enjoying the simple things.

>> Wednesday, May 5, 2010

hi everyone...Nicole here.
just wanted to share a layout i made recently about taking the time to simply enjoy who my daughter is right now, at almost 11 years old. (only 12 days to go!) if you're a mama, let's face it...you've received some kind of unsolicited advice/been told stories about how tough this age can be. it's smack dab in the middle of the tween years, boundaries are constantly being tested and independence is a struggle that comes up more often than i may care to admit, lol.
but it's a good time, too.
i love being with her.
i look forward to doing things together whenever we get the chance.
i love that she comes to me without hesitation when she has questions about anything and everything.
simply put...i enjoy her.
the Hello Sunshine 12x12 rub-ons gave me the idea for the title. i left out the word 'enjoy' that was in blue, and instead used my Slice to cut that word from the Blueberry Pie paper. i have always been a HUGE fan of rub-ons in any flavor, lol...but i like to cut them up and use them in different ways. don't be afraid to separate them from the way they are on the sheet...you can always line them back up again if you don't like how they look before adhering them to your final page.
and next time you get the chance, take a second to enjoy your daughter or son...
for who they are at this very second.
and maybe the next time someone laments about how bad it can be at any given age,
just smile and go about your day.


abbey May 5, 2010 at 11:38 AM  

LOVE this, Nik. You are so right. My son just turned 12 and while some days are hard I really love this age and the little glimpses at the "adult" he's going to be. love how you document your relationship.

Cassie May 5, 2010 at 11:52 AM  

Amen. My daughter just turned 11...they are a unique little bundle...I love that she is her own person but still needs me. This layout is fabulous!!!

Cindy May 5, 2010 at 8:52 PM  

loved reading this. mine are still young, Ty being 7 & growing before my eyes, it's really cool seeing how he's becoming his own person. i love his personality & i wish he & i would spend more time together alone, so we could bound more. may have to make it a point to do that more often. i'm afraid i'm gonna miss something :(. anyway, LOVE your layout!!!

Jill May 6, 2010 at 12:24 AM  

This one goes straight to the heart. :)

Ronda Palazzari May 6, 2010 at 7:07 AM  

Such a gorgeous gorgeous layout. I love how you used the rub-ons. If it is any consolation, I have a 16 year old & i survived...although i would prefer to have skipped some of those days!!!

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