Someone once told me that raising children would have good times and some rough times, but that the overall trend was always upward in his experience. After 8 years and 4 months I am in full agreement with him.
And it's nothing huge that makes me say that. I suspect it would probably qualify as boring or at least plain evening for lots of folks. But I sat and read some X-Men comics with Ashley and then sat and read a chapter of Watership Down with Allison before they went to bed. And this is the type of stuff I couldn't wait to do when they were born. Share my interests, discuss the various characters ask and answer questions.
It was a great night.