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The first day of summer vacation!

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I love living downtown. Last night, the kids spoke excitedly about their wish list for the first day of summer vacation.  They wanted a picnic in the park and ice cream. So simple–so sweet!

The weather was perfect. We watched the ducks and enjoyed a cool breeze while eating our lunch.

We had great conversations on the grass–our goals and wishes for summer. They both told me that they missed spending the days with me during the school year. I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude that I could be with them.

Time is something that most of us take for granted. I spent most of my life in the future or the past–rarely in the moment. Having kids forces you into the present. Their eye contact, expressions, and tiny voices bring you in to the now.

My life has definitely changed since I became a mother to these two. My goal is raising two very good humans. I practice slowing down and listening to their thoughts and dreams.

My son amazed us with some cool historical facts from his recent field trip to the park. We rode the carousel for the first time this season. We savored our ice cream and walked in slow lazy circles taking in the beauty.

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There is a saying that the best things in life aren’t “things.”

It’s true. The best things in life are MOMENTS.