Yesterday was the perfect little family day. I was able to spend the day at home being present as a mom and wife, putting away my cell phone and ignoring social media.
Winter storm Stella dropped about a foot of snow on us here in Boston through the day on Tuesday. Thankfully, both my husband’s work and my own decided Monday night to close so we planned for a day spent at home as a family. We slept in a bit, made a delicious brunch, drank some mimosas (hey, it was a snow day after all!), and played with our son.
As a mom, and I am sure many of you can agree, we are always doing a million things at once. Our to do list never ends. Between working, feeding a family, and chores around the house we are always busy! Add blogging into this which requires taking photos, writing content, networking and interacting on social media and other blogs, my phone is always in my hand. Heck, I even wear an Apple Watch so I never miss an email or Instagram comment.
Lately, I feel like some days my son is coming second to my work and that is just not okay with me. So instead of spending our snow day working or on my phone, I spent it hanging with my family. Sure, I posted a quick photo to Instagram in the morning and checked social media through out the day. But for the most part, I tried to keep my phone out of sight and mind until my son went to bed.
We enjoyed endless belly laughs, chasing the cats around the house, making french toast, and just each other’s company. My husband and I caught up on some TV shows while L took a nap and even I took a short one too! Oh my gosh I don’t even remember the last time I took a nap. I usually lay there with my phone in hand wondering why I can’t sleep. Hmmm maybe because your staring at Instagram?
Taking a day just being present as a mom and a wife is so necessary. Something that shouldn’t be such a challenge but is. Life is too fast and busy and this little boy of ours is growing up far too quickly for me to keep putting other tasks in front of our time together. Yesterday was a great reminder of this.
So, if you’re feeling like your missing out on moments with your family I urge you, take a day for being present. Take a day to spend with your family. Put the lap top, phone, and tablets away. Laugh a lot, enjoy meals together, and just be present.