This morning I was kicking my heels up in glee. It is my first child free day in 3 weeks (first world issue I know) and some of you are probably reading this thinking… Ha! I should be so lucky. I know, it is not lost on my how Princessy (it’s a word 😉 ) that statement can sound. It’s just that, when are you used to having a day and by day I mean 9:30 – 2:30 to yourself once a week you get to really love it and rely on it. When you don’t have that chance for a few weeks you start to miss it and crave it.
It’s not because you (I) don’t love your (my) children, It’s just that, those few hours when you’re not needed and you’re the master of your own destiny are really lovely.
This morning I have been to the gym, tidied up around the house (and it’s staying tidy), I took a shower (I didn’t have small people jumping on my bed, pulling down things, getting into things and I’m powerless to stop them) and it was lovely.
I then sat down to the computer with some lunch and read the below quote. It killed me. I immediately wanted to race out the door and go get the kids. I’ll stop to let you read it…
“You will never have this day with your children again. Tomorrow they will be a little bigger then they are today. This day is a gift. Breathe and notice. Smell and touch them; study their faces and little feet and pay attention. Relish the charms of the present. Enjoy today mama. It will be over before you know it.” – Jen Hatmaker
Doozie isn’t it!!?? If your kids are with you I bet you’re looking at them differently and giving them a cuddle and if they are at kindy or school like mine are I bet you’re looking forward to pick up more than you were this morning.
It is such a great reminder for being in the moment with your child. Don’t wish away the time (as I am prone to doing on a bad day or when the kids are going through a difficult stage). Give your kids cuddles and kisses. Put the phone down or step away from the computer (after you’ve finished reading this of course 😉 ) and go and get on the floor with your kids and play, read a book, build with blocks, duplo or lego. Go to the park and kick a ball. Help your babies put their dollies to sleep or even have a cuddle on the couch whilst they have some quiet time watching their favourite TV show.
I know I too need to do this more and appreciate the day and the time with them more. I am going to put this quote on the fridge so I can remind myself every time I feel myself getting frustrated. If this touches a chord with you too I hope you’ll do the same.
Give your kids a hug, enjoy playtime and capture ordinary and special moments. Then, when the moment is gone forever you will have the memory of the moment on film.
Be present & enjoy your babies. Don’t wish away the time. Have a wonderful weekend.
P.S… I think this is why I enjoy photography so much as it allows me to capture moments big and small. I especially love capturing those ordinary moments as they are the ones easily forgotten. Looking at a photograph and having that moment in time brought back to life in your memory is priceless. Jx