Happy Saturday, Being "Present", and a Giveaway Winner~

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!


Becca Ross said...

Thank you for sharing. This is a great reminder! I'm trying to grow my school/education blog right now and find that I'm spending a lot of time with my laptop and less time with my kids. I really appreciate this post. Today is a day to be present.


Cassie Bustamante said...

happy birthday to her! sounds like a great day, and so nice to just get to spend it with the family. my mom's birthday was this past week and we are doing something similar... for her gift i am taking her to see the vow tomorrow and then out for thai :)

Peggy Lee said...

Happy 9th to your sweet girl. Next year she will be TWO numbers!! :o)

I always made it a point to not be distracted when my son got home from school. It was the time when he talked to me the most.
I also made sure he had a good home cooked breakfast before leaving for school. I called it brain food.

You have brought back alot of special memories with this post...thank you. My "baby" is now 25.

Unknown said...

Just spent the day with small one and daddy is giving her a bath now. It 's always a bit of a struggle to stay in 'the now' thanks for the reminder.

raggygirlvintage said...

Sometimes it's hard to make that choice as we just get caught up in it all, but I never heard anyone say they regretted spending too much time with their kids!! Good for you:-)

Paula said...

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