Saturday, May 16, 2009

Does this ever happen to you...

I get so caught up in the day to day grind of life and being a mother, that sometimes it's like someone just reached out and grabbed my arm and made me stop and look around. This week has been that way for me. I have been enjoying my children so much this week. I realized that through all the Pre-Adolescent Hormone, Independence Seeking and the Temperamental stage of life, I am still in love with my son. I enjoy his hugs, his smile, his big, brown eyes when they light up with laughter. I love when he helps his sister with homework and plays catch with her outside. I love that he brings me Toby and says that he needs some Mommy time and cuddle. I love that he loves so hard and passionately with every ounce of his soul, that at times it hurts him, but he never stops loving.

I enjoyed spending time with Emily this week. She had such enjoyment at her birthday party, watching her playing with friends and absorbing the love in the room for her. So many friends and family that came to be there for her. I loved that she has said "Thank you Mommy" for her party 15 times since then. I enjoyed spending her actual birthday day by surprising her at school with Yummy frosted cookies for her class. And I especially had so much joy wrapping her presents and listening to her giggle when she walked in the door from school and saw them. And I loved baking her favorite brownies with chocolate frosting and watching her gobble them down and giggling at her chocolate covered face. But I really loved when she screamed out loud after opening her High School Musical Backpack that she has been wanting for months now and that she has not put it down once since. Emily and I played Go Fish tonight with her new Winnie the Pooh deck of cards she got and she caught on right away and had so much fun saying "Go Fish Mommy" and then giggling every time she took a card from me.

My children are my life. But sometimes I get caught up in the day to day. Doctors appts., school projects, homework, housework, life work, career work, wife work, and just plain life. That sometime I forget to just stop and enjoy the moment. Enjoy my kids. I don't want a day to come when I look back and say I missed it all.

In High School, I was in a pretty severe Car Accident and injured. I had temporary brain loss of my long term memory. And during my recovery, I made myself a promise:
I would never live my life with Regrets.

I remind myself periodically, and have stayed pretty true to that. So I present it to you. Do you live your life with regrets? Always taking the safe route? But missing out on the adventure? Or do you grasp life with both hands and hang on for the ride of your life and never miss an opportunity?



Tooj said...

You pose a very good question. Your post reminds me a little of my day today. I had decided that today was MY day to get caught up. That meant everyone goes their way and I get to do the house chores, catch up on my blogging, etc. But after I let the two little ones outside, they were having such fun I decided I needed to get out there and sidewalk chalk it up as well. When my 4 year old wanted to race me in Mario Kart Wii, I decided to do it. When the babe wanted to play on the slide in the grass, barefoot, we did it. Over and over and over again. It wasn't a "grasp the moment" but then again, it was. :) I need to remind myself to do this much more often.

Leah said...

I try to always enjoy the moment, but there are days, where at the end of the day, I know I missed out from being too focused on the cleaning and errands and the "be here, do this, etc" of life. sigh... Thanks for the reminder, and I'm glad to see you've had such a great week with your children!

Anonymous said...

Having kids has made me want to be more in the moment, it brings me true joy to stop what I am doing and play with them!