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.