Most mornings, I shuffle down the stairs with Sam and his blanket in one arm and holding Nia's hand with my other. We come into the kitchen and Sammy wants to eat immediately and starts flinging loaves of bread and bags of bagels out of the cupboard if he is not fastened into his chair and served something Right Now. On this particular morning, I was cleaning up after breakfast, Sam was running laps through the kitchen, living room, family room and hallway…and Nia was jumping on the couch. My husband had Sports Center on at a volume of Way Too Loud, and Nia was announcing, "I'm a Super Hero! I'm a Super Hero! I'm a Super Hero!…" It was the perfect opportunity for my very first photo of the year. This is our life. This is how we wake up every day, and I know that it is temporary.
Someday I am going to wake up to a quiet house. I am going to sit down with my cup of tea in the kitchen and the television will not be on, there will not be a little person running laps yelling, "GO! GO!", there will not be a preschooler flying on the couch insisting that I "LOOOK at MEEE, Mom!". And I will miss it. I will miss this chaos.
I will be so sad, but I will be so happy that I have these photos to remind me of the amazing mornings I got to experience every single day…even if it was only for a short while.