Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Live in the Moment

So Brooklynn is getting over her cough from Thanksgiving and I have now noticed that when she is sick she misbehave's a lot more. I think it is because we try to keep her away from Cameron as much as we can. So she feels like she gets less attention and can't be our helper. Monday was a rough day. Ryan was home all day with me and we both were about ready to pull our hair out. I know that everyone has a bad day and kids go through these moments.Like the day Brooklynn kept getting the camera and taking pictures.
Or when a baby keeps crying.

I heard this quote awhile ago and really liked it, it reminds me to not stress over things and just live. Be happy with what is happening. Even if that means take time out and give Brooklynn a little more attention, playing games and singing to my baby, even though I have to clean or do other things.

Elder Ballard's last conference address. He quoted Anna Quindlen who said, "The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less”(Loud and Clear [2004], 10–11).

I have to remember how cute it is when my baby smiles.

And how sweet Brooklynn is when she has our attention.

I love having a clean house and being organized and having a little me time but I love my kids more and I am going to try better to live in the moment and just let things be. I know my kids will have their bad days but I just have to learn to handle it better.


The Hillmans said...

So true! Thanks for reminding us about what is really important. And, yes, we do all have those days!

Ashley and Matt said...

I think about this all the time. I try to memorize every detail of special moments like when Parker smiles at Matt after Matt tries his hardest to get him to do so. Every day is filled with those moments. I wish I could remember them all.

Jenny said...

Amen! So funny! Sounds familiar! It must be a toddler thing huh? They need LOTS of one-on-one! You take it with great stride! Cutest babies though! :)