Hold on to childhood. At least for today… #cherishchildhood

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This heartwarming look back at the special moments of 2013 was made possible by Gymboree who provided a gift card in exchange for my sentiments. Opinions are my own and not those of Gymboree.

It’s so easy to get caught up in responsibility.




All the things adults do in the course of a day to make sure that the entire family can do what they need to do the next day.

But often that stuff gets in the way.

We forget.

We forget that they are only kids for so long.

But then every once in awhile you have one of those moments where everything stops.

Everything stops and the only thing that matters is that moment.

That moment where they are being silly.

That moment where they are just being kids.

And you cherish it.

And you capture it, hoping you will never forget.

My daughter is my free spirit. She is always lost in her imagination. She is a socks and sandals, stripes and polka dots kinda girl – she likes to break all the rules. If it shouldn’t go together, she puts it together. She is the kinda smart that leaves us wondering if she has managed to pull one over on us all the time. She loves dresses and ladybugs and digging in the dirt.

Abby age 5 – Moments to Cherish from 2013

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My son is my by-the-book guy – he believes rules are to be followed. He likes to look good and is a natural salesman. He loves to read and can beat most adults at Scrabble but when it comes to common sense, he’s the guy turning the light switch on the get the fan to spin. He loves Minecraft and all things sports especially football and baseball.

Jake age 9 – Moments to Cherish from 2013


It was hard to pick those 32 photos. Just 16 photos for each of my children that summed up an entire year so far. For me it goes way beyond just the photo. It’s a look or a memory associated with each one that makes each one of those 32 moments in time, a moment to cherish. And they serve as a reminder to make sure I don’t forget to capture many, many more moments just like them.

Moments like their first day of school.

Gymboree reminds us all to stop and cherish childhood one day at a time with a touching new video they created to remind us that “today we’ve got to play” in their #cherishchildhood campaign.

They simply can’t grow up today.

But tomorrow will be here in the blink of an eye.

We only grow up when we forget how to play.

What will you play with your kids today?

Apparently we are going to play restaurant. I hope she knows how to make a filet…

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  1. says

    I LOVE this campaign! You put together those photos beautifully and I think they really represent your kiddos well.

    Can you believe it’s almost October?! I can’t believe how the year is just ZOOMING by. I am not ready for my kids to be another year older. Cherishing them in the phases they are in can be hard (especially when those phases are challenging) but I try SO HARD.

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    They really do grow up way too fast. I feel like once school starts back up, we’re constantly on the go and before we know it, it will be June and another school year will be under our belts.

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