Do you think you can miss out on everyday moments, when you are actually living them? I feel like the answer to that is definitely- yes.
I miss so much of the special moments when I get so caught up in the everyday, shuttling from activity to activity. And not really soaking up who my kids are, or even who I am.
I decided for this year I wanted all of that to change. I want the slow life, enjoying everyday, ordinary things that most of the time get missed when I have over scheduled my family. I want to make to time to savor all of it.
I want all those small moments to be big memories. Like when my 9 year old is telling me his knock-knock jokes on the way to school and he thinks they are absolutely hilarious. "interrupting cow" anyone? Or when my four year old is super interested to do school work and we lie down on the floor with color flash cards together and I can imprint his little voice and mannerisms into my brain. Popsicles and messy hands on the back porch. Reading on the couch with all four of my kiddos snuggled up.
I pray these little moments never fade, but I know that's just not possible.
I know these little kids will one day be big and I know these little moments will be such sweet memories. I can't miss out. I don't want to miss out.
So how can I make that possible? How can I make the most out of all the everyday things going on in my life? Turning the smallest things into the biggest memories?
The only way I think it's possible is to slow down. Stop over doing. One extra activity for the big kids, and maybe just one play date a week for the little guys. Taking time to make our own adventures like walks and scavenger hunts. Dates with each of the kids on their own. Really taking the time to know each one of them on their own. Purging the house of all the extra so that my time doesn't have to be spent cleaning up all the stuff we have filling our lives! And really good time management.
Do you think it's possible to slow down in the "go go go" world we live in?