Though at the time it seemed we were doing 'nothing.'
Looking back, it seems we did 'everything.'
We went on a family walk/bike ride and get caught in a major hail storm. With some on bikes, some on foot, and a lucky one in a partially covered stroller, we arrived home out of breath, with sore faces from hail and hair as wet as though we'd just showered. At 4:45pm we all changed out of wet clothes and into our pajamas and settled down to a co-operative task of fixing tacos for dinner---everyone's all time favorite meal!
We enjoyed a family movie night sans two children, viewing the old favorite, E.T. We all relished in a little less chaos with two less noisemakers.
We enjoyed an evening with extended family and an evening with dear friends.
We enjoyed a laughter filled game of 'Quickly-pull-your-candy-attached-to-a-string-before-the-pan-lid-slams-down-on-it' that Megan enthusiastically introduced to us. (We did our best to ignore Joshua's incessant requests of "When can I eat it?")
I love what Elder Uchtdorf said in his last General Conference address,
"In family relationships love is really spelled t-i-m-e, time."
I couldn't agree with him more. We don't have a lot of fancy toys, we don't really have a lot of extra money, but we have T-I-M-E. And as a mother of rapidly growing children, I am finding that is one of the best things of all.
Although I must point out that I am not in agreement with Elder Uchtdorf's next sentence, "Taking time for each other is the key for harmony at home."
Case in point:
- One child preferred to make a leather case for their chapstick instead of pitching in with all the others to assist with dinner preparation.
- One child slammed their finger in a heavy container and the rest of us spent the whole day reeling from the loud whining effects.
- One child felt the need to watch the movie with their feet about twelve inches from another child's face.
- One child caused Mom to still be fighting with them about unbrushed teeth at 5:25PM.
- One child's frequent attempts to turn on their own DVD, resulted in an unfixable DVD player.