It isn't often that I have a couple of free hours (especially in the summertime) where I am alone with just one of my children. Opportunity struck yesterday and my youngest and I headed to the local beach to splash around. I love to step back without any kind of plan and just watch. Childhood is such a magical time to relive once more, but from the eyes of an observer. And as I am quickly discovering as my own children change and grow overnight, it's also a time that is painfully and beautifully brief. In the blink of an eye, this warm sun-filled evening with my favorite little guy will be just a distant memory.