! We call them “special friends” because I can’t bring myself to say that they have “a boyfriend” or a “girlfriend” I’m not in denial, their just too young….(is that denial?)

At one point in the evening, I had a surreal moment…..here we were taking our two high school kids, (wait, how did we get high schoolers?) with "dates," out to dinner. Wasn’t it just last year, we were loading up the car seats, strollers, diaper bags, extra outfits, sippy cups, pacifiers, “blankies” and everything else in the house, each time we went out? It WAS just yesterday but I decided to BLINK and here they are in high school AND hanging out with the “other gender” …..weird!~

I will say for a split moment, I felt sad that those days were gone.....the baby days of needing mommy for their every desire, for needing rocked to sleep, for needing their nose wiped, for needing every meal made for them, for needing to be held and for a split second, I missed those days when their biggest love and desire was MOMMY!! I WAS SAD…..for a split second.... Those days were precious and priceless but it didn’t take long for me to snap back into reality, grab only MY purse (and nothing else) yell, “Let’s go” and to watch 4 huge kids come running out the house, crazy “in like” with each other, laughing at everything and nothing! Those were sweet days with the babies but I wouldn’t change a thing or go back for a moment!

I love teenagers….especially mine!

1 comment:

Chip and Dani Brown said...

This post reminded me to cherish these baby-days I'm in, but also gives me something to look forward to when I "blink". Thanks!! : )

I came across your blog from The Mother Letters Project blog. I know this is silly...but my daughter is in the Leelou Blogs cute baby photo contest and I am trying to spread the word for people to vote for her!! I need HUNDREDS of votes for her to even come close to catching up to the front-runners. I have been trying to figure out where to find hundreds of people, and I didn't think it was approriate to ask Seth to post something so silly on The Mother Letters Blog (obviously), but I figured maybe all the people who helped with the project would be willing to go give my little Makenzie from AZ a vote : ) If not, that's ok too. I am just trying to get creative and reach more people! If you'd like to help me by voting for Makenzie, please go to http://www.leeloublogs.blogspot.com/ and spread the word for others to vote as well : )

EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY THOUGH...I am also recruiting prayer warriors for a tiny little miracle baby named Kayleigh Freeman, maybe you've heard of her and are already praying for her. It was through her blog that I heard about the contest in the first place. Even if you don't take the time to vote for Makenzie, please take a minute to visit HER website: http://www.kayleighannefreeman.blogspot.com/ and say a prayer for this sweet girl!


Daniele Brown

PS- THE MOTHER LETTERS PROJECT is in NO WAY associated with this request other than the fact that I found your blog there!!