Soak Up the Everyday Things

There is so much beauty in the everyday.

In this season of life, mothering two small boys, I remind myself daily to soak up the everyday things that happen in our home and look for the beauty in the midst of the tears, tantrums and dirty diapers.

Everyday things really are worth noting.

Lately Paxton has really wanted to be a little helper.  The past few weeks, he’s been dragging his stool over to the sink almost every night as I wash dishes. With him by my side, it takes about twice as long and can be quite frustrating since he just wants to play in the water.  I tell myself over and over “love is patient” and remember that he wants to be there with me, helping me.

One night this week, as my husband was putting dishes away, Paxton started helping. He brought his stool over to the flatware drawer and began making trips from the dishwasher to the drawer, putting the flatware away. First of all, it was adorable! More importantly, he was actually helping and learning!

He’s learning to help out as a member of our family and putting the flatware away is a real life sorting skill. We were impressed with his sorting abilities, he didn’t get everything correct and the drawer looked a bit sloppy but our two-year-old put the flatware away!

One evening, while I was cooking dinner, Paxton came into the kitchen with a book. He had just read it with his daddy but wanted to read it with me. Instead of brushing him off because I was ‘busy,’ I sat down in the kitchen floor (and he made himself quite cozy on the floor) and we read through the book probably 3 times.

We made animal noises, I laughed at the fact he called the cattails in the book carrots and I just enjoyed reading with my boy. I would have missed out on that if I was more concerned about getting dinner on the table 5 minutes faster. 

Paxton loves music. His favorite toys are his instruments. Almost daily, we’re having concerts or family jam sessions. It’s not always what we want to do at the time but we always have fun once we ‘join the band’ with Paxton! 

The most recent family jamming resulted in Weston playing the drum! Paxton gave him the sticks, John David helped him a little and then he started doing a little drumming all on his own!

Everyday things like this really are what memories are made of!

Do you look for the beauty of the everyday? 

Linked to: Finer Things Friday

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  1. Oh my goodness! I love all of it! Stopping for my boys is something I continually struggle with, they've heard "me a minute" way too many times. But I will say even when I'm tired and I just want to get something finished myself having them help always makes me smile in the end!

  2. oh the small things are what really matter! i am trying to be better about listening and taking time if there is something my 3 year old son thinks is important. you are right – what i'm doing can wait five minutes. 🙂 i can't always stop in the middle of what i'm doing, and not everything is an "emergency" as he loves to tell me, but i do my best to make everyday moments count. happy weekend!

  3. I love when Nyla helps unload the dishwasher and she cooks with me now too. It does take extra time but my girls won't be small forever and you have to take the extra minutes to enjoy those moments with them, even if you have to re-do what they tried to do for you. Thanks for the reminder to slow down and spend time with our babies.

  4. This is a good reminder for us all! The past couple of weeks I keep running into things, like this post, that remind me to focus on small things and slow down. As a working mama I often find myself being in a frenzy a lot. There is always something I need to be doing – which I realize is the case for most mamas! The past couple of weeks I have been trying my hardest to let things go and focus on my kids. It's been working for the most part and I am loving it!

  5. So good to hear this…seven months pregnant and a toddler is almost making me crazy lately! Thanks!

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