We had a great Memorial Day picnic at Coyote Point with our friends. It has been 20+ years since I stepped foot in that park, so needless to say, it has changed quite a bit! The kids LOVED the Magic Mountain playground there, and despite the semi-gloomy weather, we had lots of fun!
Something strange also happened this weekend. Bridgette grew up overnight. I know, that doesn’t really make sense, but it’s like she just ‘officially’ became a little girl instead of a toddler. Maybe that already happened the day she turned 3, and perhaps I’ve been in denial since then, but I honestly didn’t feel it until this weekend. I kept looking at her in amazement, because I no longer see the baby girl in her. I see a bright, vivacious little girl, full of energy and charisma, ready to conquer the world….so full of her own personality and characteristics. She has an opinion on everything, and is very expressive, which we encourage. I will admit that I miss the baby-ness in her, but at the same time, I couldn’t be more excited to continue this journey with her. Maybe one day she won’t cuddle up to me the way she does now, with her hands cupping my face and her big brown eyes staring into mine. Or she may not loudly declare her love for me in front of others. But that’s okay. I will cherish and soak up every bit of her simple love now, and do my best to grow with her, so that we (hopefully) won’t face the generational gap issues that many parents face with their children.