~ You’re gonna miss this ~

As a quintessential country music fan, I am often inspired by the heartfelt lyrics of sensitive musicians who write of their life experiences.

You’re gonna miss this; you’re gonna want this back. You’re gonna  wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast. These are some good times. Take a good look around. You may not know it now, but you’re gonna miss this.

How true of us as parents. Each day is precious. The kids may be having one of their crazy wild moments, but someday we will miss even this.  Next month two of my kids will be headed to college as freshman and sophomore. A big ol’ hole will be left in the fabric of our lives, but this is commonly called “growing up” in our culture, and I am cool with that. Sometimes.

I thought I would post for you some family pics that were taken on our recent trip to the aquarium in Chattanooga. This is what I am going to miss…family time.

Ready to rock!

Ready to rock!

Welcome to my family! Back row L to R is Taylor (16), Nick (18), and Frank (14). Front row is Lydia (8), AD (10), Lauren (17), Olivia (12), and Lilie (6).

Ad and Lilie

Ad and Lilie

Frank and Taylor @ fish petting zoo

Frank and Taylor @ fish petting zoo

 

Lydia in a pensive moment

Lydia in a pensive moment

Nick after Red Bull

Nick after Red Bull

Lauren contemplates primordial ooze

Lauren contemplates primordial ooze

 

Olivia chills with friends

Olivia chills with friends

Mom with all the girls who were making funny faces so that is why you only see me!

Mom with all the girls who were making funny faces so that is why you only see me!

Where is Tim in all of this? He was behind the camera in some of the pics. I’ll be sure to get some pics of him up here before too long. We had a blast but we must have caught some bug while we were in town because almost all of us developed a “mystery flu” just a few days after our trip. Small price to pay for priceless memories though.

I know you are making your own Summer of 2008 memories with your family. Here’s to good times that will pass only too quickly. Enjoy your children to the extreme today! Hug each one of them at least once, even if they are teenagers.

Thank you for popping in! Oh — one more pic for you —

Ramses wonders where everyone went!

Ramses wonders where everyone went!

 Happy Tuesday!

joanne

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2 Responses to ~ You’re gonna miss this ~

  1. Gayle says:

    Joanne,

    I have enjoyed your blog so much! Thanks for sharing your family pics with us! What a great bunch of kids! I had to smile at the pic of Frank and the long hair. My 14-year-old son looks just like that! We go round and round…BTW, I love that Trace Adkins song also. How true those words are! Our oldest just got married in January, the second is away at college, and we are trying like crazy to enjoy every moment with our son who is still home. Time just goes way too fast!

  2. urthemom says:

    Thanks for the message, Gayle. Wow ~ a married son or daughter and one at college. You know all about life beyond homeschooling years then! That is pretty cool that you have a long-haired 14 year old as well…what are the chances? Hmmm…and a country music fan? Sure y’all shouldn’t move up here to TN? =D

    hugs,
    joanne

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