When you think back to your best memories as a child, what do you think of? Usually it is the little things we look back on and cherish, the moments we capture in our minds.
We all have special memories that we cherish. I can close my eyes be there, helping my mom make a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies. I can smell them baking in the oven, even taste the dough we would get to lick from the bowl. I can smell Dad’s bbq on the grill while we would camp, splashing in the river or stream close by. I can see the flicker of the fireflies and smell the smoke from the campfire.
And some of my all-time favorite memories I cherish are those of our family game nights. We played cards…lots of cards! Canasta was a game I knew how to play by the age of five. Pinochle shortly followed and we played together as a family, and often. I have such great memories I cherish. They may have been just ordinary everyday moments but we have to cherish the little things!
My children are still young but they are growing so fast! Some days are crazy. Ok. Honestly, most days are crazy! Some days I feel like I am just surviving. But I want to make sure that I take advantage of each and every day to make those cherished moments with my own children.
I want to always remember just how much Austin and Addie love their baby right now. Making her smile and laugh are their top priorities for the day. Some days Addie is a bit anxious to see her baby and wants to wake her before the sun is up so she can talk and cuddle with her. Although I am usually not very excited at that moment, I want them to remember those moments, those smiles and laughs and cuddles.
The tickles, the kisses, the hugs and the tears, all are small moments we should cherish.
As a serious person I sometimes forget what it was like as a child to see all the excitement in something ordinary. This summer we are going to make it a point to cherish all the small moments, to make memories from those ordinary moments.
From jumping in the elevators to chasing the fireflies in the evening sun, I want to make sure each year, each month, each week, each day, we stop long enough from the chaos of the day to cherish the moments we have been blessed with.
That has led us to start creating our summer bucket list! I will be sharing that soon but would love to know…
How do you cherish the small moments that you are blessed with?
Gymboree is a company who prides themselves in making those cherished moments last a lifetime! As huge fans of Gymboree, we were blessed to be able to select some of the pieces from one of their newest lines, Yellow and Black and Beach Buddies. Aren’t they adorable?