The Present Of Being In The Present

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and enjoyed a Merry Christmas and beginning of Hanukkah.

Earlier last week I had a special moment with Mary.  We were playing in a new little tent that she was given and enjoying snacks in our “fort.”  She was giggling and just being so sweet.  It stopped me in my tracks.  I have had moments lately where I wish things were going a certain way or there were a few things I wish I had.  But being in the moment, right there with my daughter, made me realize that it is important to enjoy those times.  We need to spend less time wishing for what we don’t have and instead, spend some time thoroughly enjoying the blessings we already do have.  She is constantly growing and changing.  If I don’t take the time to enjoy each moment, it will pass before I have a chance to appreciate it.

I made a mental note to do this during our holiday weekend…..

On Thursday we headed down to Chicago.  I had a humorous moment when we stopped at a gas station an hour and a half south of where we live.  We always stop at a particular place to grab Jimmy John’s sandwiches and “car snacks.”  If you know anything about me, I eat a rather healthy diet.  But when we load up in the car, we let loose.  I couldn’t decide on what snacks to get so I grabbed four medium sized bags of chips and two diet sodas.  As I was waiting to check out, I ran into a guy I know from high school who also goes to the gym I work at.  He knows that I am a certified Health Coach.  Busted!  He smiled at me and said, “No worries.  You don’t need to justify.”

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I didn’t even take a picture.  I’m just reposting from my last “road trip.”

On Friday we met with the family to make gingerbread houses. This is an annual tradition spearheaded by my mother-in-law.  She goes to great lengths to make this an extra special event for all of her grandchildren, family, and friends.  Mary “helped” me make a house. Basically she tried her hand at M&M’s, licorice, Sno-Caps, and many other delicious treats.

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Later that evening our family rented a small ice rink for another annual tradition, a skating party!  I was sort of dreading this and almost didn’t bring my skates.  I figured that with a 16 month old, we would just be chasing her around the lobby the entire time and no one would get to enjoy skating.  However, when we arrived I decided to take a peek at the rental skates and noticed there were some nice, relatively tiny ones.

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Mary loves to try on people’s shoes and wear them around the house.  I honestly would never recommend taking a child under the age of two (and as a professional skating coach I would actually say wait until they are 3 or 4) but I figured it might be fun to see if Mary would even just let us put them on her.  When she didn’t protest, I took her out to do some spins with me.  However, we were shocked when after a few minutes of help, she was actually skating on her own!

And then a few minutes later…….

Christmas Eve and Christmas day were filled with lots of family, festivities, and a lot of food.  Mary got her own Christmas pajamas to wear to bed on Christmas Eve and was soaking everything in all day.  I feel like this was truly her first Christmas, because she could understand it a bit more this year.  I can’t even imagine how much fun it will be in the seasons to come.

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I was also fortunate to get outside for a warm-ish (30 degree) run.  It felt so nice to run on pavement again.  Yesterday marked the first day of my Boston Marathon training.  I have to say that it felt fantastic to take a break in the middle of the day to get a sweat in after plowing through a beautiful Christmas brunch.

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Crazy hair.  Great run!

I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of people out running all day on Christmas.  Way to go runners!

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend.  Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays!

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How did you spend your holiday weekend?  What is your best recommendation for staying in the present when things get hectic?

11 thoughts on “The Present Of Being In The Present

  1. I think one of the biggest things is to make it a priority. With our kids being older it is easy to just hang around together, but it is important that we all agree it is ok to say ‘hey, off the phones’ and be present. My older son posted on Instagram about how wonderful his Christmas was, and Lisa and I felt the same way – we focused on giving back, spending time together, and just enjoying.

    Loved the videos – we love skating as a family (not that we are very good, but still … ). Glad you had a great Christmas!

  2. First of all, Mary skates better than I ever have. Period. I’ve found that turning off the social media, but also just taking a deep breath. I sometimes just breath and look around. Smell, taste, sound. Use my senses to ground myself in that second. Because you are right–we are never getting these moments back.

    • Haha. Perhaps next time we are in town we will have to meet up and go for a skate. Deep breaths are amazing. I meditated a lot before and during pregnancy. It is so helpful at night when I’m in bed and my head is spinning.

  3. I always spend the holiday weekend with my immediate family. My cousin is 15 months old, and comparing her from this Christmas to the last one is crazy. She doesn’t understand it yet, but she’s much more present and helps people open presents. I love watching her grow!

  4. Our Christmas doesn’t involve anyone under the age of 16, so thankfully it makes it easy to keep things on the not-so-hectic side. After the traditional Christmas morning run and a very quiet gift exchange, it was time for the adults to, well, you know….ADULT. 🙂 The best thing is I think the 16 year-old is starting to understand that Christmas isn’t about the gifts, but about being with the ones you love. You really can’t ask for a better gift than that kind of understanding.

  5. That is so awesome that she was skating, love the videos! We need to get our girls on sates more and that’s one thing I plan to do more of this winter. Glad you had a nice Christmas with family. Ours was a little different with my husband working but we managed to do 75% of Christmas together.

    • I was watching a documentary on Montreal yesterday and during a tour of an ice rink the guide said that many people in Canada give their kids skates as soon as they walk. It made me laugh because so many of my Canadian friends would likely agree. So nice that you were able to get most of your Christmas in as a family!

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