My baby went to kindergarten yesterday. I went out with friends to a celebration lunch! ; ) I did not cry or feel sad at all. I feel very excited for him, actually. He is ready to be there...to learn and to socialize. He was getting a little bored at home. (That is totally my fault...I am just not very fun!)
But one thing has given me a little pause lately... this is my last year with any time at home with a young child and my last year of having all of my children in my home. (Even as I type the words, I CANNOT believe they are true!)
My oldest has started her senior year. I swear that just a couple years ago, she was three and dancing around my family room in her purple tutu! (I know that sounds cliche...but just you wait--that is exactly how it feels!) There is a very good chance that she will go to the same college that my husband and I did (BYU) and it just doesn't seem like 18 years since we were there ourselves!
Just a couple days ago, there was a perfect article for me on my FAVORITE mom blog: The Power of Moms. It was titled: Before They Fly. It made me face the reality of it all: We have just a few precious months left to all be together. To create memories that will bind my children to each other.
And with the crazy schedule of my Senior daughter--4 AP classes, Seminary Council, Choir President, teaching piano, and working at a local deli--those moments are becoming harder and harder to find.
But I am ready to seize those moments when they do come. And I will probably need to re-read that article every month just to remember that all those moments and memories really are more important than a perfectly clean and organized home, or actually getting the kids in bed ON TIME. Because, let's be honest, I struggle with that balance. Oh, do I struggle. : )