Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Sometimes, Ya Just Gotta Play!

I have SO MANY things on my TO DO list--SO MANY!! However, today I was extended an invitation that I couldn't refuse. Two of the loves of my life were having a blast under our table...

"Mommy, you wanna come in?"

What I think: Do I want to get down on my hands and knees, climb under the table, and do what????

What I say: "Of course I do!"

The joy on their faces from my small act of participating in their playtime made it worth the squeeze! The thing is, I do spend a large part of my day with my kids--it's what I DO--I'm a Stay At Home Mom. What I've realized, though, is that I often want to spend my time with them doing the things I have chosen--like reading, coloring, doing puzzles, etc. Today the realization came that I need to spend a little more time doing the things that they choose--as they get older, they will remember that Mom likes to be involved in the things THEY enjoy--even as their "things" change.

Here's us under the table.
Note: I did NOT take the time to get all dressed up for play time--I'm clean, but that's about it.

After our "table time," I was rolling around on the floor with The Princess and The Prince says, "Oooh, that would make a great picture." Yep, they're on to me. So, I turn on the camera, tell him what to push, and this is what we got....once again not me at my personal best, but maybe my Mommy Best.

Of course, The Princess wanted a turn, and I was pretty surprised at her shot--photographer in the making?

Here's a couple more...just because I think they're so stinkin' cute!

Moral of today's post: My mom's 10 year rule--ten years from now, when you look back on this day, will what you say or do matter then? If I remember this rule, time with the kids ALWAYS wins. This rule has also come in handy for many other situations (work, marriage, relationships) in my life....Thanks, Mom.


Amelia said...

This is one of the sweetest posts ever!

I love your 10 year rule and I adore that you chose to take part in playtime just to let your kiddos know you love them and care about what they play.

Tonight Adonis and I played Uno with Avery and her bet friend who is staying over....they lit up just at the idea that BOTH of us were going to play a game with them....quality time!!!!!

Love you keep up the good work!


PS - your kids take good pics!

Gypsy Purple said...

What a lovely family you have!!!

Gina said...

Great 10 year rule...I'm so gonna use that!! Thanks MOM!! Well to your MOm anyways!LOL.