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Vaun with Bryce, Zane & Cade
When my oldest child was born, I remember a friend's mother telling me to enjoy all the stages of my new baby's life; because she'll grow up so fast, and I will miss these newborn days. During middle-of-the-night feedings and the terrible twos, the days didn't seem to pass so fast. But looking back, it's moved at rocket speed! Now, 10 years later, I don't know where the time has gone. My baby is no longer a baby; she's a tween complete with Jonas Brothers-itis!

This adage is true with each new baby. In fact, I think with each child, the days seem to move even more rapidly – the speed of light. Maybe it's because with each addition to the family dynamics, you get busier and life gets crazier.

I can't believe that my second son, Cade, who seemed to be born just "yesterday," will be entering kindergarten this fall. In order to register him for this milestone, we have had to perform all sorts of tasks: finding his birth certificate, filling out scads of paperwork, visiting doctors, updating shots, and standing in line at 4:00 a.m. to ensure a spot in the morning session. I know he'll succeed in kindergarten, because he's very social and inquisitive. I think I am going to be the one having a hard time saying good-bye. But, I will savor this stage of his life, because it will also go way too fast.

Spring is a great time to take pleasure in relationships and celebrate friendships. I love seeing Bakersfield's parks and bike paths come alive with people enjoying the long-awaited sunshine. I enjoy every chance I get to ride bikes with my family. (And, it also helps to have a very cute, very stylish pink and black beach cruiser to ride on).

In addition to spring break from school, April also brings Easter with its decorated eggs hidden cleverly for children to find and its baskets brimming with fake grass and chocolate bunnies to eat. In this issue on page 14, Tracie Grimes details some fun and affordable Springtime Crafts such as Elegant Eggs and Peter Cottontail Goodie Cups. If you want more crafty ideas and tips, don't forget to check out our web site at www.kerncountyfamily.com.

Dave Hook, soon-to-be-father of twin boys, also knows how to take the time to smell the proverbial roses, especially here in Kern County. This month in his Day Trippin' article on page 15, he writes about the Tehachapi Loop. He says it might be tricky to find, but this loop is one of the world's greatest engineering marvels and a Mecca for railroad enthusiasts.

In the Mothers, Shakers, and Community Makers article on page 8, I interviewed Bryce Hatch, a local filmmaker and high school teacher, who really knows how to make the most of his time. He shot a feature film, Stamped!, in two weeks at Frontier High School, and it recently premiered at the Fox Theatre. I enjoyed seeing his high school digital media department and thinking, "I want my kids to be part of his program when they're older."

In Tracie Grimes's monthly "Humor at Home" articles, she always seems to tap into motherhood issues that I can relate to all too well. This month is no exception. In her article, "Fight Against the Grime," on page 7, she talks about the constant battle of fighting kid-inspired stains: markers on walls, juice spilled on carpet, or Cheetos-colored hand prints on white couches. If you have kids, how do you keep your house's walls their original color? Seriously, I want to know.

As April rushes by and May appears before you know it, enjoy the distinctiveness this month has to offer. Enjoy the moments of your life… they really do go by way too fast.

P.S. Don't forget to take advantage of April Fool's Day when you can get away with playing a trick on a friend!

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