Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mama- Play With Me

Why is it always when life is the busiest that it also takes unexpected turns?

Last night was the Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet- I am the Cub Scout Committee Chair and so in charge of quite a bit of it- I had my lists all ready of everything I had to get done Monday and Tuesday, feeling great that I would not miss a thing as it was all written down... and then Lucas got sick.

Sick enough that school was missed on Monday, no running errands for me.

So instead, I bumped most of my list to Tuesday and made a late night Costco run after Eric was home as that was the only time I would be able to do it.

Since I was stuck at home on Monday I decided I would get things done around the home, cleaning, laundry, all while taking care of a sick Lucas and a toddler wanting to be entertained.

As part of my Heartfelt Acts this month, rather than just tell someone I love them everyday (one of the two goals) I have been making a little heart for each family member that says I love you- and then something I love about them.

On the first day I gave the hearts, Ryder loved his- never putting it down, even taking it with to story time.
Amidst laundry and cleaning I stopped and  made the day's hearts.  I wrote them all out, hide them in places each person could find them except for Ryder's- I just always give him his.

"A heart" he squealed and then immediately asked me to read it.

"I love you.  I love that you help me remember what matters most."  I read.

I gave him a hug and then got up to go back to the laundry.

"Play with me?" his little voice asked.

Immediately I saw all the laundry on my bed, the list of things I needed to get done.  "Not right now, I need..."  and then I stopped.

The irony of the moment slapped me in the face.  He helps me remember what matters most.

"Okay let's play."
Thank you my son for helping me always remember what matters most.

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  1. This post brought tears to my eyes. I am making more of an effort to let the little things go and spend more time with my boys. The hardest part is letting go of the dirty dishes, laundry, etc., but sometimes the smiles and hugs make up immensely for a messy house.

  2. I need to let the little things go and remember what is more important. Wonderful post Emmy.

  3. I needed this reminder, I have a tendency to get busy with lists that can wait.

  4. What a great reminder! We will always have dishes and laundry, but our little ones grow up fast!

  5. He is so cute! It's so easy to get caught up in our to-do lists and not have the time for what really matters.

  6. I often need that reminder. All to often after working all day I have a lot to do at home but my 3 yr old doesn't understand that. Sometimes it's okay to let the house go and just play.

  7. Turning off the computer right now and finding a coloring book and crayons. Thanks for this.

  8. Great post with a great reminder. One of my co-workers is constantly telling me things similar to this.

  9. I have to remember this all the time. Playing is really the most important thing to them.....and laundry can wait!

  10. I love the idea of leaving hearts! I'm going to start doing this for my husband tonight up until Valentines Day ... or maybe even longer. :)

  11. Aw.. That was so sweet and what an great idea! Did I mention how much I love your blog?? :)

  12. Beautiful and so true! It is these times that recharge our souls, isn't it?

  13. Just last night my youngest said he likes Daddy giving him bath because he plays with him while I just read my book. Who am I? Daddy isn't better than I am at anything! And, I don't want my son to think I'm not engaged. Boo, to this mommy. He got one heck of a play last night, that's for sure!

  14. So sweet, and what a great reminder. I want to do those hearts next February for Valentine's Day. That is such a nice thing to do.

  15. Oh this melts my heart! I love that you stopped what you were doing and played. All too soon he will be "too big" to play with mommy and you will cherish those memories. It's so good to remember the important things in life, especially when we get so busy with errands and the daily grind.

  16. Yep, we stop mid-sentence and play too. Like Mrs. Match said in the comment above we know all too well (we have older kids too) how fast those moments are going to be gone. This was a wonderful post. :)

  17. Kids are the best...they always manage to put life in perspective!!

  18. What a sweet little guy! I love that you actually stopped and played with him.