Our first fall break has come and gone…. and all too quickly, I might add. I counted down the weeks and then the days until I would have these last 9 days with them. It was my saving grace that I would have a decent little break with them. And finally, it came…. but now…. it’s gone.
Our break was time well spent, doing things I love with two little people that just fill my heart to the top. We didn’t do anything very extravagant, we just spent our time together like we did before the school grind. It was wonderful to wake up each morning and not have to rush out of the house and to snuggle together in our big ugly recliner. Every morning my little man would come crawl in bed with me, I love that so much. And when we finally made it out of bed hearing “Mom you can come sit with me if you want” would make anything I was doing at the time seem unworthy of the attention it was getting. Someone else needed me more.
Days were spent together doing whatever we wanted- when we wanted. We played at Nana’s and had friends over. We went to birthday parties, built a fort in the garage, painted pumpkins, and painted lots of “welcome” signs for our fort. They colored their faces with markers and we made magnetic slime- our fingernails are still slightly stained from that gommy mess.
I hosted the Olympics one day and you guys really missed a good show. The “slowest walking across the pool cover” event was my favorite, followed closely by the “1,000 mile run” that was completed in 15 seconds. 🏅Seriously, can you beat that?
One afternoon I may have begged them to be COOPERATIVE in a little photo shoot so I could practice with my camera by telling them I just knew they would do it for me because they’re such good kids and we love each other so much. No shame in my game. It worked.
It was all so relaxing and wonderful! As the days went on and I had them with me all day it was interesting seeing how much they’ve grown as little people, since they started school. Piper has become so much more independent and brave. She does things now she would never have done before going to school. He is a true leader and they are both always encouraging and lifting others up. They told many stories about all their friends and teachers and it was so sweet hearing genuine love and for the people they’ve made these relationships with. I love that they love school.
But now, it’s back to the grind. We even did homework after school, before dance, before the grocery, and before dinner was completely cooked. The grind. You guys know how EVERYONE and THEIR MOTHER and BROTHER tells you “don’t blink.” Well listen to me, it’s true, don’t blink! I’ll tell you too! Because even when you try to slow down and embrace it all, it just comes at you like lightning speed. Nothing can prepare you for how quickly they grow and it changes. I looked forward to fall break for so long and now…. it’s over. We are back to the new normal. I have even wondered before “do I have to live the rest of my life looking forward to their breaks?” But after having this break with them, and having to mentally prepare myself for them going back I can tell you, the answer is NO.
Instead, I will choose to live for each moment in EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. We are not promised those future breaks, and anything could happen at anytime. It doesn’t have to be a break or a weekend. Yes, those are wonderful. They are the best. But, everyday that I am given to be a mommy to them, and wife to their daddy is surely a wonderful, blessed day. I never want to take it for granted or look back and think I wished my life away on the breaks and forgot to live in the moment. The best moments are the ones we are given daily. The giggles and snuggles, teaching them to tie shoes and learning to wash their own hair. Watching them learn to pour a glass of milk, a bowl of cereal, and a wiggly first tooth ready to come out. And as they age, I know the moments will be different, as they are with all stages, but embracing those stages is something I’m still learning. And I have to give myself pep talks like this, to remind myself that it’s gonna happen, it’s suppose to happen, and it’s my job to prepare them now for each stage as it does happen. And in preparing them, I get to experience life. Real life. Mom life. Wife life. With real moments and memories to last a lifetime.
So don’t blink. Don’t wish it all way looking for the next thing. Love the moment you’re in no matter what situation you are in. Don’t take one second for granted because the seconds tick away, the minutes are quickly counted into hours, the hours pass to days and the days fly by into years that leave you with memories, make those memories count.
Now, how many days until Thanksiving break???? (Just kidding….)