I've been in a little bit of a slump lately. Maybe you could tell by my lack of posts? Sorry about that.
We have been pretty busy, but who hasn't? But in all of our busy-ness, do we take time to stop and be in the moment? To notice the little things?
My oldest girl has been begging me to have a tea party for a little while now. I always put it off, saying "Mommy has a lot to do today" or "Not today, maybe tomorrow."
So, yesterday I got busy with my garden and we still didn't have the tea party, even though she had been begging me all morning.
This morning, she brought her dishes into my room and asked again. I felt that little niggle of guilt that I needed to stop being busy and start enjoying. I'm starting to think it's a choice. I heard someone say recently that when your kids are getting on your nerves, instead of wanting them to change, why not see what you can change about yourself. Am I being too busy with what I think is important? Am I putting my wants and hobbies before my kids? I might just find that when they are acting more clingy than normal, it's because I'm not paying them the attention they need.
Yesterday, I was outside pushing my littlest on her swing. She loves to swing. And as soon as she starts swinging, she just gets the giggles and it's the sweetest thing ever. My phone was inside the house, and I just really tried to be in the moment with her. Sometimes, this toddler mommy thing is hard. Really hard. But it's moments like that where we need to really try to soak it up.
And so today we had a tea party.
I got out my tea set and made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (I cut theirs out with a heart shaped cutter) and had pretzels. I also put some candy hearts into the sugar bowl and put the lid on and that was their surprise if they ate good. We ate at a tiny table their size in the living room. We had water instead of tea. BUT. We had fun and it wasn't hard. It didn't even take up much more time than a regular lunch. You got to eat anyway, right? Why not use your fancy tea set once in awhile and make it special? The girls loved it and we even face-timed Grandma to invite her to our tea party (she lives a couple hours away.)
It took me a few minutes before I realized this though.
My little girl wearing her big sissy's new pink shoes. It was such a sweet moment for me. The little things like this are so important for them.
Now the dishes are dirty...
...but it's ok. I had such a good morning with my girls doing just a little extra thing. And the dishes will get done eventually.
I'm not a perfect mom by any means, but I may just be learning a little bit here and there. Maybe that's why Grandparents are so great. They have figured it all out already and are doing what we should be doing. Spending time with their grandkids when they are with them and enjoying every little bit of them.
Hope you have a great week everyone. I'll try to get some more recipes up soon, but in the meantime, I'll be enjoying my family and soaking up the sweet moments. Hope you can too.