Remember.




One of the best things about staying home with my children is having the freedom to do spontaneous things with them throughout the day.  The only problem?  Sometimes I forget.  I let the daily to do's get in the way.  I allow chores like housework, shopping, meal preparation cloud my view.  I lose focus.  I stick to the schedule.  I forget about spontaneity.

Yesterday the sun was shining.  The sky was blue and I was feeling super healthy.  (seriously, friends.  drink the green smoothie NOW! you'll want to send me something in the mail you'll feel so great.) I had just fed the children lunch + Ryan was on his way back to work.  We were on the brink of naptime!  And guess what happened next?  I remembered.  I remembered how great it feels to throw schedules aside.  I remembered how my kids think I'm the greatest mom ever when I suggest an activity that doesn't end with "...and try to be quiet because the babies are sleeping."

So we left.  I loaded the little one's into the double stroller and Owen hoped on his bike.  We walked to the river + had one of the happiest afternoons well...ever.  It couldn't have been better.  No crying, no whining, no begging for snacks out of boredom.  We saw horses and ducks.  Geese and dogs.  We threw rocks into the water.  It was blissful.












I only hope this sweet memory will prompt me to remember more often.

17 comments:

  1. Did you read my mind? Because I've had these same thoughts. Carpe diem. (I am jealous that your baby doesn't cry on your outings though!)

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  2. loved this post... glad you were able to remember this day -- your pictures came out great!

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  3. you've inspired me to remember, too. why, oh why are these spontaneous moments easily forgotten?

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  4. I love this post. It makes me happy. I'll probably come back and read it a few more times today (that's what you do when you are stuck in a hospital room all the day long).

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  5. Hooray for remembering! And thanks for the reminder...my to-do's have been ruling my life and they really don't need to.

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  6. I love days like these. They really are something you need to do. I call it playing hooky. Hooky from the schedule, the laundry, the house... You're right, the kids think you're the most fabulous person on the planet and you feel great too. So glad you had a nice afternoon!

    Here's our latest hooky...
    http://twoshortpeople.blogspot.com/2010/04/hooky.html

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  7. La-la-love this post.

    It's what motherhood is all about,
    these are the moments that your children will remember.

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  8. my favorite kind of days. not that we have much of a schedule to follow everyday - but the days when i put down what i'm doing to give something happy to my kids makes for better days - everytime.
    love those babes of yours. and audrey ponytail the most!
    love, lin

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  9. Hi! I just ran across your link for the free printable of Gordon B. Hinckley's quote about a daughter of virtue.....I had to thank you!!! Can't wait to frame and put it on my daughters' wall. I hope they'll have it engrained in them before they go to YW's.

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  10. Dandee thanks I often times need that little reminder! I "stock" you blog often but have not commented much! I love it though, you are so very creative and inspiring! Saw you trying green smoothies if you would like more recipes check out my blog. www.simplehealthytasty.blogspot.com
    Good luck with the cleanse! Tammie

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  11. I totally agree that with this post! I go back to work in 2 weeks and the one thing I'll miss most about being at home (besides my kids) is making my own schedule or not having to be anywhere at a certain time everyday! Luv your blog by the way! faithful follower!

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  12. Schedules are good for sanity, but spontaneity is good for the memories. I love taking advantage of the mighty Columbia.

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  13. enjoy those days now. before you know it, you'll have FIVE kids home for summer. whew...i'm tired just thinking about how much work that must be!

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  14. spontaneity. Thats it! Thats what I miss most. I work from home and even though I get to be home with my kids I miss the adventures we used to have. Thanks for helping me remember.

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  15. I love days like that. Your children remember them more than they will remember a clean house. I still have to keep telling myself that.

    Great photos by the way. I especially love the last one.

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  16. What a cute blog and family!
    XOXO
    Frenchy

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