I have two kids and I do not want anymore. Sometimes I get the baby itch and my husband shoots me down. Sometimes he gets the baby itch and I shoot him down. It’s a good balance, we keep each other in check. My kids are in the prepubescent stage, at 9 and 10 they are no longer little humans but becoming real live people. With their own opinions and attitudes to go along with it. They fight all the time and drive me absolutely insane but I know that this is only for a season. Soon they will be gone, off to college, or married, maybe even professional Broward Animal Trapping Officers. I know my weekends with them are numbered. I know I need to enjoy this time when we can go to an aquarium or a theme park as a family and they still like us and are excited.
My husband and I decided now that we are a little more comfortable financially we will do every other weekend Saturday trips. We might not be made of money but if you’re not using the money you do have to enjoy your life with your family then what’s the point? We spend 40+ hours a week away from them to pay the bills and make sure they have the essentials, but is that what they are going to remember about you? Mommy and Daddy provided nice clothes and a house? Mommy drove a really nice car? Daddy was always late to dinner?
Kids grow up so fast, I didn’t believe this when they were toddlers but I blinked and my nine year old is wearing bras and shaving her armpits. How long before she doesn’t want to go away on the weekends because she wants to go to the mall with her friends or on a date with a boy? How long before my tender hearted little boy has girls knocking down the door and is consumed with after school sports?
So this weekend, we are driving 4 hours to go to the Aquarium and a beach on the other coast. We’re spending that hard earned cash for some family memories and spending cherished and vanishing time together, before they’re gone.