I forgot my camera at work and at home for the majority of the past few weeks, and it makes me sad that all of those amazing memories during that time, like swimming with my parents, eukele/guitar/drum bucket jam session with the Quintons, soccer with the Mitchells and dinner with the VanHoutens were not captured on film to look back on our time together with our family & friends. As a working Mom (not working is not an option until G finishes school), my greatest sadness in life is how quickly it is flying by. Guillermo probably thinks I'm nuts because most nights, after the boys go to bed, I look at the pictures on my camera and watch the videos just to relive our precious moments together. When things are not captured on film, I feel like that moment is gone forever, except for the little bit of what is etched in my horrible short term memory.
It seems like they were babies and in the twinkling of an eye, they are little boys. A few more twinkles and they will be teenagers. I know all parents feel that way, and it is far more than a tired old cliche. It's just life. Thank God for blogs & husbands with good memories, and digital cameras so you can relive those moments even when it's midnight and you're missing your babies.
Here are a few things I was able to catch before my camera went on hiatus.
Our dear friend Denise came over to watch the boys so we could go on a date night.
We did our Great Date Expirement (thru Journey Church) and had a fabulous meal at Outback. I ate so much I thought I'd blow up. Self control, why do you leave me the minute a bloomin onion is around?
The date was "dj'd" by a CD track and you could take different tracks depending on the thing you want to work on the most in marriage. We chose the one about parenting/kids and it said to go and play on a playground and talk to your spouse about your favorite things about your kids and being a parent. It was really fun and BONUS we went to the park across from the ocean at Alhambra hall, so it was even romantic. (Not like call the cops romantic, just nice & sweet). Lol.
I love being married to a Christian man who likes to do silly dates with me and talk about our walk with the Lord and how we can do better as a family and what we do well.
And if that we're sweet enough, my main love language has turned into acts of service. The fact that Guillermo makes me an iced latte every day makes me feel extra LOVED every day. Over that weekend he even put whipped cream on top, talk about Extra love in the form of Redi-whip.
And of course, what fills my love tank the most is seeing these sweet little faces, saying things like "Wow Mama! You look Preeeeeetttttty" out of the blue.....
And "Mama I love you biggest in the whole world"
....these will be the things, that when I'm terrified life is moving too fast, will help me slow down and smell the roses, and creep into rooms at 11pm, just to get one more kiss & snuggle before the day is officially over.