Lately I've been thinking a lot about how fast time is passing and things are changing. My girls are getting older, my parents are getting older, and of course I'm get older too. I sometimes wish I could freeze time for a little while and keep everything just the way it is. Or better yet, go back a few years to when my girls were really little . . . like 2, 3, 4 and 5 years old. I REALLY miss those days, and I'm having a hard time just being in the present. Do you ever go through that?
I've been in a cleaning frenzy lately, trying to clear out some of the things we don't use anymore and bag them up to give to Goodwill. Yesterday the girls and I went through some of their toy boxes. I had a harder time giving things away than they did. I didn't want to let go of the little girl things like the Pretty Pretty Princess game, the big floor puzzles, etc., even though they hadn't played with them in a long time. So we decided not to give certain things away until we were ALL ready to let go. And you know what? The girls and I broke out that Pretty Pretty Princess game yesterday afternoon and we sat and played it again and again for over an hour. My youngest daughter and I even dressed up in "princess clothes" while we played! Hehehehe. And then we put together a big floor puzzle. When I woke up the this morning, the girls were already awake and they were playing the Pretty Pretty Princess game together. I'm so glad they aren't ready to grow up quite yet!
My longing for the toddler/little girl days isn't helped by the fact that I don't scrapbook in chronological order, so I'm often stumbling upon baby and toddler picture I still need to scrap. Here's a Prima layout I did recently of my older daughter, Rebecca, on her 2nd birthday:
Here's a question for those of you with kids (young or old): Do you sometimes have a hard time watching them grow up, or are you able to just sit back and enjoy every year as they come?