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I Love Art, Adore the Handmade and Treasure the Vintage. I am the Fun Mom, the Silly Friend and the Writer who wants to make more room for beauty in the everyday.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Hello Monday and summer is soon...

This is the kids' last week of school. Where did the year go? 
Where did the years go? 
 
I look at my kids some days and we are so ensnared in where we are and what we are doing at that very time, it can be difficult for me to remember them as babies and toddlers...

I do remember of course, and I remember the wonderful feeling of them being small, and the joy in watching them grow. The small achievements, the larger milestones, and the everyday things that make time sweet.

 A few pictures here and there prompt the memories....
...like Charlotte and the beach...
 ...our first house in Queens...
 ...dress up...as opposed to dressing up...
 ...onesies...


I was with much of my family over the past week, we gathered to bury my Uncle Joe -- Rosie's big brother. He lived a long life of 88 years, and while he will be sorely missed by his grandchildren especially, I am reminded firmly of the way time passes, our own mortality and well, the sheer overwhelming-ness of time's limited capacity to give us opportunity. 

I am reminded of the importance of family and how one generation carries the banner for the next, and then passes it...

And so with summer vacation for the kiddos just 5 days away, I breathe and reach for the small memories that make me grateful for each day's everyday-ness.
 
Hello Monday.
Hello sweet long, summer days filled with playing in the yard, building forts and making pitcher after pitcher of lemonade.

Hello catching up around here -- those two back to back shows darn near crushed me with dirty laundry and paperwork.

Hello to time that we have and making the most of it...squeezing in the fun where we can!

Hello to my family, I do love you all so...

Hello Hello...to all of you and hope you find some time these summery days to celebrate the small things.

xxoo Jen





1 comment:

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

Absolutely adorable kiddos :O) Blessings!

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