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?
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?
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.