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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

It's The Simple Things

On any given day I have a list of all the things I need to get done...preferably that day...but more realistically just "sometime soon".  And I admit, the things that need to get done "soon" often get pushed back more times than I'd like.  Every day things like dishes, grocery shopping, school, and cooking take up a good portion of the day so in between tackling all of those things, it's hard to also successfully complete the additional "to-do" list, and spend quality time with the kids.  It's that constant quest for balance, know what I mean?  I'm a slave to my "to-do" list, and it's something I'm constantly working on to change.  

The other day I decided I really wanted to put the "to-do" list away.  So we went for a walk.  Nothing fancy, just us and the outdoors.  It was great!  We go to the park all the time with friends, but we don't go as often just ourselves.  I found out though, going by ourselves allowed me to really focus on the kids and appreciate the simple things they found entertainment with.  

Aubri did spend much of the beginning moments rifling through my bag in search of food.
But she did stop to enjoy the birds flying overhead.  She loves anything that flies...birds, airplanes, etc.  
In normal Landon fashion, he immediately found a cool stick, jumped on the bench, and proceeded to freeze Aubri and I with his stick wand.
We walked around a lot and found flowers and rocks.  But my favorite moment was seeing the kids share a smile over fruit snacks.  They really do love each other and they melt my heart.
It won't be long before these two are in school every day like Shaylin so I hope to enjoy more of these simple moments with them while they are still young and home with me.  It was a no-frills outing, but sometimes those really are the best.  The quality time really reenergized me and gave me motivation to tackle the rest of my day.  Every day life is so busy, I often forget that it's the simple things that often bring the most enjoyment.  This day was a good reminder of that for me.  What are some of your favorite simple things to do with your kids?  I'd love to hear!


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