I Decided to Live in the Moment – Mrs. Bishop

This weekend was my son’s 4th Birthday party. We had a fun Star Wars themed party with family and friends. Yummy snacks and cupcakes that I let my little guy help me decorate. They weren’t the most beautiful, but he was so proud to share them, because he got to be a part of the creating of them.

I had planned on taking loads of pictures of the party setup. The decor, the food, and the activities I had thrown together. Planned on taking pictures of the kids playing and the present opening.

But I didn’t.

I sat my phone on the back of the counter, and left it there.

I let my son help me bake cupcakes.

I handed out food and drinks to my friends and family.

I refilled snacks and played with my nephews.

I blew bubbles and partook in lightsaber battles.

I helped my baby open his presents.

I laughed with my mom.

I teased my big brother.

I hugged grandparents.

Without the hindrance of a screen, I was able to live in the moment. My hands were free to dole out food and hold hands. My mind was clear to join in conversation. I saw smiles in real time and not through the square on my phone.

It was my favorite birthday party we’ve thrown for my little guy so far, because I ENJOYED it.

I didn’t let my need to share every second of his day with the world take over. I didn’t stress over everything looking picture perfect. I can’t remember the last time I let myself have fun at an event, because I usually sweat the details.

Put down the phone. Forget the camera. And live in the moment. The memories made will last a lifetime.


(And if you need Star Wars party ideas, check my Pinterest board. I got all of my ideas from there. Sorry, I didn’t take any pictures…)

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