These Are the Good Old Days


Right now, my family lives in a house that is just the right size. We have no extra space. We have four people, three bedrooms and one-point-five bathrooms. My husband is a full-time student and full-time stay-at-home dad. I work outside of the home 40 hours a week. We drive average cars, don’t go on fancy vacations, and we’re working on building a better future for our family. But that’s not to say that these aren’t good times. In fact, I can tell that someday I will look back on this era as the good old days.


Our life right now is busy, but also simple.

We’re working really hard, but it’s easy to keep our family as our focus. My job isn’t overly demanding, and my husband is at home with our kids all but 12 hours per week. Our children aren’t involved in a bunch of extra-curricular activities because they’re one and four years old. Right now, my children love nothing more than spending time with me and my husband, and that’s pretty cool. It’s also very fleeting.

Little Helpers

When I come home from work, my preschooler excitedly pulls her chair up to the kitchen counter to help me cook dinner. While it lengthens the preparation process, I know I’m teaching her a life skill and spending quality time with her. Someday in the future, I’m sure I’ll walk in the door from work and won’t even see her until she comes home from her friend’s house a few minutes before bedtime. These are hard days, but these are days I will miss.

On weekends, we spend our time riding bikes, going grocery shopping and having dinner with friends. There aren’t weekend getaways to the mountains or a couple’s trip to California. We are hopelessly and lovingly bound to our children 24 hours a day, and it won’t always be that way. Someday, both of our kids will be in college, or married with families of their own. There won’t be tiny footsteps waking us up at 5:45 every morning, or high-pitched voices asking us to play Candy Land.

I’m told I’ll miss it, and I believe it, because these really are the good old days.

The Good Old Days

I recognize that things will only get busier and more complicated from here. In a way, I’m looking forward to it. It will be easier when our kids are both in school full-time and can ride the bus. It will be nice when they can spend the night at friends’ houses, and drive themselves places. It’ll be less expensive to have them stay home alone rather than hire a babysitter.

All those things will be great, but I know I’ll always look back fondly on these good old days.

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Sara was born in Colorado Springs, and lived here her entire life until she attended college at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. There, she earned her degree in Journalism and Political Science. Sara met her husband, Luke, in the summer of 2008 while working at Wag N Wash Healthy Pet Center, although they didn't start dating until 2011 - after Sara had graduated from college and Luke had joined the Air Force. They married in 2012, when Luke was stationed in a small town in West Texas. Shortly after moving to the Lone Star State, Sara started her career in local television. She did everything from running the cameras, to producing the five o'clock news, to creating marketing campaigns for local businesses. Sara's daughter Cora was born in 2013, and Sara got her first taste of being a full-time working mom while living over 600 miles from her own parents. Luke's Air Force enlistment ended in the summer of 2015, so they high-tailed it back to Colorado Springs. Now, Sara lives near Old Colorado City and works in the marketing department of a law firm in Downtown Colorado Springs. She loves spending time with her family, cooking, biking, photography and playing with makeup (that’ll happen after working in television in Texas).