Sometimes you view a music video and it just speaks to you. This happened to me recently when I was sent a press kit to take a look at a Youtube video for a band that I had never heard of before to be quite honest, but as soon as I clicked on the video I was feeling all sorts of emotions,
The song the “The Fold” is about the group called Ivan & Alyosha and how they have been on the road quite a bit and away from their families. Their families mean the world to them, but sometimes they can’t always be there even if they would like to, because they are touring and making their musical dreams come true.
I am a stay at home mom as most know, but I work from home also. And many days I am truly trying to juggle it all and can’t always be there when I want to be, like I wrote and shared here about Lily’s Pumpkin Picking at school.
Hearing the lyrics and seeing the video from start to end made me truly realize more then ever that what is right in front of me more then ever is so very important even if my career writing and designing is also important might have to put certain aspects on hold at times for those who let’s face it are even more important to me-my family.
And as many know, my house has been battling illness with first Emma running a fever and being sick. Then, Lily having over 104 fever and missing out on most of the Halloween fun, because she now had had it on Halloween. And then that weekend through the next week was totally run down. Last, but certainly not least was Kevin, who started with it mid-week into the beginning of the following week.
So, over two weeks worth of all in my house being effected and truly just feeling miserable and did I mention the lingering coughs, which still seem to be hanging on tight for dear life?
Trust when I say, I have felt like anything, but wanting to write or read blog articles. I felt terrible with being sick, but also just wanted to hug and keep my kids free from getting sick again after this. I muddled through and even had over 98 comments on my Friday FTSF post. Don’t get me wrong, I love the interaction and thrive on it most days, but do have to admit I was totally burnt out by the end of this week in particular.
By that second weekend after this, I found myself closing the computer pretty much altogether and Saturday afternoon, I snuggled in bed with my two girls, who made me remember again how much I do love the cuddles and hugs a ton.
Must admit was the best feeling in the world and that night we all got in the car to have a meal at Friendly’s. But even before we went into Friendly’s we went to the store next store that sells adorable puppies. The girls’ faces said it all and they lit up like Christmas trees at the sight of these furry cute creatures.
This one day alone reminded me that what is most important is my family, my husband and girls. I work a lot even though I am home all week long. I am stressed many days and I truly do need a break sometimes. I have said it here a few times, but I think now more then ever I get it and need to set a better schedule for myself and family.More Important To Me Then Anything in the World!
I literally couldn’t go past 9 pm many nights recently and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that I just have too much on my plate many days. I have decided to let go a bit and give myself a pass. I don’t have to be online as much and seriously need to walk away more now then ever I think.
I am not saying I am walking away completely, but if I post on here, wonderful! But if I have a post on The Mommy Blog Hoppers, J9 Designs or elsewhere, I may not have a post here for the day. I also may step back from reading all day long only reading in the morning before the girls get up, because I am seriously getting burned out on this. Not that I won’t try to read my favorites and all (you know who you are and I love you for it!), but I am also designing during the day (when the girls are at school) and sometimes I just can’t do two things at once, as much as I can multi-task, I seriously can’t do it all.
So, please forgive me, if I take a step back once in awhile now. I can tell you that I have already volunteered two days for Lily (one being her birthday celebration on November 21st and the second being her Thanksgiving Feast on November 25th) at her pre-school. I want to be there, because that day I indeed wrote about recently that I couldn’t nearly broke my heart. She didn’t know it in the end (thankfully), but I knew and that made all the difference to me to try to be more present for her.
Both my kids are only this small for such a short time and the way they look at me is only going to last so long, as well as how much they look for me to help with things, too. Like, for instance, just this minute I took a short break while writing this, because Emma asked me to help her with using the bathroom.
It is a fact that this too shall pass and I will be needed less for bathroom trips and everything else, but while I can you better believe I am going to take more advantage of it here and now.
So, I am taking back a small piece now (trust me you aren’t getting rid of me that easily!) and making sure I don’t lose a moment of this precious, innocent time I still have with them while I can.
Like the song by Ivan & Alyesha shares I will not ‘Fold’ only to look back on those years I could have wasted only to want them back.
It is Veteran’s Day today and I will be spending it with my favorite guy (he has the day off) and two little princesses (no school, because of the holiday), the way it should be now, but do enjoy Ivan & Alyesha’s The Fold now on me!
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