Friday, September 13, 2013

Growing Up Can Wait Until Another Day {#CherishChildhood with Gymboree}

Does this ever happen to you? You're looking for one particular photo or set of photos from years ago, so you head to your collection (whether digital, printed, in a scrapbook or more) and, hours later, you've found that you've taken a major trip down memory lane instead? It always manages to tug at the heartstrings a bit, doesn't it?

But how can I help it when I come across these adorable baby faces... and it frightens me to think of how quickly the years have passed right before my eyes?

baby pictures

While nearly all of the baby fat is gone and they've long outgrown any clothing that is sized by months, those bright, curious, grab-hold-of-life-and-make-the-most-of-it eyes are definitely still the same.

But these days, instead of getting to see these two begin to walk, talk or feed themselves, I have the privilege of being here to see them learn, discover themselves, and experience the world and all that it has to offer.

Even better, they are still so young and innocent that there are times that they draw me into their virtuous world right along with them. What would it be like to escape the stresses and deadlines and pressures that we all have... and, instead, the biggest worry of your morning might be whether or not your favorite type of cracker is going to be served for snack later today?

In essence, childhood is an amazing time (hopefully) filled with laughter and creativity and imagination. Of course I'm eager to see my girls grow up and find out what sort of women they become, but, for now, I am making a conscious effort to carpe diem. Seize the day! Put aside my own adult negativity and cherish childhood while it's here in front of me.

Which is why I adore the #CherishChildhood campaign that Gymboree has launched and this incredibly touching video that goes along with it:

They're so right!

It's far too easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our everyday that we forget that it's okay to set it all aside and just play. Before I know it, the day will come that these faces aren't around me non-stop, do I really want to end up regretting the times that I was too busy to build a rocket or have a tea party with fairies?

sister love

If you'll excuse me, I've got a few hugs to give out and some cherishing of childhood to go do.

I was provided a gift from Gymboree in exchange for my time writing this post, however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are completely honest and my own.


Anne said...

What a beautiful post! And the photos of your children as babies and then as girls--so sweet. Thanks for sharing.

MichelleS said...

Gorgeous family for sure! Definitely cherish while they are little ones because soon enough they will be going off to school and growing up too fast.

Remus said...

the girls are so beautiful! I know what you mean.... when I start looking at pictures of my daughter when she was little (she is 24 now), then the hours just fly by while I am lost in the memories :)

Karen Glatt said...

Such lovely pictures of your daughters. Time flies by so fast and before you know it the little ones are not so little anymore. We need to spend as much time as we can with our kids when they are young!

Unknown said...

Sweet picture! I totally relate. My two girls are growing up so fast. Sometimes I squeeze them so tight they complain!

slehan said...

It's the little things that help make a good childhood: blowing bubbles, running thru the sprinklers. And some family trips like I still remember 50 years later.

slehan at juno dot com

Unknown said...

I loved this video and its so true how fast kids grow and the years fly by. I have 3 children and i can still remember the day they came into this world just like it was yesterday.

Liz Mays said...

You'd never forgive yourself if you didn't treasure those moments with your darling little girls. I'm glad you get it!

Unknown said...

beautiful girls! loventhe pictures.

knickgirl_3 at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

I loved this post. Right now I am treasuring the times I spend with my grandkids...I am recently widowed and know how short life can be so we must enjoy every day!