So I don’t spend a lot of time on here talking about my personal life, but sometimes I think it is good to just slow down a moment and reflect. Time goes so fast. I feel like just yesterday I was carrying my baby boy and in the blink of an eye he is four. (Yes, I used a cliche). But it’s true.He’s growing so fast, and his little personality is becoming more and more defined. I’m so busy doing other things, sometimes I have to remind myself to just slow down and enjoy the precious time I have with him.

I’m not sure why I’m sentimental tonight, but I think it is because as I am getting older, I’m starting to realize how quickly things can change. My grandfather turned 89 yesterday. He’s suffering from Alzheimer’s – pretty late stage. My grandmother was diagnosed with macular degeneration the day before. I’m not spreading this across the web to have you feel sorry for me – in fact just the opposite. They have both had wonderful, fulfilled lives and have been great role models in showing us all how to value the important things in life. I pour my heart and soul into my career, and I will continue to work hard at achieving my goals, but every so often I will make myself stop and enjoy life.

Like today – we took Noah to the Strawberry Festival. He had a blast! It was a beautiful day and my father-in-law’s corvette won an award in the car show. So that was a bonus. šŸ™‚ I spent the afternoon taking Noah to play games and enjoy being outside. I saw some of my second graders who are now getting ready to start high school – high school!!!! I couldn’t believe it. Just talking to them and listening to their stories made me proud to be part of their early education. Those kids are going places!

Noah zonked out on the way home and has been asleep ever since. My mind is clear, I feel less stressed, and I know I will work better now that I’ve had a break. So if you’re a workaholic like me, take a moment to slow down. Even if it’s a short moment. Trust me, it’s worth it.