I've been focusing on being disciplined (or as I say, on a diet) about the internet. Limiting my time on here to only 3 times during the daytime, for 30 min. at a time; I set a timer and then get off when I'm done. It's so easy to get sucked into the abyss of blogs & funny stuff & facebook & emails & the list could go on and on....
(Trying to catch this one smiling on camera is proving to be very hard! She is always so happy but I just can't seem to get a good pic of it!)
Sometimes, as a stay at home mom, it's the only way to connect to the world. We stay home a LOT. It's an overwhelming task for me, being a self-proclaimed hermit AND the mama to four kiddos 4 years & under, to see that leaving the house for a quick errand to the store is really worth the 45 minutes it takes us to get ready to go out the door, buckle everyone into their carseats, get unloaded & loaded into shopping carts, etc etc.
(What a motley looking crew!)
Most days, I just opt for us to stay in our own environment. We have mom's day out on Tuesdays, and ballet/children's choir/church on Wednesdays, and church stuff on Sundays as well.We usually invite someone over for a visit at least once a week. It's not like we are totally isolated, but there are definitely times where I go a couple of days without grown up interaction, besides with the hubs.(Playing "basketball" before Wacky Wednesday- pajama night- at church last week.)
Am I complaining- not one single bit. I explain all of this to say WHY the internet is such a strong temptation & draw for me every day, but also to remind myself that while connecting with grownups is very important, so is being present with my kids.
Building forts with them.
Teaching them how to interact with each other.
Trying not to miss any of these moments, no matter how crazy.
Teaching them about grace & the Gospel. And animal sounds.