Today I'm taking my cue from write alm.
Be present. This is a topic I've thought a lot about lately. I owe it all to having my 4th child. Since having Ceci I've been more present than I ever have been.
Perspective? I think that has a lot to do with it. It seems like just yesterday that my oldest was the age of my youngest. It goes by so very fast, this I know. Couple that with having strong memories of being the age of my oldest, and WOW.
All my life I've been a follower of "when". When I xyz, such and such will be. Gosh, so much time I've wasted waiting for when!! Having a little one who demands you to pay attention to them right this second sure cures you of "when".
Being present - enjoying the here and now has been wonderful for me, not so much for blogging. I have a hard time balancing the two. In order to blog and document my life, I feel like I need to be an observer. That's not so great for being present. When I'm enjoying the moment, the last thing I feel like doing is pulling out my camera to capture the moment, then making mental notes to re-tell it. This is my experience. Perhaps I'm not so great at multitasking.
I know it can be done. There has to be a happy medium. I want to do both - be present AND document. I know I can do this. I want to do it for my children.
Today was a great day. The only thing on our agenda was a 9:00 soccer game for Ava. I brought my camera. It was a challenge to take photos while entertaining Ceci, but I made it work. Handing her off to Lily after half-time helped.
After soccer, our day was wide open.
Alex and Ava played with the neighborhood kids while I tackled my bedroom. Oh my. Cleaning and rearranging my bedroom has been on my agenda for months. It's mostly done. The cleaning and purging feels so GOOD. All that is left are the walls. Art must be hung.
Before it got too late I escaped to the grocery for supper ingredients. Alex requested potstickers, so potstickers for supper it was. Preparing a meal for my family is totally my thing. When I'm cooking for them, I'm in my element. Unfortulately, Ava fell asleep before supper was ready. Poor thing was worn out. Alex told me that supper was good and it was just the taste he was craving. Mission accomplished. I'm sure Lily will be sorry that she missed it. She was at a sleep over - 'tis the age to never be home. (see?? they go from totally dependent to not needing you in no time!!)
As I'm writing this post I'm enjoying a glass of pinot noir, most of my kids are in bed, and I'm not far behind them...
In my mind, our day was perfect. I don't know what could have made it better :)