Sunday, February 13, 2011

Keepin' busy and tryin' to Simplify

I have been absent from the blogging world for a while. Partly because life is busy and blogging has been X-ed off the priority list and partly because I just want to pretend like my kids aren't changing...

I've always known that time would speed up the older I got - staying busy does that; time just moves faster. But I didn't think that I'd be so emotional over it. Jem's not even in kindergarten yet and I already resent school...the schedule it makes us follow, the routine that gets in the way of just enjoying each other. It's MEGA lame.

So, I've been attempting to SIMPLIFY in an attempt to spend more time with my children - collectively and individually. Here are just a few examples: projects that used to take me a day or two take a week or more now...why rush? The boys get their hair "done" on Sundays and I'm happy if I can see Jemma's eyes. It's just hair. So what if we eat cold cereal 4 or 5 times a week for breakfast? Pancakes are a SuPeR huge deal now. We do laundry when we're out of underwear. (Which means we're doing laundry tomorrow.) We read more books, have more "little talks" (as Jemma terms them), do more snuggling, play more games (CandyLand is Carter's current FAVORITE), sing more songs and dance around more (to the top 5 favorite songs in our i-Tunes Library right now).
So here's to SIMPLIFICATION...and appreciating your children NOW.

5 comments:

Sharee and Arthur said...

hey, thanks for sharing that Jen. What a good reminder of what's important! You've got me thinking about what I can simplify too. Love you guys and wish Albuquerque wasn't quite so far away from Oregon!

Pam said...

Very well put Jen. And what a great attitude you are taking!

Kristina said...

Well said... and well done! It's so true, time does fly by. And why rush to get things done? There will 'always' be dishes to do and another project that can be done... but these little kids of ours are growing fast. I think it's easy to get my priorities backwards...thanks for the reminder of what's 'most' important. Jemma, Carter, and Gavin are lucky to have a you... really, really lucky!

The Schneiders said...

You almost mad me cry. Seriously, I had to fight it. I agree with Kristina; your kids are very lucky to have you.

Mitch n' Molly said...

LOVE this post! Why rush what already zooms by? Life is short...too much to learn and do and play... I LOVE the picture of Jemma reading to Gavin! LOVE and MISS you all!