27 April 2017

Easter Weekend + Living in the Moment


I originally had grandiose plans to create an Easter dinner menu and share it here with everyone; an SCD friendly menu with photographs and recipes included. But then, life happens and I got caught up living in the moment and before I knew it, Easter had passed. But you know what? I enjoyed this holiday, I embraced every moment I could and was present. I lived in the moment with my children; I did exactly what I was supposed to do. We baked and cooked together, we watched movies at night, we played basketball, we built a fort in the woods and we went on long nightly walks. In fact, this may be the first Easter that I didn't feel stressed when it came to hosting twenty people.

These days I feel like I am constantly pulled in every direction. I have so many ideas swirling around inside my head but my struggles are always consistent; time management is my dilemma. Something every mom can understand. I certainly haven't figured out the time management end of things, but I have learned to be a bit more laid back and let some things go. When we take on too much at once the stress trickles down and our children can certainly feel it. I can't help but think we put so much extra, unnecessary stress on ourselves as parents. We now live in a world of Pinterest-worthy holidays and parties, curated Instagram photos, perfectly planned outfits and unique food trends that we feel obligated to try. I admit, I've been caught up in it before. But over the last couple years I've come to a huge realization.

It doesn't matter.

No one's going to remember what the table settings looked like or what linens I used or what fresh floral arrangement was the centerpiece. No one's going to remember the handmade bags that were passed out for the egg hunt, or the kids' table and the well-thought out crafts. And you know what, no one's going to remember the blog post that took hours to compose.

But you know what my kids will remember? That we sat around the kitchen table and dyed eggs together; no phones, no cameras and no distractions. My kids will remember that they helped baked the Easter cupcakes. Were they perfect? Well, they were perfect to me because we did it together. They'll remember how we piled into mom's bed the night before Easter Sunday and took turns reading books until we fell asleep, legs intertwined and toes touching.

I've learned one thing as a parent, kids are intuitive. They know far more than you think they do and they are always watching. Always. Which is why I strive to be a role model and lead by example. It's why I choose to live in the moment. To be present. To be present for my children.

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
Robert Brault

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