Friday, April 12


I am sure every new mother struggles with the word balance.  There are so many new things to add to your plate.  I have had a really hard time trying to find the time to do the wash, mop the floors, vacuum the carpet, wash the car, cook dinner, fold the laundry, put away the laundry, feed the dog, take the dog on a walk, remember to give GiGi her medication, change the sheets, make bows, read my scriptures, eat healthy, brush my teeth for heavens sake, all while wanting to spend every last second with my sweet baby and loving husband.  

While I was busily trying to upload a video this morning on the blog, I looked down to see Penelope almost rolling over, from back to front.  I would have been so mad at myself, if I had missed this big milestone because I was too busy worrying about mundane things.

Social media has defiantly come a long ways from when we were younger.  I don't remember ever seeing my mom on her phone.  I still don't really see her on her phone.  I blame it on the old flip phone, that she still has.  But I really think there is some advantage to the good old brick cell phones.  You know the ones that could only call, text, and play snake on them.  There was no internet at the tips of your fingers.  There was no access to Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Blogger.  You used your phone for one purpose only and that was to communicate with others.

As I was listening to conference this past weekend the main thing that stood out to me was putting down the phone.  I will admit I am a total addict.  As if you didn't already know this.  It really started when I was trying to stay awake in the middle of the night nursing Penelope.  I didn't want to dose off, so I found myself perusing the internet for long periods of time.  It would take her almost 45 minutes to finish nursing.  I also would watch series on Netflix.  These were honestly the only things to keep me from not falling asleep.  

One of the talks touched on using social media for the good and to bear testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel.  While the internet and other outlets can be used for good, I also have seen the negative effects.  I am completely at fault for this.  I am sure I have missed out on a good conversation with my husband or moments just snuggling my baby, because I am glued to the dang phone.  I am sure I have waisted countless hours on the internet.  I have also noticed kids these days with ipads at church and around the dinner table.  What happened to meaningful conversations and quiet books at church.

 Tyson and I have had many discussion about teaching our children how to sit still without having some other form of distraction.  I know that it is easier said than done, but I think it is important.  I need to be the example of this.  I can't expect my kids to do it, if I don't do it myself.  This past week I have really tried to not check my phone constantly.  I still have a long ways to go.

I have found that the most fulling days are the days when I wake up early and get the house cleaned.  I make time to exercise and get completely ready for the day.  I make my family a good dinner and spend quality time holding and playing with Penelope.  There is a time and a season for all things and I am going to make sure that I don't let these sweet moments with my little one pass before my eyes.

I hope I can learn how to simplify and really focus on being in the moment.  Time passes to quickly and I hope to cherish every second with my little bean.

Any advice on what has worked for you, would be awesome!

1 comment:

  1. I saw this cute little poster this morning and then you wrote this post! Couldnt help but share it with you. :)