Today I watched my middle child walk down the aisle to the sounds of Pomp and Circumstance for the first time. My arms held my 2 1/2 week old niece who weighs less than 7 lbs. and her twin sister was being held just down the row.

I didn't think I would cry, but when they put up a picture of my almost 5 year old little boy next to a picture of him in the first few weeks of life I couldn't help it. Oh how people try to tell you that time flies, but the dirty diapers and the tearful days, the screaming that interrupts your sleep and all the body functions that inevitably end up somewhere on you make each day seem like an interminable lifetime of its own. And then weeks, months, years go by and you look up and realize you don't have any babies any more. And what you wouldn't give for one more time to kiss their cheeks, or see their gummy smiles - to hold them fast asleep in your arms and know that in that moment all the world is perfect for them.

It's crazy to think that some people have never seen their child's face or wouldn't be able to tell which child on the stage was their own. My husband can't make out anything more than shapes further than about 12-18 inches away without glasses or contacts. It's important to take care of your sight; in fact, my husband is headed over to an eye doctor appointment as we speak.

But if you don't have insurance or don't have the money for the copay, you can get a FREE eye exam this weekend from Transitions lenses, in partnership with Essilor and First Eye Care. They will be in Dallas at Taste Addison this weekend, May 18-20, 2012. Attendees can come by their booth for the Ultimate Sightseeing Experience including free vision screenings for the whole family, the opportunity to get your photo taken in front of a scenic backdrop and the chance to win prizes and giveaways!

The best part is that rather than being a beating to fit into your schedule - you can combine it with a fun family activity like Taste of Addison.

Location: Addison Circle Park (4970 Addison Circle Drive)
Dates and Times: Friday, May 18 from 6 pm – midnight
Saturday, May 19 from noon – midnight
Sunday, May 20 from noon – 5 pm
I also found out you can get discounted tickets for $10 from Albertsons. They're good anytime during the event, or you can get $5 tickets good for before 5 p.m. on Saturday or anytime Sunday. Children under the age of 3 are FREE.

Sunday, I'll be tweeting live from the event. Would love to see you there.

  1. I received compensation to participate in a SocialMoms and Transitions lenses blogging program. The 
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