Yesterday morning after Mikey and I emerged from our morning "after the big kids leave" nap...I was walking around our house in an attempt to get ready, as we were going into visit my work friends. As I was walking around our house...here is what I saw!
Toys in places they shouldn't be, a bathtub taken over by kids stuff, baby hooded towels, laundry emerging from the dryer (of course not put away), shoes and MORE shoes left in places right where I want to walk, random toys in places they shouldn't be (you know, right next to the napkins, who doesn't have a toy ninja??) and a playroom full of toys - even though half of them are scattered about.
At first I was frustrated because for real...the cleaning lady was literally here Tuesday morning! How does it become such a mess so fast?
And then I smiled and laughed a bit to myself. Because I'm not sure if it's having another baby that's making me quickly realize these things- but all these things that make my house "dirty"...they won't be here for long. In just 15 short years, Charlie will be headed off to college. While that is a while...the last 4 years with him I'm not sure where those went. But sooner than that, we will be in the life stage where they aren't interested in toys, they will be showering alone, Maddie won't feel the need to try on every pair of her shoes (and everyone else's) because she'll be off somewhere with her friends. And that baby laundry? Nope, that will be long gone.
So today, I choose to embrace this stage of life. And laugh when at times I feel like crying and get in all those hugs and snuggles and kisses and playtime while I still can.
Because we all know babies don't keep, toddlers grow up, and dang it- even though times seem physically exhausting right now...we will be wishing for these simple days back again!