It’s Going Too Fast, May 27, 2011

I roll over in bed and see a little blond curly head talking to Jon. Olivia is up before 6:00 a.m. She can’t sleep. It’s just too exciting. The next three days are pretty big… a school field trip, a kindergarten celebration and the last day of school.

Where has the year gone? You could say I’m one of those emotional moms. I cry on the first day of school, the last day of school and at those little moments in between. It’s hard to believe my baby is now a 1st grader!!

Time for a call to my mom.

Luckily for me, my mom is the ultimate optimist and my cheerleader. Everyone needs some “Rah rah” in their life! Mom later tells me I shouldn’t be sad about my kids growing up, but glad that they can reach these milestones in school and life.

Mom sounds a lot like Dr. Seuss. This saying from the famous author has now become my favorite quote. “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” I love this, and I’m thankful.

My kids had a great school year. And I’m thankful for their wonderful Lincoln Public School teachers who taught them how to read, write and multiply with HUGE numbers (Jacob’s favorite thing to do right now.)

I’m thankful for the little moments. Moments like: seeing my daughter up early and ready for exciting school events, eating lunch with the kids at school, attending Jacob’s choir concerts, seeing the little chicks that hatched in Jacob’s homeroom, and attending their field trips to Memorial Stadium, the state capitol and the Children’s Museum.

I do “smile” because all these things happened this school year. I’m experiencing my kids growing up and I’m glad I can be there, in the front row, cheering them on, and shedding those happy tears along the way.

Happy Parenting everybody!


About the Author...
Taryn Vanderford
Taryn Vanderford is an Emmy-winning journalist who currently works on "First at Four", "Pure Nebraska" and "Moms Everyday" for 10/11 and Gray Television.

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