Although we’ve just moved into this house, I’m already dreaming up all kinds of fun happenings in my head. One of my favorite parts of the outside is the big side yard. My first thought, of course, was hosting Father of the Bride style wedding receptions for our girls with big white tents set up, dripping with string lights and beautiful music. I’m also looking forward to having yard parties with our friends around the fire pit and the patio (that’s still years away from being built). Oh, how easy it is to get lost in the what will be and miss the what’s right now.
What right now means for me is helping everybody transition well, trying to find the box where I packed my hair dryer and their underwear, and feeding the kids fast food every night for a solid week. (In other words, complete survival mode.) I want these days in our new house to be more than me flipping out like an unorganized mad woman (although that’s already happened a few times).
Overall, the kids have done great with the move. But, I sometimes forget that change—even when it’s good—can be tough on everyone. I want them to remember this as a happy time, an exciting new adventure. And, that can sometimes mean just stopping everything you should be doing to just be together.
It was pretty much perfect timing when Dixie® reached out to me about partnering with them for their “Be More Here” campaign, which focuses on being more present in the moments that matter—even if they’re short lived. (I happen to think paper plates are a necessity, anyway… At least in our kitchen.)
So, after a looooong weekend of moving in, I said to heck with all of the stuff I needed to do, and we did a little “side yard memory making.” I needed to breathe and they needed to just have me be still for a minute. We also played some America’s Got Talent (because it’s their favorite show), and they all do “acts.” Truthfully, the whole picnic lasted about 10 minutes before ants started crawling on the blanket and people started fighting. But, we did it—and (I think) that’s what counts.
It’s good to stop sometimes. I hope you are encouraged to grab some paper plates and do the same :)
See other ideas for how to more present for the moments that really matter here.
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