Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Merry Christmas Snuggle

One of my favorite things to do this year (especially considering the pregnancy) is to snuggle up on the couch with my family and watch Christmas movies. Last night was "Polar Express" which is a movie that I hold near and dear to my heart because it had become one of my father's favorites.
It was late enough in the evening that Drew actually sat and watched the movie all wrapped up with me in our favorite Christmas quilt. "Hot Chocolate" was our favorite part of the movie. Drew really seemed to enjoy it and repeated it over again the best he could. It was so cute and a moment that I will cherish forever. I just kept looking over at him sitting there with me, my arm around him, thinking that I will never have this very moment again. He is growing so quickly that he changes every day it seems. I know it's funny, but I never want to forget my thinking at that moment. I kept looking at his little head with his little baby hair and thinking to myself "I need to remember what this looks like. I can never, ever forget what this feels like." It makes me emotional thinking about it now. Colin and I really try and remember to live in the moment. Kids are the best way to make you realize that it's what's happening now that matters.... it is this very moment. Obviously I was not thinking of capturing that moment on film, it was way too important for that, but as I'm always thinking of documenting our lives, I did snap this picture thinking of building memories about it today.

"I will never, ever forget these precious moments"



77 comments:

La Belle Mere UK said...

Awwww so cute. I love The Polar Express! My stepkids watch it every Xmas to.

Nice xmas quilt!

Happy SITS day.

LBM X

{Katie Lane} said...

This post is so very sweet. I'm the same way. Enjoy the little moments that are happening all around you.

Helen McGinn said...

That's a lovely story. I totally live for the moment with my kids, never expect anything to go to plan and take joy from a hand on my face or a hug. Tis grand. I love that quilt, btw...it's beautiful. xx

MrsM said...

Awww, I love moments like that! Each one of them is so special, but so brief-but a good life is made up of a thousand little moments like that.

Yaya said...

Snuggles are the best!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Awwww! Those moments are definitely precious memories. I keep reminding myself to remember those moments, too - they grow way too fast. It seems like yesterday that Princess Nagger was just a cute little blob of a baby, now she'll be starting first grade this year. Ack! I'm still trying to find that 'pause' button... ;)

Happy SITS Day! :)

mommytoalot said...

such precious memories

Aihara Ramintessah Sanchez said...

Oh what a touching post hun! I can feel the love.You should try documenting your moments into scrapbook pages.TFS!

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

Too sweet!

Reluctant Housewife said...

Aw! I remember that soft baby hair. My kids' hair is wiry now... I wonder when it changed. Hmmm. Maybe I need to live in the moment more.

Great post!

Jacky said...

How sweet. =) My mom always tell me that when I was a baby, she would imagine what I would be like when I grew up. She says now she knows (I'm 18), but it happened too fast!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

What a sweet post! I find myself constantly saying this to myself...after I've become exasperated with my little ones yet again. :) I love watching Christmas movies too, and it's so much more fun as they get a bit older. :) Happy SITS Day!

roadrunner201 said...

So sweet. I love Christmas. I can not wait until my little man is old enough to love Christmas with me:-)

Happy SITS day!

Sharon said...

Absolutely!! you wrote the thoughts that I feel all the time. Having a toddler is such a short season and I want to drink it all in!

Actually, I think that is one of the benefits of blogging. I take a lot more pictures and capture a lot more moments.

Enjoy your FB day. I had a nice visit!!

glenna said...

Lovely post.

Lovely Christmas quilt!
Did you make it? I sew a lot, but have never made a full size quilt. It is something on my to do list. :-)

Mommys Online Garage Sale said...

Love that quilt. Polar Express is one of our Fav's too!

barefacedapproach said...

Such a beautiful quilt!!!

Creative Junkie said...

This was a very sweet post!

Laila Of Course! said...

Beautiful post. :)

Daphne said...

totally agree about living in the moment - its hard especially when you're mostly in the "thick of action".

I try to set aside some and consciously enjoy time with the kids. Its amazing how often we're there but not there at times, if you know what I'm saying.

Laura said...

I LOVE the Christmas season, the movies, the decorating, the cold...even the shopping.

JaelCustomDesigns said...

* Popping in from SITS!
Happy SITS Day! I love the holidays! I love to curl up with the hubby and kids and sit by the fireplace and watch movies. I must say Thanksgiving & Christmas are my two favorite holidays! :-)

Tonya said...

I love that quilt and the Polar Express! Happy SITS day!

Single Mama NYC said...

I do the same exact thing! I savor moments with my Theo with so fully that they are almost excruciatingly beautiful, just so that I can etch them into my mind forever. It's so important for me to be fully present with him - he'll be 2 years old next month and this has been the fastest two years of my life!

Katie said...

So sweet! :)

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missy said...

fun!!!!!! you are correct......they grow up way to fast!!!!
enjoy every little memory!!!!!

Little Miss Baker said...

My favorite xmas movie is Elf! I will have to watch the Polar Express this holiday season!

Michelle said...

I have to remember to live IN the moment instead of trying to document the moment. I'm getting better.

Red Writing said...

Snuggling has got to be the all-time best memory-making event. Thanks for a sweet reminder to live in the now.

Jessica said...

Very sweet.

Robin said...

So very true....

Marrdy said...

You just keeping holding onto that baby! They still like to cuddle when they are older but it's not quite the same. My 15 year old is still a cuddle bug and I do so love it!

Heth said...

Mary Beth,

I just found your blog thru SITS this morning and it was so touching. I LOVED reading this post. So beautiful. :) I also love your Christmas quilt!

Suzi said...

Love your Christmas Quilt. Happy SITS Day.

Mel said...

Awwww....definitely makes for great memories. I have a saying up on my dining room wall above our table that says, "Enjoy this moment because it will never come again." So true.

Robbie S. Redmon, LPC said...

Ahh! Happy SITS Day!

Amy said...

How beautiful! I love those moments when the little ones just want to cuddle. I too am dreading the day my young ones grow up. I love that you documented your thoughts and your moment with your son. And I LOVE your Christmas blanket! It is so beautiful!

Lady Mama said...

Absolutely! You put it so well. These moment go by so fast, I too try to remember to stop and enjoy them.

Jennifer said...

I bet that picture will bring back that memory every time.

Eclipsed said...

Such a sweet post. I can't wait to start making those special Christmas memories with my little one.

Sarah said...

This is so sweet. I can't wait to make memories like this.

Smitten by Britain said...

I love "Polar Express" too. That's a nice tradition you've started there.

Katie said...

So sweet! I love traditions, especially Christmas ones!

Mama Mair said...

It's a great tradition many families share - including mine. But I'm out of it. Christmas movies are really not my thing. I'm the grinch. Sorry. That's just me and I'm OK with that.
Love the quilt. I sew felt applique stockings for my wee ones. That's my contribution to the holidays.
happy sits day!

Chaotic Kristy said...

so sweet

Jo said...

That's so sweet. I love memories like that.

Lance and Jewls said...

How sweet! I wish it were Christmas now!

The818 said...

What a lovely post. Happy SITS day!

Pam said...

What a great memory. Our family loves to watch Christmas movies together as well. NOw that my girls are teens we can usually only manage one with the WHOLE family during the entire season. A Christmas Story is the one family favorite that we always make sure to wait until everyone is home to enjoy it together.

Pricilla said...

Happy SITS day.
Christmas brings out the best in memories.

Stalker v1.5 said...

That story is so sweet, my teefers hurt!! Cute-cute-cute.

Xazmin said...

I LOVE this post! Something about Christmastime is so...so...FAMILY! I have been feeling so nastalgic for Christmas these past few weeks, and I'm so glad I stopped by SITS today and found your blog!

shortmama said...

Awwww Christmas and family just go together!

JennyMac said...

Cherish these memories! So sweet.

Unknown Mami said...

Very touching post. It's so important to live in the moment, but so easy to forget.

Norine said...

So sweet and so true! Where's my tissue... :)

Congrats on your SITS feature, you have a very nice blog!

Norine
Don't Put Lizards In Your Ears

Joy said...

That is SUCH a prtty quilt :o)

Congrats on your SITS day!

sandy said...

What a lovely post!

Happy SITSday!

Heather said...

I feel you! My daughter is turning 1 next month and it's freakin me out. I literally try to take these mental snapshots of her but it's impossible as she changes soooo much. Enjoyed your blog!

Are You There Mom? said...

Oh gosh you're SO right! I love that blanket btw!!!

mommy4life said...

I too try to enjoy my kiddos. They are gone so fast!

The Mom @ Babes in Hairland said...

You have to cherish them all because they do grow up so fast. Very nicely put. Happy FB @ SITS day!

Carolyn said...

The Polar Express has been my four year old's favorite movie for two years now. We watch it all year around! We went to the IMAX to see it last year and he loved it! It's so fun to watch them when they're really enjoying something, isn't it?

Lamonica Epps said...

It's great that you enjoyed that moment with your son. Great post.

Stopping by from SITS

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

What a precious moment and how wise you are to cherish it. Living in the moment is great advice!
visiting from SITS.

Marketing Mama said...

That is sooo sweet! Love the quilt photo. Happy SITS day!!!

Mama Kat said...

I try to appreciate those sweet moments too! So special!

Mama Mel said...

So true! These precious moments are so heartwarming and they go by in a flash! My son will be turning 2 soon, and I am still in disbelief... :( Thanks for sharing! Love the quilt!

supah ~d said...

That makes me want to weep because today my friend from college who has battled cancer herself and continues.. is in the hospital with her 2 year old who has been diagnosed with metastatic neuroblastoma.

It's a cruel world sometimes.. so hold tight to all you love..

Polar express .. is a magical book and the movie did it fair justice. :) We love it too.

happy sits day.
d

T~T said...

so very true - and that quilt is gorgeous

Kristin said...

I find myself trying to make a snapshot in my mind when I'm cuddling my munchkin too!

Rachel said...

Aw, how neat.

Jamie said...

Thanks for the reminder. My husband and I have been changing somethings up in our home in order to create a more family friendly environment. One thing in particular that we are implementing is creating shadows. Having our kiddos with us while doing chores, having fun, whatever. In the process we are creating memories, teaching our children, and tying strings.
Thanks again for the reminder!

Michelle (hometc) said...

You've got the right idea about living in the moment, in the now. It is the best time to appreciate what's happening in our lives and makes for the best memories. Great post!

Jessica said...

Happy SITS!

Michelle said...

Aww...so cute! My baby is 9 and it is scary how time flies.

Days of Whine & Noses said...

time flys! my oldest is 14 starting high school next week and my youngest is 4 starting preschool at the end of August!

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