I stay home with my kids all day everyday, but how much quality time am I actually spending with these little beings? Feeding their hungry mouths alone takes up a large portion of my day: making breakfast, feeding them breakfast, cleaning up from breakfast, making lunch, feeding them lunch, cleaning up from lunch, making dinner, feeding them dinner, cleaning up from dinner (did I remember to eat myself? check!)… and we certainly can’t forget snack time! Then there are the other tasks like getting them dressed (hopefully myself too), changing diapers, bathing, tying and untying shoes, stuffing hands and feet into mittens and boots and tending to every other basic need. These little things add up and tire my pregnant body out! When my older son asks me to “pretend to be the mommy” while he “pretends to be the baby”, sometimes I can’t help but sigh and wish I could just put my feet up for a minute instead. I am reminded daily (at checkout lines in grocery stores, mainly) that these little babies grow up so fast and told to enjoy every moment. I try. I really, really try. Are their moments that I don’t enjoy? YES!… like the box of angel hair pasta that my one year old dumped out and then jumped on earlier today… that wasn’t so fun. Regardless, I do try my best to appreciate this time that I have to spend with them. My favorite thing in the world is to watch them play and interact with one another. However, I have come to realize that their favorite thing is when they have my full, undivided attention… and what a feeling that is to hold on to. I know I won’t be their “one and only” forever so you can bet I am soaking enough of that feeling in to last a lifetime. In an effort to make the most of these moments I started a 14 day challenge called “Meaning in a Minute” that focuses on taking just a moment of each day to connect with your kid. Every day I get an email from http://meaninginaminute.com that describes the one minute “dare” of the day…. from 80s dance parties to putting chocolates on pillows at night, it forces you to take a small amount of time to help your child feel the love. The premise is that moments can make a difference and create memories. Definitely fun stuff and we are all enjoying it! Check out the website and click on “Family” to sign up for the challenge. Just for kicks, I signed up for the “Marriage” dare too… today my dare is to publicly praise my husband so here goes: My husband rocks because he got up with the boys this morning, got them dressed, fed them, emptied the dishwasher, AND took out and fed the dog so I could sleep just a little bit longer … and now I have that much more time to focus on just being with my boys!