I just returned from a week-long vacation with the girls.  We spent a week in Phoenix with my parents and enjoyed every moment of it.  We were busy throughout the week doing a lot of different things with the girls and making every minute count.  This of course coupled with them being 2 and 4 and constantly on the go meant that everyone was tired by the end of the days.    

Initially I was feeling happy and relieved to be home however after having had a good night’s rest, I’m feeling a bit sad that it’s over.  We made a lot of memories this trip and quite honestly I don’t want to stop making memories with these 2 little princesses.  It’s so easy to forget that the time will end at some point.  The vacation will end, the gymnastics will end, school will end, and needing their mom will end.   

There will come a time when my 4-year-old does not say to me:

“You’re the best mom ever!”

“This has been the greatest day ever!”

“Thank you for bringing me to the pool house with you mommy.”

“Can I have a hug mommy?”

There will come a time when my 2-year-old will not:

Crawl up on my lap 100 times a day to feel comforted

Hug me with both her little chubby arms wrapped so tight around my neck; it makes me want to cry.

Sleep peacefully on my lap

Say “Good morning mommy!” like no other 2-year-old does

Yes these moments and times will be gone sooner than I realize and waking up this morning full of gratitude is just what I needed to set me straight.  Sometimes we forget how incredibly blessed we are in life because we are tired or we feel like giving up or we just plain don’t think about how lucky we are.

Today I am grateful for having the means to take my girls on that vacation to make the memories we did.  I am grateful that my 4-year-old felt free enough and confident enough to squirt me with water while I was lying in the sun fully clothed knowing that I would not get upset with her. Later on we had an impromptu water fight and made yet another great memory.  I let go of everything and boy did we have fun.  How often do we want to let go and have fun but choose to let fear or control stop us?  Maybe we let our self-talk tell us that we are too old for that or that it’s silly to have fun.   


When was the last time you sat back and realized how blessed you are in this life?  What are you grateful for today?  When did you make a memory that you know you will cherish forever?

What I learned on this vacation was that being present and in the moment and letting go once in a while led to one of the best weeks of my life to date. 

Oh and one more thing – I need to polish up on my water squirting abilities for next year!  There was no mercy for mom.

water fight


Comments (4)

  • Tandy . April 24, 2014 . Reply

    I’m so happy for you that you were able to get away and create memories with your girls. Just remember that you do this every day just by being the loving mother you are.

    • (Author) Tanya . May 2, 2014 . Reply

      Thank you for the kind words Tandy. Sometimes it’s hard to remember to just allow yourself to create the memories.

  • Louise Gallagher . April 24, 2014 . Reply

    And because you do these things now, Love and trust will always be the foundation of your relationship. And with Love and trust, no matter the ups and downs, there will always be a time when your daughters say, “You’re the best mom ever.”

    • (Author) Tanya . April 24, 2014 . Reply

      I sure hope so Louise! I know what kind of relationship I want to foster with them and check that everyday. Thank you for continuing to read. 🙂

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