Last night I was looking through Clean&Simple Scrapbooking (I know, maybe a little weird to sit and look through your own book, but hey, the book is like one big scrapbook, just one that's been professionally printed, right?), and I was struck at how much life has changed since the year it came out.
When I read over this Bedtime Rituals layout, it really hit home: my kids are growing up.
Gone are the days of cartoons from 7 to 8 p.m.; here are the days of watching Glee or The Wizards of Waverly Place.
Gone are the days of two-story bedtimes and Go Fish; here are the days of reading Simpson's books and chatting with friends on Facebook.
Gone are the days of parents bribing each other to trade off bedtime duties; here are the days of kids who get themselves ready for bed without any parental assistance whatsoever.
Gone are the days we had to stay upstairs until the kids fell asleep; here are the days when even though we can come downstairs and spend quality grown up time together, we're often too tired to do so.
Gone are the days of a family with little kids; here are the days that feel—sometimes—like a lifetime away from those that have already gone before.
Don't get me wrong. It seems that here is a time that just gets better and better as our family continues to do what families do: grow, change, adapt and live.
I guess today I'm glad that I'm the sort of person who writes stuff like this down. You know…to remember.