Can you tell which of the above photos is Owen? Which one is Evan? (OK if you have seen the interior of my house then you will be able to tell..but they are practically twins!)
Now that it is September and I have pulled out all of Owen's old clothes for Evan I can't help but reflect on our time in State College when Owen was the age that Evan is now. How simple life was! One small car to get around in (that we finally sold a few months ago!). Incredibly long winter breaks. Spring break. A small townhouse that was easy to clean. No craft room--just pulling out the card table in the living room when I wanted to sew or scrapbook (you know, during the two times a day my baby would nap!). Walks on the beautiful woodsy paths throughout State College. No garage! No bikes or bike trailer! Just our legs and a jogging stroller. No mowing. No snow removal. No mortgage! Four hour road trips to New Jersey, New York City, Hershey, Washington DC, Harrisburg, cute little Amish farms and markets. No food storage since we didn't have room for it anyway. Only what could fit in our cupboards (no pantry). A mother staying home with her new baby. Trips to the mall with him just to walk around!
Life was grand and I miss that life. But oh how I love my life now. I love it so very much! I love my children--all THREE of them! I love our routine. I love making a bottle for Evan. I love things as simple as hot gluing magnets to the back of autumn-colored felt flowers for my magnet board. I love the smell of muffins baking! I love bike rides on a chilly September morning! I love driving Owen to school every morning. I love listening to the "Frozen" soundtrack in the car and seeing my 3 year old grin ear-to-ear when he hears Track Number 3 (Do You Want to Build a Snowman?) I love hearing the roar of my husband's engine as he pulls into the garage after a long, 11 hour work day. I love saying goodbye to him and his freshly-shaven face every morning. Oh how good this life is!