Tuesday, January 20, 2009

One On One

When you have multiple children, it's often hard to find one on one time with each one. Between work, school, sports, and other activities, life gets busy. Todd and I try to make special time with them when we can but sometimes it's hard. This past weekend we were both lucky enough to have some special times with the boys. Saturday morning Drew and I were going shopping to buy food to cook for Saturday night. He suggested we go to Caribou Coffee. What a great idea. It was so nice having alone time with him and talking with him. We even did a little shopping after our errands and had a great time. He's getting so grown up and I know these times may become fewer and farther between as he grows up. Saturday afternoon, Noah had a soccer game and it was during Aiden's nap. Since I had missed his first game, Todd stayed home with the boys and I got to go by myself to Noah's soccer game. Afterwards he asked if we could go to Hobby Lobby (he's planning a Valentine's party for us like Drew's Christmas party) and then we went to McDonald's for ice cream. I loved that it just happened that I got special time with each of my two older boys that day. I love being able to focus on just them. Saturday night my Aunt Cindy and Uncle Joe came over for dinner and to play some Wii. We all had so much fun and it was nice to have that special time with them also.

Saturday night I finally gave in and let Aiden sleep without a pull up for the first time. He had only wet his pull up once in the last month or so, so he is ready to give them up, I just was holding back because you know who would be the one getting up changing wet sheets during the night. Moi. Todd told him if he kept his underwear dry all night, he would take him out for doughnuts sunday morning. Of course he stayed dry like I knew he would so he and daddy went out for breakfast early Sunday morning. Aiden was so excited and was so cute going off with daddy. On Monday, I had to work and the two older boys were playing at Grandma and Grandpa Klauser's so Todd and Aiden got some more special time together. They ended up going swimming at the Y and just happened to run into my Matt and Beth and kids there.

It was nice this weekend because Aiden and I are alone during the days so we get plenty of special time but it's harder for me to get it with the older two. Todd works during the day and is busy with the older two coaching their sports and helping with Scouts so he doesn't always get the time with Aiden. We were lucky to have had those little special moments this weekend. It's all worth it, especially when we're laying in bed and Aiden wraps one arm around each of us and says. "You guys are the best!"

I found this quote on the Unity blog awhile back and just loved it so I'm posting it so I won't forget it. It's something we should all live by, definitely something I need to work on.

If you don't like something, change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it.
~Mary Engelbreit


Weber said...

Special time with each one is so wonderful isn't it! My boys love that attention. How nice it worked out so well for you and your little guys.

LOVE the quote. =)

Aunt Cindy said...

What a wonderful post Kel...it is hard in the parenting days to do special things one on one, but you guys always seem to manage it so well. I'm glad we got to share in part of your weekend too. Uncle Joe and I enjoyed our special Christmas Gift (dinner with our godchildren), and you and Drew did a fantastic job on dinner. It was the best meal we've had in a long time....topped off with Drew's special dessert. And of course I have you to thank for our new Wii purchase. (ok, Joe wanted one already, but your Fit Demo sped up the process)

OHmommy said...

Wow... that is one great post. I too often feel guilty about not spending enough time with each child.

But. that quote... speaks to me.

Tracey said...

You are so right. It is hard to find a "special One on One" time with the kids. I am glad you were able to have such a great week-end!