busy and move so fast!
from homeschooling is because of the inevitable busyness that comes along with
co-op, library trips, and general household day-to-day activities, but there are
also Christmas parties, Christmas dinners, Christmas presents, cards, crafts,
and probably other C words that I haven’t thought of yet.
lately. It seems like no matter how hard
I try to be present and in the moment, the days move by quickly. I want more time to enjoy my family.
time when I was bored and didn’t know what to do.
my life, being a mama to my three little ones, and having so much activity and
energy in the home.
a new friend, or running off to play in the woods behind the co-op; it is all
trying to make sure that times were filled in appropriately. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still plan – a lot. In fact I probably am planning more than I
ever have with all the schedules we are juggling.
items, enjoy my family and quiet more.
homeschooling, extracurricular activities, co-op; it is what I signed up for.
to a regular school routine. The dark
days that I used to despise are now a comfort to me, knowing that life will be
a little quieter.
especially with all the Christmas craziness?
important. And often, we need to
schedule that downtime. I know that the
kids will have basketball practice and games every week; they will have co-op
and library trips every week. But, are
there moments that we can slow down?
family is the laundry.
me. Laundry. I have so much laundry in my life. It honestly is never-ending. However, recently my kids have been asking me
for chores they can do around the house (they want ways to earn money), and
laundry is a good place for them to start.
job of folding towels. Jack matches
socks and helps put Lucy’s clothes away.
Typically I like to do the household chores myself – it is faster that
way! But, I realized that I am doing a disservice
to my children if I don’t let them help me – especially when they want to.
that needs to be done anyways. The kids
are happy to help, and chat with me, and I am happy to have the help. I realize that part of my job as a parent is
to raise kids to become adults, and this is one way to do that.
tea. It seems so incredibly simple, but
the process of boiling the water, letting the tea steep, and then sitting down
with my family is a wonderful thing. My
kids especially like raspberry lemon tea with a little honey. It isn’t something they have often, so it is
a treat, and since it is also one of the ways we stay warm in the winter
it is a great way to slow down as well.
and they are delicious! The right pick
me up in the afternoon, especially with a cookie – this is the time of year for
a lot of cookies after all!
matter how busy you may feel, if you have an infant like I did last year at
this time, or if you are in the middle of a huge project at home or work, stop
and breathe. Taking a few minutes to
re-center yourself, pray, meditate, it will do wonders for your nerves and for
It is inevitable. But, that does
not mean that we can’t all still slow down and enjoy our family during that time. We do not have to move at warp speed, even
though sometimes it feels like we are on a crazy roller coaster that will not
yourself during the busy season? Is
there a favorite chore that you do with your children?