Saturday, June 12, 2010

Watching the Sun Rise

"Be mindful of how you approach time.
Watching the clock is not the same as watching the sun rise."

I don't know about you, but this quote really strikes a chord within me! Tonight when I was putting Little Chick to bed she tossed and turned and talked and then the lawn guys came right when she was finally falling asleep (not sure why they were here at 7:00 PM). She sat right up and asked me about why they were here at night. I told her that I wished I knew that myself. This added another hour and fifteen minutes onto our bedtime routine. Tonight was one of those nights I was really pooped out and just wanted to get a little "me" time. As I heard the humming of the lawn mowers I kept looking at the clock thinking oh brother!

Right when Little Chick finally fell asleep I did not get that sense of now I have "me" time. I kind of wanted to turn back the clock and maybe read another book to her and wait until the mowing finally stopped. I tried not to show it, but I was aggravated with the lawn guys and I laid down next to her pretending I was asleep. I hoped that this would help her to go to sleep, but she just kept tossing and turning. I can't turn back the clock, but I can move forward and reflect in times like these. As much as the dishes, laundry and computer time was on my mind, I should have just taken the moment to turn it into something a little more special. So next Friday if they happen to show up at bedtime again, I will simply read a couple of more books and get more giggles out of it!

29 comments:

  1. Thank you for stopping by my blog, commenting and following. I am now a new follower of your blog too.

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Blessings :)

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  2. Hi..Barb from santasgiftshoppe..Following you back...Nice to meet ya girlfriend!! Have a great weekend!

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  3. i know what you mean. the last few weeks have been so crazy for us and i have felt like i have not spent enough time with gracee! school just let out wednesday and i have not done one bit of housework..so my house is a mess but we have had a fabulous couple of days!

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  4. Moments - yes! You got it right. Because THAT is what life is all about! ;-)

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  5. haha... I just did the same kind of thing with my little one tonight... and the odd thing is, I thought these same thoughts.

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  6. Similar thoughts come to my mind too when I try putting Rida to sleep and she takes forever! and when she does I wish I had utilize this time playing dolls with her or anything that would make her smile and laugh and I would just have to rock her once before she zzzzzz! :)I keep this mind everytime!
    Thanks for being such a pal, you are a great mom and you have such an adorable daughter! I had been busy traveling and visiting relatives...phew its so much fun yet so tiring!

    See you around.

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  7. Mama Hen, I love how you turned this experience into a reminder for yourself of what you'll do next Friday if the lawn guys show up at Little Chick's bedtime again!

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  8. Wouldn't it be great if just every once in awhile we could turn the clock back a bit!

    Thanks for the follow, following you back.

    Have a great weekend!

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  9. you are such an inspiration! =)

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  10. ur thots do reflect my mind & lil chic looks soo cute. I love wataching children napping.

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  11. I've had those moments, too - especially regretting after the fact not making the most of it. But it does help remind us to take advantage of those moments in the future, doesn't it? And I'm still searching for that 'pause' button... ;)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and following me - I'm following you, too! :)

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  12. I get frustrated to when my kids have trouble sleeping but your right, we need to sit back and enjoy them just a little extra those days.
    Thanks for stopping by! Your newest follower!

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  13. Ohhh... I would probably ask the lawn guy to "have mercy for my kid, she is trying to sleep"!:p

    happy weekend!

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  14. Hey! Thanks for stopping by Peaceful Divas!!!! Following you back! Little chick is just too cute!

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  15. Precious picture. Thanks for stopping by. Following you back!

    Jennifer
    The Farris Wheel

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  16. living in the moment so hard to do. I am trying so hard to do that too. I love love little chick picture, she is sooooo cute!!! xoxox

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  17. That is so weird, who cuts grass at 7pm? Little Chick is so adorable and cute, I can't get over it!

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  18. Oh gosh! I was just thinking this with my Ayva! I wrote down a note to myself to stay present, stay in the moment. It makes me think that I need to streamline other things in my life so that I can have a clear enough head to appreciate our time together.

    P.S. This pic is TOOO adorable!

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  19. What a great post! Following you now too!!

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  20. Thanks for stopping by! Following you back now!

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  21. There is something to learn out of every little experience. I love this post. Enjoyed browsing through your blog and reading them.

    Thank your for coming by my blog and following. I'm following you back!

    Ruth

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  22. It seems that my desire to turn the clock back always happens in the evening when it's quiet enough to reflect (besides lawn mowers buzzing outside!) I totally understand how you feel, and you have a great attitude about giving it a second try next time! Such an inspiration!

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  23. I totally have those moments with my kids, but I love the quote of just "turning back the clock" and turning those frustrated moments into "special moments". You really got me thinking Mama Hen, mahalo for that.

    Happy Sunday!

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  24. Oh, and that is the cutest photo of Little Chick. She looks so peaceful and cuddly!

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  25. I find myself having these moments too. I just think about the day that my son will be too old for all of this and that I need to appreciate while I can. Ahh can't he just stay little forever lol

    KareyEllen
    KareyEllenDesigns.blogspot.com

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  26. I felt for you here on the need for "me time". But so good to remember to try and do best with whatever happens. So often I feel "robbed" when my (granted, younger than yours) baby doesn't nap when I think she is suppose to, when, really I could think this is instead time I get to spend with her. I need to remember scheduling now becomes a bit more flexible with kids and I need to "roll with it" a bit more than I am naturally inclined to ;)

    I'll get there. Love your blog, and the quotes and reminders to slow down and do just that.

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  27. What a great lesson in perspective. It won't be long until she is heading to bed on her own at night and won't even want a story read to her. Every moment is a treasure!

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  28. Precious. I know what you mean. I often wish for more "me" time, but just love the time I spend with my 13 month old; and sometimes when I finally have "me" time, I miss cuddling with her (but can't wake her up, of course)!

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  29. I can totally relate to this post. I find myself trying to speed through a moment with my daughter when I am tired or desiring "me" time. We mothers need our time so much, but sometimes just being a mommy and spending that extra few minutes with our children can be so much more rewarding. Thank you for sharing your story, it reminded me the importance of those little moments!

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