They say "time flies when you are having fun". I suppose that that is true, however I would like to point out that time also flies when you are incredibly busy trying to balance the responsibilities of being a professional, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a friend, and your own person. Not that those things aren't fun, but I don't think that it is the same type of fun that people are thinking about when the recite cliché sayings.
I mean, how are we well into November already? People were posting those annoying "I remember 2014 like it was yesterday" posts (otherwise known as hung-over New Year's Day posts) a week ago! Did the year just really fly by and I missed it? Well, I didn't miss it really... I have the iPhone full of photos to prove that I lived through it. Photos of the kids smiling, photos of the kids crying, photos of the kids posing, and photos of the kids running around oblivious to the world… sometimes I like to just scroll through the photos and take a moment to relax and really remember how much fun we have.
I don't know, maybe all the daily thanks post I am seeing on Facebook have got me feeling some kind of way. Or maybe it is knowing how incredably busy the next few months are for our family? We have Day Out With Thomas tomorrow, Holiday Disneyland next week, Thanksgiving, a huge family vacation, Christmas, the twins turn four, then Charlie turns two! All just one after another. I'm tired just thinking about everything.
I'm also so so excited. Taking the time to look at photos and see the kids in the moment reminds me why I bust my butt and force traditions to be formed! A beach vacation with three kids isn't really a vacation for anyone, baby wearing a toddler for a full day at Disneyland sends me to the chiropracter, and pumpkin patches smell like horse poop; but those things are experiences for them and I am so thankful that I am here and able to see things through their new shiny eyes.
Now I have to tell you, I am finishing up this blog entry one day after we attended our regional Day Out With Thomas event. The event was great; you get to go on actual train rides where Percy and Thomas are your engines. You can get up close for photos. There is an open play area where there is coloring, train tracks, and Megablocks. Absolutely great.
It was one of the hardest family outings that we have had to date. There was tantrums, there was tears, and there was a lot of those "why the hell do we bother with this crap" moments. Once we dragged our kids out (amidst kicking and screaming) and got everyone in the car and Mom and Dad had a few minutes to chill out I turned around and asked Cash if he had fun. His answer was yes.
That's all that really matters. That's why we do it. That's what I will remember in a year when I am lamenting about how fast time flies.