Hello my lovelies! It's a happy Saturday around here.
Today we're celebrating the Princess' 9th birthday (which actually falls next week) with a family trip to the movies. Truth be told, as much as I love to throw a birthday party- and I really do love to do that - it's great to have a celebration where all I have to do is be there. Sometimes being present really is the most important thing.
That's something I've been thinking a lot about lately. Being a "present" mother. Because I work from home, and I love what I do, it can be very easy to get caught up in my work. It can be a hard choice to make when both my job and my kiddos seem to be demanding my attention at the same time. While my oldest two head off to school bright and early, both of my littlest guys have school in the afternoon, so they are home with me in the mornings. I have been trying to keep the computer off for the majority of the morning so that I can draw with them, play with them, listen to them. But then I find myself checking email on my phone, which can lead to sending a tweet here or there, checking in on the blog for just a second. Balancing the two is something I'm striving to learn. Because those sweet little kiddos will only be little for a minute. And I don't want to look back when they're grown and wish I had rocked them, or read to them, or built legos with them a little more often.
And I also like to have the computer off when the kids get home from school. It's important to me to hear about their days, to sit and help them with their homework, to laugh with them. By the time we're done with homework, dinner needs to be prepared. After dinner and clean up, it's time to settle for the night. I get the kiddos ready for bed, tuck them in ...and then I go to finish my work. It's crazy, but it's worth it. Because I love my work, but in the end, my family is what matters most.
And so today I will enjoy the Princess' birthday trip to the movies. I'll take the time to listen to my kiddos' silly jokes, to revel in their laughter. I'll immerse myself in their childhood world and soak it all in while I can. I will strive to be present even when life tries to divert my attention elsewhere. Because they are mine and I am so grateful.
I hope you have a happy and "present" Saturday too!
And the winner of the Windows by Melissa giveaway is Jenalee. Congratulations Jenalee! Please email me and we'll get you set up with your prize!