Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The most important work


Isn't this the best quote?  I stumbled on it a few weeks ago and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since.  I was especially thinking about it today because I had so many things I needed to get done and instead found myself on the floor for an hour making letters out of train tracks.  :)  It's so easy as a stay at home mom to feel like you are just spinning your wheels.  Not being productive.  Not getting anything done.  Like your day consists of snack time and play time and meal time and park time.  Because most days it does.  Especially with a baby or toddler underfoot - phone calls are hard to make, e-mails are impossible to send, and you consider yourself extremely lucky if you can spend more than 5 minutes getting ready.  Sometimes children can feel like distractions from things we "should" be accomplishing.  But this beautiful quote reminds us that is not the case.  Children are not the distraction, everything else is a distraction from them.  

One way that I have tried to focus on spending quality time with my children while feeling like I am getting something done as well is to involve them in every day housework.  

A few pics of Kole "helping" with the laundry today.  :)  My little assistant helps me sort the piles and put the clothes in the washer - all leading up to his favorite part - pushing the start button.

Sitting back to admire his work.  

I know that one day in the not so distant future I will be able to make a phone call.  And answer an e-mail.  And spend more than 5 minutes getting ready.  

And I am going to miss my little "distraction" terribly.

20 comments:

Erika said...

Amen! That is exactly how I feel, Erin!!! I love that quote, too - I want to print it out.

Oh- I had a little issue with my blog this week and I lost my URL (long story but I forgot to update my credit card and my url got deleted- nightmare!!!)

so anyway - my blog address is now just: www.urthmama.com

I love seeing the house pics you've been posting. I can't wait for you to move in and see how you decorate. Yay!!!!

Cathy's World said...

One of my favorite songs by Trace Atkins says it perfect.

"You're gonna miss this
You're gonna want this back
You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast
These are some good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you're gonna miss this."

He is so adorable.
Love that quote! It is so sweet!

L.M. S. said...

Wow - we don't have such stylish washing machines in Austria!

ReenieK Designs said...

Perfect quote Erin! Love it. My kids are getting older
( my son is 14, and my daughter is 10)
Treasure this time w/ them, because you blink & they are older :(
And being a stay at home mom is a wonderful job!
We live down the street from a pond & my kids grew up going to the lake daily in summer & my friends & I used to say we wondered when a day would come when we can sit at the lake & talk & not be chasing kids,etc.
Well, my son starts his 1st job there next summer life guarding! Crazy how things change & time flies.
I am rambling , but you get the point, enjoy this time now :)

The Winter family said...

Thanks for posting that. I needed to hear that. I have 4 kids, 9,7,5, and 2 and had a meltdown yesterday with my 2 year old because he was destroying everything in his path. I think he just wanted attention, but boy it tested my patience to where I actually cried. I kept thinking, how come I can't keep a nice house, complete a thought, etc? But I looked at my 9 year old and remembered when he was 2 and then realize that it does go by quickly and I need to enjoy this phase. And there will be a time when I can complete projects, etc.
Thanks for the great post.
Rachel
www.winterpartyofsix.blogspot.com

Susan said...

What a beautiful quote!! It's so true! Your helper is absolutely adorable! Treasure every day!

Hollie said...

sweetest post ever!

Stephanie said...

The song Cathy's World referenced is such a good one for what you wrote today! And it makes me cry every time I hear it. And not just a few tears. Full out bawling :P

Becky said...

He is adorable and so true. From someone whose house is quiet these days :). It does fly by.

Sarah said...

Amazing timing! I was just sitting here enjoying my first cup of coffee and looking at a few of my favorite blogs and thinking to myself that I needed to make a better effort to spend quality time with my kiddos and not let the distractions of every day life get in the way of that. Yours was the first blog I went to this morning and found this! I love it. I've made it the background on my computer and will work hard on reminding myself of this. Thank you!

Shari said...

Great post, Erin.

Remember all my feelings about 'wishing' Eden's child- hood away because she was so hard?? Well, now I'm sad she is growing up.

You're an amazing mother.

Erin said...

Thanks everyone!

Cathy - beautiful song. So true!

Sarah - good idea to use that quote as a computer background! I may have to do that too. :)

Thanks cute Shari! I know! We complain and then cry! :) You know I think the same of you.

Jen said...

I needed this reminder today...I always feel that I just can't keep up with the housework and all the "stuff" that needs to be done and I've been stressing about it lately. This reminder that time spent with my 2, 3 and 4 year old is most important and the rest can wait was just what I needed! Thanks! :)

Jamie said...

I agree with you 100%. Hard to realize that truth all the time. Maybe I will frame your quote as a little reminder!

Heather said...

I LOVE this. Found your blog the other day and I am so glad I did! I am in the beginning stages of building a new home also, so it is really fun to see the progress on yours. I'm officially de-lurking now!

Traci P said...

Love that quote! I just "pinned" it:))

Tiffany H. said...

Yes, enjoy your "distraction" b/c he will be grown before you know it. My little guy is in kinder this year and I really miss having my buddy to hang and play with every day. I love the photo of your little guy sitting in front of the washer or dryer and watching it. Such a toddler thing to do. :-)

Katrina said...

Such a wise quote! I love this post. I did a post a while back on how I "play" with my 3 -year old while still doing work. We played "I'm the mommy and you're the child" and she was the mommy and her job was to tell me (the child) to get my chores done before I could go out to play. So she told me to get the dishes done and do some laundry...and she'd keep coming back into the room to give me more directions and to check on my progress. As long as I played "house" with her, even as I was doing "chores", she was happy. And I felt like I was playing with her AND getting work done. A win-win!

Leslie Seror said...

Thank you for this quote. I'm a stay-at-home mom to 2 little boys and lately I've been in a bit of a funk. I don't like that I can't get much done. But you're right... the other stuff can wait. I too know I'm going to miss these days.

TheFiveDays said...

A great reminder! It is so hard to remember some days because you just need to get something DONE. My kids are 9,7, and 5 and although they are all still keeping me very busy I am already starting to miss having a baby/toddler around VERY much. You are smart to be enjoying teeny tiny Kole because he's going to be a young man tomorrow (haha!). And he is so darn cute!!! Love the picture of him watching the washer at the end. :)