My words to live by right now are: they are only young once. I want to be able to experience what I can with my children because one day, they will be able to go and do whatever they want without me.
I use to think that I could miss this event or that event because they would not notice that I was not there. I don't anymore because I don't know how many events they will have. With school funding cuts I may not get to go on the field trips that I use to go on. Last year my son told me at the last minute that he wanted me to go on his field trip. I made the arrangements and went. I am glad that I did because this year, there are no field trips.
This year, my daughter had Kindergarten Share Day. I wouldn't have missed it for the world! She was so excited to show me her classroom and what she does there. She also loved that she was able to ride the bus home, which she cannot do everyday.
Today is my son's musical day. He is just part of the chorus because he did not want to try out for a part, but I know that he wants me there and I will be there to see him and cheer for him.