Of course, having some new kicks always helps, too! I was an avid Asics fan for the past several years and just recently made the switch to Brooks. My latest shoes are the Pure Flows and I am loving them. They are very lightweight shoes with minimal heel to toe drop (4mm) and are oh-so-comfortable! Some reviewers say the shoes wear out quickly but mine are still fairly new so I can't tell yet how many miles I will get out of them. I love the color, too!
I often feel like I am never really giving anyone or anything my full attention. (As I type this, I'm downloading pictures from my camera and doing stretches...) What a surprise it is that I find my toddlers fighting. All. The. Time.
With this being the last full week of summer and all three kids going back to some sort of school/pre-school next week, I decided to make today just about the kids. Well, my older son is out playing lacrosse so really it was just me and the girls. I spent a good part of the morning doing art with them -- tracing their hands and drawing colored fingernails on them. Then they got dressed in their outfits of choice which, of course, entailed rain boots despite the gorgeous, sunny weather. Finally, we left the house to go for a "hike".
Our "hike" ended up being downtown on the waterfront instead of my favorite running trails. They both wanted to see some water and I figured any place outside was fine with me. I captured some fun pictures with my camera while simply enjoying just being with them.
I am not one who thinks I need to entertain my kids all the time -- I think being able to play with each other or by themselves is important -- but it also made me realize how little time I really devote to just being with them. Being present. Really listening to them. I am filled with wonder, laughter, gratitude and happiness every time I really am present with them. And, not surprisingly, the fighting stops completely when I'm by their side! When I stop to think about all of this, I wonder why I can't find the time to do it more often. In part it is because after a little while, someone is bound to become hungry. Then the food-making, eating and kitchen clean-up cycle begins again!
But for a little while, when they had my undivided attention, it sure was peaceful and happy in our house and in our hearts.
How do you balance all the daily demands in your life and still spend quality time with your kids?