Monday, April 29, 2013

B.M.W.B - Stopping Myself

On Friday we had the best day. We spent the morning making over t-shirts at The Make Cafe. (You can see them wearing the t-shirts in these shots).

We stopped for a smoothie on the way home - our love-tanks were full, we had had a lovely time together.

When we got home the boys were playing so I whipped out the polar fleece for the 7 pairs of boy-trackies I needed to make. Like moths to the flame I ended up with 2 helpers. I got the trackies cut out but I got less and less gracious about my boys hanging about and moving things, and taking the scraps before I was finished cutting.... then, instead of letting resentment turn into angry words and sad attempts to send them to something 'more fun'...

I stopped myself.

I reminded myself it's school holidays - I'd achieved enough it was time to stop and enjoy my boys.

So I sent them to get teddies and I let them use my very special sewing scissors, and we turned the fought-over scraps into scarves. (FYI - no sewing required - cut tassles at each end of a long strip and cut a very small hole about 2/3rds of the way up to thread one end through. You can also make big people scarves the same way.)

They were so pleased. We even ended up whipping up a few hats on the sewing machine - Flip did his himself.

By Friday night I felt SO pleased with the day we'd had. I'm so glad I stopped myself and turned what was becoming resentment into a special time. (And on Saturday morning when they were out with The Atlas I sewed up 7 pairs of trackies - no stress, no grumping).

I love that this journey is helping me to stop myself in the ingrained patterns of selfishness and helping me to enjoy more time with these boys. I know most days I'm still not perfect but because I blog about it and because it matters so much to me I am looking for those little opportunities, and because of that I am becoming slowly, step by step, the mama I want to be.

Becoming the Mama I want to be is about taking time to enjoy the journey of parenting, to honour it's value and to hopefully inspire and encourage each other. 

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