Monday, May 13, 2013

Playground Junkies

A while ago I decided I was going to stop asking myself what I wanted to do each day and start asking James what HE wanted to do each day. 9 times out of 10 James chooses to go to the playground, so that's where we go. The thing is, I'm a stay at home mom so that  means it's my JOB to do what my kid wants to do. Sure I have an occasional errand to run here and there but for the most part, it's all about James. And that's how it should be. If having a kid will teach you anything (okay besides love and all that sappy stuff) it will teach you selfless-ness. Putting James before myself comes naturally. I would do anything for him. And if that means becoming a playground junkie, so be it. There are far worse things.

Usually I keep my phone in the car for our playground dates because I don't want to be like every other parent out there who ignores their kids to be on their cell phone. I want James to see that mommy is WATCHING. I want him to know that what he's doing is interesting to me and that he's important. However, I really wanted to capture some cute photos of him in his element so I broke the rule this time. 

^^ This would be James demanding that I climb up with him and go down the slides, too. Of course I did. How could I resist that cute... scream?

While we're on the subject of putting James first and putting my phone away, I want to tell you how much better our mornings have been lately. Instead of catching up on ALL my social media sites right away while James watches a movie, we read books. We cuddle under a blanket with our bed head hair and we read. And then we bake, and I always let James help. I think it's important to start your day off right with your kids. Is checking my phone the first thing I should be doing every morning? Is that the most important thing in my life? It shouldn't be. 

I've just been realizing more and more each day how fleeting time is. Before I know it James is going to be grown and out of the house and then I'll have all day to be on my phone. But I will wish that I was cuddling my sweet baby and reading him books. 

Don't let time pass you by friends. These are the moments you'll wish for later. Live them. 

Outfit details-
Sandals- Salt Waters


  1. I love that almost every time I read your blog you're posting about something you and James did outside! He seems like he's so active and energetic. And I can totally picture the two of you reading together every morning... how sweet! You're a fantastic mom... speaking of, happy mother's day!

    Sarah @ Life As Always

    1. Thank you!! That's so sweet! I try to get us outside and adventuring every day!

  2. Your James is so handsome- I love the pics

    I love and hate this post all at the same time. I love that you have found a balance in your life and that you are able to put your priorities first. I wish I had that in my life. I spend my days wasting time on the computer or internet and not interacting nearly enough with my children. I've always wanted to be on a schedule and get into a routine but I can't manage to do it. I want to spend more time doing important things and less time doing chores or time wasters but for some reason it's so hard for me. I guess you could say I'm a LOT jealous of your outlook!

    1. Please don't be jealous. You have no idea how hard it is for me to put my phone away and spend quality time sometimes. Phones are so distracting and get in the way a lot! It has taken my sweet son many times prying me away from my phone for me to put it away. I started feeling so guilty that I was taking away time from my son... Telling him without any words that my phone is more important than him. I decided enough was enough and I'm so much happier now!!

      I hope you find your balance!!

  3. He is so cute, and he looks like he is having so much fun! Finding balance is hard for me too!