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Slow Down and just BE with Your Family…

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Lately, it feels like my life has been in turbo speed. I’ve especially felt like this since Tot has gotten a little older, she sleeps less during the day, so the days where I had just a little free time to myself are now gone. If I’m not busy being a mama, I’m blogging, designing prints for customers, cleaning the house, washing clothes…the list goes on and on.

I didn’t realize just how crazy I had become trying to juggle everything until last weekend when Rick said to me – “Let’s have a picnic today.” My response? “No, there’s too much stuff to do, I need to wash, finish a print for a client, there’s just too much.” It was then I realized that I NEEDED to SLOW DOWN and turn off my laptop, put down my phone and let the laundry sit for a while…

So off to the park it was! Rick prepared some sandwiches while I got myself and the girls ready.

When we left the house, the temperature was in the 60’s, so I dressed the girls in warm Fall/Halloween matching outfits that their grandma bought for them. By the time we got there, the weather went up to the 70’s. Luckily, we had some sandals in the car for my toddler.- That’s Texas weather for you.

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It was such a beautiful day. It was quiet where we were and it was great us just being together as a family.

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My toddler loved just being there watching the birds and joggers with dogs run by.

Simple pleasures.

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Today for just two hours, it was all about us.

And it was the best thing in the world.

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I think it was today that we also realized just how hard it’s going to be to try to get the girls to take a good picture together.

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I think at this point we gave up and said just take the picture hurry!

I think sometimes we need to set aside time just to BE with our family. Turn off the TV and phones, forget that theirs a pile of laundry at home waiting for you. heh. It’s hard to let go of our day to day routine, I know. I’m one to always have my cell phone on me constantly checking messages, emails and making to-do lists in my head. But really, all that isn’t going anywhere. My girls are growing so fast. I can’t believe the baby’s already 3 months, and it seems like her sister is adding a new word to her vocabulary everyday. I want to soak it all up that’s for sure.

Do you ever feel like me?

 

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6 Comments

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    Leanndra
    October 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I really can’t express how much this was the perfect post for me. I have been beyond stressed, I even started my day that way today & I really need to go do something like this. Thank you for this. As fun as it is, it seems like all I read about & post comments on are Giveaways. It was nice to read something I can connect on. Thanks again 🙂

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      Melanie
      October 26, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      Leandra, thank you for reading! Yes, definitely take a day off and do something like this with just the family. It was so refreshing. And I know how you feel…sometimes I think thats all everyone cares about are the giveaways, so it’s nice to know that I wrote something personal that someone else could connect with. 🙂 That is, after all, why I started blogging. 😀

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    Tiffany
    October 26, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I’ve definitely had a similar moment this week. I was busy just being busy. Home blog activities. One of my kiddies asked for something and before I could say it they said “in just a minute momma?” I looked up and said no right now. Sometimes we do simply need to BE. Great post! Thanks for sharing.

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      Melanie
      October 26, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      Awww yes those are the moments that make you realize aren’t they?

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    Nikki
    October 26, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    I totally agree! You will always remember these moments. I don’t remember if our house was clean when I was a child (I now know it rarely was-I have 5 siblings!), but I DO remember all the fun things we did as a family.

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    EileenA
    October 27, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    We had today a symbolic picnic that my daughter invented , she grabbed a blanked from the laundry room an got four boxes of juice and invited us to her picnic, took pretty pictures and she said it was fun! Glad she enjoyed the small thing of life!

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