I can't count the number of times people told me to enjoy my kids while they were little because they grow so fast. It's true. They did grow fast, but I didn't stop loving them the moment my son's voice changed or my daughter developed hips and a somewhat obsessive interest in cute boys. They were fun while they were little - and they still are. In fact, I think they get better with time. Wiping bottoms and runny noses can't compare with exchanging books and laughing about jokes that actually make sense.
Here are some advantages to having older kids;
First off, they are still cute. Look at that face.
I still get to make her hair all pretty.
They can still be silly. Here we are at the dinosaur quarry in Vernal Utah. They are touching a real dinosaur bone. (They have a designated place for people to touch the bones.)
The quarry was actually pretty packed, but I never had to worry about someone wandering off or running away.
We can stand by rivers and not worry that someone is going to drown.
In a few months I will get my own personal errand boy.