Living in the moment

This statement stopped me in my tracks. While my 4 year old has an incredible memory (which blows my mind) and also is a planner (just like his mama) I couldn’t help but think about how true this is. Children truly live in the moment.

As adults, we can get stuck with things going through our heads, overthinking and rethinking, looking far into the future, and so busy on our phones. I know I’m guilty of all of those things.

I know it’s hard to give each child your full attention all of the time because there is always something else going on.

I know that I always love having something fun to look forward to, but having plans can be a totally different thing… Fran once said to me, “When we plan, God Laughs.” And that has been with me ever since and I think about that saying regularly! Honestly, because having two young children (and a husband) it’s so true!

Life the past few years had been rough with not knowing where we were going to end up, and I had grand plans, and all of those ideas that I had, had to change. This really tested my Type A Personality and thinking back I really need to start living in the moment, just like my children; The Brotherhood.

I’m going to do my best to live in each moment. I’m going to try to put my phone down and focus on just being. (Although I’m obsessed with taking pictures, but I know sometimes that means I’m not fully living in that moment.) I am going to do my best to go with the flow. I now know it’s so true that the days may be long, but the years are short.

Here’s to living in the moment.

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1 on 1 and 2 on 1

Once H was born I knew we had to make sure to take time to spend 1 on 1 or 2 on 1 time with L. (And now H too since he’s older!)

I know that the younger one does need more attention at this point in his life and L is a wonderful big brother. At times I can see him looking for some more attention and sometimes that comes out in acting out.

I was doing good taking L out to do special things before the move, but the move and house hunting has been a huge thing and I know I’ve not done my best lately getting each boy their own time with me.

This week I was able to take L for froyo which he loved! Today Matt and I are taking him to see a children’s theater production and I think he will love that!

I’m hoping in the upcoming weeks when it’s nice I can walk to get L from school and we can walk to lunch! (Living in a walkable city is a whole new adventure and we are LOVING IT!)

I know I’m far from perfect. I just am doing my best to raise two gentleman and I want to make sure they both know how loved they are, and they are loved by so many.

What are some things you do with your kids that are 1 on 1 or 2 on 1?