“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present”. – Bill Keane
Once again, I am in disbelief as to how fast this year has come and gone. There are only two weeks left of school and my kids will be out for summer. The weather has been incredible with brilliant blue skies, warm sunshine and lots of blossoming fragrant trees. My garden is in full bloom and I’m finding it difficult to concentrate or remain indoors.
I realized last night while walking down to Lake Harriet, my favorite urban lake in Southwest Minneapolis, that as my son is reaching a milestone so am I. I began this blog when he was in kindergarten and now after five and a half years I am still blogging and he is heading to middle school already. I have been feeling rather emotional about it all. My son who is eleven is already almost as tall as me and is past the half way point of his childhood. In only four years, he will be able to start driving and in seven years he will be off to college. Meanwhile, my little girl is not so little anymore. She is nine and next year will be a fourth grader already. It never ceases to amaze me how fast time goes. Too fast. Which is why there is no better time than the present to embrace my time with my children and enjoy being with them as much as I can over the next few months and years.
I leave this post with a few reflective photos and quotes. I am bound to be outside a lot taking photos of our amazing summer here in Minnesota. I’m looking forward to enjoying it as much as I possibly can.
“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces”. – George Santayana
“Families are ecosystems. Each life grows in response to the lives around it.” – Mary Schmich
“Give a little love to a child, and you get a great deal back.” – John Ruskin
“Family: Like branches in a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.” – unknown
I look forward to the new memories we will create this summer, and our summer family vacation to northern Minnesota in June. Our puppy, Winter, who is now three months old will be joining us too. It is certain to be quite the adventure.