I have realized that these moments don’t have to be big, or well-planned out, moments. It’s the simple sweet things that make life special & valuable to him. An extra twenty minutes at bedtime to play a board game together. A simple walk around the block with his bike. Blowing bubbles together on the back porch. Or just writing his name together in the sand. One of my favorite quotes as a parent is one that you have heard, but a great reminder to slow down and cherish these years. “Enjoy the little things in life, because one day you will look back and realize they were the big things.”
Every once in awhile, you come across a book that captures all your feelings in words. When I found this personalized book from I See Me!: Andrew, We Wish You More, I knew that this would be the perfect book for my sweet little son. This would be a book for him and I to read together and to look at for years to come. If you have a preschooler, I think that you will nod your head and agree that the last full year at home before the school years is one to cherish. A year to wish, a year to slow down, & a year to treasure.
So as my son enters his last year of preschool, I am writing this post for him. Many of the wishes that I have for my son are unsaid, so I love that this book captures the unwritten thoughts and wishes that I have for him. Not only are the words special and sweet, but the illustrations are imaginative and beautiful. I wanted to share some of my favorite wishes that I have for him found in his new personalized book. This post is also a reminder to myself & hopefully some of you to treasure these little years because soon enough our wild, crazy, & lovable preschoolers will grow up and these moments are ones that we will never get back.
Among the busy days, I want Andrew to slow down and realize that there is fun that can be found in the small slow things of life. Take some time to look for four leaf clovers. Enjoy the time to sit and look at books for an hour. Have fun spending all morning making up imaginative games in the backyard on the swing set. In the busy world that we live in, it’s hard to realize that the world is just as fun when you slow down and enjoy life just around you.
At the age of four, it’s hard to think too much beyond yourself. But we try to teach our kids that life is the best when you have people to do life with you. Treasure your friends & family. Treasure the strangers that you meet upon the street. The “we” is a lot more fun than “me” all the time.
If you have ever watched a kid get excited for snow, then you know what this means. Trying to catch each snowflake on their tongue is impossible, but it’s really fun to try. To me, each snowflake is an exciting new opportunity. I hope that my son experiences so many opportunities ahead of him that life is fun & exciting trying to do it all. You only life live once, so have fun with what lies ahead!
If there’s one thing I treasure from my son, it’s his simple & sweet stories about the day. He loves when Daddy gets home and he can tell him the story about how much fun he had playing ninja at the park or pretending to scuba dive at the pool. These stories may be ordinary to someone else, but to Andrew it’s what makes life special. I hope he continues to have an infinite amount of stories as his years pass by.
We wish all of this for you, because you, Andrew, are everything we could wish for and more. And it’s so true. This little four year old son was prayed for before he was even born & we are so thankful for gift of life that he has brought to our family. So as we enter this special last year of preschool, this is the year that I wish for more with him. More laughter. More one-on-one time. More memories & moments because this is a year that you will never get back.
The personalized I Wish You More book is written by New York Times bestselling book creators Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld. To learn more about this wonderful book, make sure to visit I See Me!. I See Me! is a great place to find personalized, unique gifts for little ones. This book would be a great gift for people of all ages, from newborns to newlyweds, as you wish them well in life to come. The personalized I Wish You More book is one to treasure for years to come.
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