I remember hearing my Mom say that the best years were when the kids were old enough to all take care of themselves but not old enough to be gone all the time yet with their own plans.
I guess that would be between 5 and 14 or 15. So. That’s where we are. And yes, I’d have to say these are some pretty good years. And I know they won’t last long. This year at Christmastime, the kids pretty much played, ate, and slept all together without fussing! We didn’t see much of them – except when they came tearing through playing pirates, or ninjas, or cowboys, or…
The Teenager is old enough to stay with the others if we need her to, and not old enough yet to have her own plans that take her away from us. Little Sister is 6 and doesn’t need a lot of care anymore (which can be sad if you dwell on it!)
Anyway, I’m in agreement – these are the best years of our lives – for now anyway!!!!