That Will Be The Beginning - Seize the Day

Great Falls National ParkThis picture was taken in Winter 2004. The Tigers were only three years old. They were just starting to climb trees. You can see that in their faces here. I was thrilled as I tried to play Hide 'n Seek with both of the boys simultaneously. They began a lot of their outdoor finessing in this park, Great Falls National Park.

Great Falls National Park



I'll add this one of the Park so you can appreciate its beauty even though I know you appreciate the beauty of the Tigers and me. Here's how breath-taking the park actually is.

We spent time 'bouldering' - rock climbing. They learned so quickly. Back then, the park visits were not as long as today's hour long hike 'on the adult trail.' It wasn't just at the tot-lot or in the kiddy park. These guys have grown.

My days then were full with sippy cups, naps, playtime. I loved it and relished every minute because time does march on. So today as I look back at those days. I cherish the memory because today we're making some new ones.

And I can't quite fathom what these days will be when when I look back. The time when they were 'little guys' because right now, they are big boys, growing quickly.

So in the note - words of Michelle Obama to Laura Bush:

"There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning." Louis L'Amour

Just as toddlerhood finished and childhood began, so I embrace these stages as we begin again anew. Did I tell you next month the Tigers are "8" years old! That's "8."

What do you seize about today?

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19 comments:

Upstatemomof3 said...

It is amazing to look back on that type of thing. My nephew turns eight mext week and I cannot fathom where the time has gone.

Beth in NC said...

I can hardly stand the thought of my princess being too big to carry and cradle like a baby in my arms. Time does go by so quickly.

Thanks for sharing the sweet picture of you and the boys.

Beth

Kristen said...

I love hiking and playing at the mountains! What beautiful pictures you have...and tigers.

Pam at Antique or Not said...

Such cute boys! I remember those days...my kids called those types of pics "tree-hugging pics"! LOL

Shannon said...

I agree, it goes so quickly. I look at my almost 12 year old son and wonder when he got so big.

Kristen said...

Mr. C and I have been pretty much on target with our training for the half in March. The snow slowed down our short runs but we are keeping up with the long runs.
I'm not too worried about the Krispy Kreme Challenge...I don't have to practice eatting 12 doughnuts :-)

We are THAT Family said...

What a fun picture! We are a hiking family too.

Gigi said...

I LOVE Great Falls National Park! We live about 20 minutes away, so we go fairly often.

I really relate to your thoughts about the years flying by. My baby boy is 16 now, and those sippy cup days still seem so recent. Life is but a dream.

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Time does go by so fast. Right now it feels like I will always be in the toddler/sippy cup/dependent phase, but I know it will be gone before I know it! Such a sweet photo of you and the Tigers! :)
Carrie

LifeAtTheCircus.com said...

Beautiful post! My husband and I are in a quest to visit every NP during our lifetime. Where is Great Falls? We haven't hit it yet, but those pics are beautiful!!

I hear what your saying about the kids growing. My son turns 5 this spring and my daughter 3 next month with my baby a year and a half already! I try hard to savor these moments b/c you are so right... they are passing so quickly!

LifeAtTheCircus.com said...

Beautiful post! My husband and I are in a quest to visit every NP during our lifetime. Where is Great Falls? We haven't hit it yet, but those pics are beautiful!!

I hear what your saying about the kids growing. My son turns 5 this spring and my daughter 3 next month with my baby a year and a half already! I try hard to savor these moments b/c you are so right... they are passing so quickly!

Lisa said...

Childhood, such a wonderful time, does go by quickly. Enjoy the great age of eight!

jennifer said...

EXCELLENT post. And the quote is absolutely perfect.

Jerralea said...

Speaking as a mom that just watched her oldest graduate college this past December, I totally agree with you. We need to seize each moment with our kids, cuz it will be gone in a blink of an eye!

I'm reminding myself that those difficult teen years fly by, too!

Tammy said...

What a wonderful photo of you and the boys.

I can hardly believe my kids will be 10 and 8 this year. *sigh*

Ginger said...

Great photos! Just beautiful. Keep embracing every minute...it really goes by so fast.

KD said...

Having my oldest start high school this year was unbelievable to me. I don't know where the time goes. Every year just goes by quicker and quicker. It is strange to think that the next time there is a presidential election he will be voting! I try to cherish every minute but sometimes we forget!

KD said...

Left you a Meme over on my blog!

Ching Ya said...

Today.. will do my final shopping for the coming lunar new year, then cleaning the house, put a little decorating.. yes, you bet it's gonna be hectic!

Still, I hope to seize the day of the joy of making all of these chores happen with my family. The bonding, the laughters.. you'll find that in the end of the day, that's all matters despite of a tiring figure. ^^