It didn’t take long before I realized it was actually nice without it. We enjoyed a water park and explored the city, but more importantly we met our newest little family member. She’s my first baby niece, the kids first baby cousin. I realized as my daughter held her how fast time is going by. It seems like yesterday she was that tiny and my brother was holding her, now he’s a dad!
It hit me that life is going by right before my eyes. I may only have a few more years of roadtrips where we’ll all be together, before my daughter heads off to college. From that point of view, the arguing in the car seems trivial. Who sat where in the van, who hit who, which one is screaming at the other about a water bottle doesn’t really matter. I am determined to look at these moments in a different light from now on. These are meant to be teachable moments, not ones to get completely frustrated over. These are my kids memories they’re making, character they’re building, habits they’re forming, and I only have a handful of years to make sure they’re good ones.