Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Enjoy the Life You're Living

The other night during bath time, I gave Charlie a handful of his bath toys while I bathed Walker. The whole time I was bathing Walker, Charlie was asking for more toys. He kept saying "more letters" until I finally said "you need to play with the ones you have! we're going to be done soon and you won't be able to play at all".

This really got me thinking. We need to relax with all that "i can't wait for the next stage in my life" attitude and start enjoying the phase of life we're currently in.

I read an article a few months ago about how a lady was basically infuriated when "older" people would tell her to enjoy every moment with her kids. I saw this article because basically all of my Facebook friends were "liking" it. I kept thinking, why are they liking this?!?! Do you know how many people see this woman with her kids and think about how they wish they had kids? Or wish that they still had kids at home? When people tell me to enjoy every second with my kids, it makes me want to do a better job as a mom and makes me appreciate them even more.

Is every minute perfect with my kids? Yes! Ok, not really. Walker was in desperate need of pajamas (have you seen how hugely healthy that child is?), so I ran...literally ran into the store with both of the babies yesterday. In the 5 minutes it took to pick out some pjs, Charlie had grabbed a few items, was racing around the store saying "I go fast", and was hitting everything with a spare hanger he found on the floor. He was livid when I tried to get him to leave the store, and I'm pretty sure I almost broke his arm from dragging him out to the car. Awesome mommy moment? Not so much. I was sweating and furious. But now, one day later, it seems almost funny.

Even though this stage can be insanely busy (2 little ones with a husband that travels all the time), it's also very rewarding. I basically spent a straight 30 minutes this morning kissing Walker's cheeks. It was pretty awesome.

So, embrace and enjoy the life that you're living.


And going along with the topic for today, I found a free printable of a quote that I absolutely love by President Thomas S. Monson, and already printed it out for my laundry room!


You can find the printable at The Three Little Monkey Studio's blog here.


Alexa said...

Thank you for posting this Ashley. Every mommy needs to read this. Important to reflect sometimes.

Marsha Anderson said...

I certainly miss my little ones. The time flew by and before I knew it, they were grown. I am glad I was able to stay home with my babies and enjoy them for as long as I had them near.

Lindsay said...

Great post, Ashley!

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christine donee said...

so sweet!

Trina said...

AGREED! I did a similar post called "Sun"(well, similar in topic) about a year ago but from the point of view as a mom who's kids are just starting to leave home. Sounds like you feel the same way I always have. Feel free to check it out. I like your perspective. Thanks for sharing. (FYI, found you through Emmymom) http://teiners.blogspot.com/2010/03/i-just-read-blog-recently-about-dreams.html

Ashley said...

Thanks so much for sharing this Trina! I am going over to check it out right now!

Jess said...

Thanks for this post. I am one of those who see the mum with the bunch of screaming kids(or just one) and my heart aches to finally beat this current state of infertility and be a mum myself. But I know I need to try harder to appreciate the time that I get to spend with my husband now as one day we will cherish this time we had on our own. thanks for the reminder as I wasn't doing a good job of remembering that today.

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