Out of all the things in life I love experiencing, growing up and witnessing my friends build their families has got to be at the top! My best friend, Ashley, has been raising two beautiful, smart, and wild boys. I always thought I "understood" what it must be like to be a young mom, but truthfully, I had no idea. I'm now able to share the joys of motherhood with her and I think I have a better understanding. I spent a Saturday morning with Ashley and her husband Kris, and of course, their tribe leaders - Grayson and Landon. These are the moments that define us, that shape our families, and make us feel alive.
What is it like being a boy mom?
"Well, it keeps me on my toes. Being a boy mom means fart noises, BMX races, light saber duels, jam sessions, and at least four panic attacks per day. I love my boys with all of my heart and I cherish every hug and cuddle.
A typical Saturday includes: a lot of coffee (for me) and chocolate milk (for the boys), morning yoga, and tons of activities. We color, we draw, we jump on the trampoline, we play in the tree house, we practice writing, and we ride bikes. Mostly, we enjoy being together."
Becoming a mom to two beautiful boys has changed me in so many ways. From the moment that I held my oldest son in my arms for the first time, my life was forever changed. It was now my responsibility to raise a smart, healthy, kind, loving, gentleman. Fast forward to September 2013, and multiply that responsibility by 2. It was now my responsibility to raise two smart, healthy, kind, loving, gentlemen.
"20 years from today, I will be 46.
I will have a 25 year old son and a 23 year old son with a 24th birthday fast-approaching. I like to think I will look back on this time of my life and pat myself on the back. I will probably remember this time of my life as the most challenging, yet also the most precious and important. 46 year old me will look back and remember two sleepy little boys finding their way to my bed on the nights that they woke up scared from a bad dream. 46 year old me will remember the heart break of the first school drop-off, and 46 year old me will remember all of the sleepy morning smiles."
"I think my favorite part about watching my boys grow up is just that --
watching them grow up.
It has been such a gift watching them grow from tiny new babies, into curious toddlers, into the wild and sweet little boys that they are today."