Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

If you like the Arrows Sent Forth facebook page, then perhaps you've been reading the week-long series that I've been sharing at The Mother of All Trips which celebrates her 10-year anniversary as a traveling mom. She has offered lots of tips, heartfelt stories, and adorable memories, and other bloggers have joined in the fun.

The week wraps up (just in time for Mother's Day) with travel blogging moms sharing their favorite photo. Since I'm typically behind the camera during our travels, most of my favorite photos are shots of the Arrows or my husband enjoying the various destinations we've visited. But my husband snapped this picture recently at WonderLab, a children's museum in Bloomington, Indiana that I wrote about last week.

There's a few reasons I love it. Mostly, it sums up life for me these days. One hand keeping tabs on Big Arrow, while the rest of me holds, cuddles, and transports Little Arrow (thank you, Ergo,* for making that a little easier!)

And do I look a little exhausted? Of course. Because I am, most of the time.

But I'm also smiling. Life with these two little guys is so, so sweet (and sometimes so, so hard). And I really feel like I'm the best mom I can be when we're out and about, seeing the world. At home, I'm often distracted by everything that needs to get done. And yet I know the years with young kids is fleeting. Adventures force us to stop and savor these moments, to take it all in.

Like splashing around in the water table at a children's museum. In 10 years, I'm confident we'll no longer be doing that. And that's ok... there are always bigger adventures on the horizon. But I'm glad I'm making the most of these baby/toddler/preschool years while I have them.

Note to self: Read this post tomorrow when the day starts at 4 a.m., you're grumpy, contemplating remaining in your pajamas all day, and already guzzling a Diet Coke.

If you'd like to see other favorite photos from traveling moms, stop by The Mother of All Trips.

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