Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Everyday Special Occasions {Simple Moments, Bigger Picture}

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Simple BPM

December is almost half over and it seems to be speed as each day passes.

December is always a busy time with projects and baking and all the fun holiday things to do, add kids to the mix and it gets insane. I have one child in preschool, one in first grade and a husband in choir. We have been logging many hours at church and school. In the next week we have 4 parties, 2 performances, 2 sporting events, and the daily hustle and bustle of school and all the prep that goes into the events!

Oh and we moved the baby to a crib from our bed, it’s not exactly going well.

So all the adults are tired, and on edge. The kids are bouncing off the walls at all times with the excitement over one thing or another. It’s a combustible combination, especially at five o’clok when we are trying to get dinner on the table and homework done and there is so much noise!’

It’s easy during these times to rush through and miss the small moments.

The kids playing happily together singing Christmas carols, sisters cuddling in bed , a drawing taped to a door. I’m learning that in these pressure cooker times that simply taking a few extra seconds to do something different or spend some time with one (or all) of the kids can change the whole tone of the day.

So this morning as I was trying to get breakfast on the table and wake up enough to know what day of the week it was I decided to make Wednesday Morning’s Breakfast a special occasion. PBboy was having oatmeal so he always gets to eat it out of one of our extra large soup mugs. I gave PBgirl the other “grown up” bowl for her cereal. I also let them get our their spacial tea cups (from the famous tea party birthday) which they are normally only allowed on the weekend. They were so excited about having special dishes there was no fighting with each other over anything at breakfast.

It also reminded me that it doesn’t take much to make an ordinary moment a spacial occasion.

Simply making small moments special, l, that’s my Simple Moment, Bigger Picture this week. What’s yours?

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(just because)
I was able to join Hallmark awhile back and learn about their creative process and their Life is a Special Occasion Campaign  you can hear about my special occasion (and see why I don’t vlog!). Leave a comment here telling me what everyday moment is a special occasion for you and I will send you a t-shirt and some cards so you can make someone's Wednesday (or Tuesday, or Friday) a special occasion.

The Sticky:
Giveaway is open to US residents 18 years and older. No purchase necessary to win. You must have an email linked to your profile or in your comment so I can contact you Winner has 24 hours to claim prize or another name is drawn. Giveaway closes on December 18

 Disclosure: I was not compensated by Hallmark or asked to do a post on there campaign. I had an extra shirt and some cards from the event and thought that my BPM was a perfect time to share them with you.


May said...

Such a great reminder especially in these days before Christmas when nearly all of us are at a "combustible" point!

May said...

Wow! What an amazing blessing to have the family retreat place shared by the generations.

I totally get why you look forward to the long hours in the car. It is the perfect place to catch up. Captive audience, low pressure ( no eye contact required), not rushed.

Another everyday time that I cherish is when we play board games as a family. Game night is another low key setting to reconnect.

Stephanie Wilson she/her @babysteph said...

It's those little tornadoes that often stir up the best moments you might have missed otherwise. I have loved working with Hallmark this year and focus more on the everyday special moments that turn into their own celebrations.

(Please don't enter me for the giveaway- you know I have plenty from Hallmark!)


Danielle said...

Well done! It's not easy to remember simple pleasures in the midst of chaos.

(I think our kiddos are around the same age, so I imagine your house runs much like ours...)

Hyacynth said...

Indeed, especially at their ages. Must remember to savor these moments and ages.

Anonymous said...

Magnificent! (As usual. :-P )