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The Joys Of A Simple Weekend

Have you ever had one of those really good weekends? I mean really good – full of simple beauty? Well, that was my weekend. It was amazing from start to finish. There was no grant plan. We just made things up as we went along and let the day fold itself into one beautiful memory.

Our weekend morning began as they always do, with chocolate chip pancakes glory. I can hear the all of the kitchen commotion from my bedroom. Cabinets opening and closing, the clanging of pots and pans, and the oldest asking for more chocolate chip as my husband indulges her. The giggles and screeches, as the girls play together while the pancakes are cooking on the griddle.

Our breakfast conversation consisting of giggles and imaginary ideas. My husband chiming in, suggesting we spend the early afternoon at our local grocery store where they were having some outdoor activities for children.

The weather was beautiful. It was a breezy day, full of shine sun. My husband and I took turns holding the baby as our preschooler ran between bounce houses and playing games filled with sugary prizes. It was so lovely just being in the moment, that we stayed much longer than intended.

As the day moved slowly and quietly forward, my husband suggested an evening movie in the next town over. We were in luck. The theater was playing Captain Underpants. My daughter giggled at the title, so I knew it would be a success. Who doesn’t love an early evening filled with popcorn and laughter!?

Have you ever seen the t.v. show Gilmore Girls? Well this theater definitely has a small town, Stars Hollow vibes with it’s cute, eclectically decorated foyer. It’s something to marvel at. A true diamond in the rough.

The movie was followed by dinner at home and a much anticipated walk to the park. I swear my daughter would live at the park if she could. As for me, I enjoy the walk more than the destination. Funny isn’t it!? Especially since I have been trying to focus on enjoying the journey when it comes to my own creative path.

Walks are different. They are my time to just be and enjoy the world around me. We often take the scenic route to the park because I cannot get enough of these glorious summer days… My preschooler has learned to adapt, understanding she will have to wait the extra 10 minutes before the swing set is within reach.

Our little family finally reaching the park. It was a cool summer night and we had the park all to ourselves. As day turned to night, we found ourselves catching fireflies among the crisp, cool air. As we walked home, the anticipation of s’mores and bedtime stories lingered in the air.

Our Sunday seemed to be a sweet repeat of the day before, with a few variations. After breakfast, I got ready and left to help set up a children’s carnival. My husband held down the fort at home – feeding the girls lunch and getting them ready to meet me for some fun. Once again, my girl ran between bounce houses as I talked with some other sweet mamas.

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.” -Shakespeare

It was a fun filled afternoon, but my favorite part – our walk to the park. As we made our way towards the equipment, my daughter shouted with excitement, “kids!” Mostly elementary boys, donned in their stained up baseball uniforms. It didn’t seem to intimidate my girl! I quickly realized I could learn a thing or two from this fearless little girl, who didn’t seem to notice that she stuck out like a sore thumb in her pink, ruffle dress. She ran around, like she owned the place. Not bothered in the least by all the commotion.

Sometimes we really can learn so much from our children and their willingness to forge ahead. My girl never seemed to waver in her confidence to ran about the park as if no one was there.

It’s the joys of a simple weekend, that are blessed with the most beauty and grace. I feel like the Lord always knows when they are most needed and he places them in our path. This weekend is one beautiful memory, starting with chocolate chip pancakes and finishing with fairy tale endings.

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

 

 

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Christmas To-Do List : {Making Memories}

Our Christmas to do list usually starts before Thanksgiving. Gasp! Yes, we usually try to see Santa before Thanksgiving. My previous post shares are reasons behind visiting him before Thanksgiving.

The rest of our holiday activities usually kick off the first weekend in December, with a trip to Disney on Ice. My girl loves it! Her favorite Disney princess is Snow White! It may have something to do with the fact that, it was her birthday theme this past year. Nevertheless, it made this year the best Disney on Ice ever, because Snow White and the seven dwarves  made an appearance! Or as my daughter likes to call them – the 7 D’s!  She attended the show all decked out in her Snow White attire!

The rest of our weekends are usually spent doing different holiday activities – everything from pancake and pajama breakfast, to seeing Christmas plays, cookie decorating, and going to all the small town Christmas events.

My Pinterest searches are usually brimming with holiday cheer starting in July. I am always on the lookout for fresh new ideas and activities. There are always things I’d like to add, but of course that would mean doing away with a few others. Anyone else have that problem? You see so many cute suggestions or ideas, that it becomes hard to narrow down your holiday list?

One holiday activity I would love to add would be taking the girls on the Polar Express train ride. I think they would love it! Or even the possibility of attending the Polar Express pajama party at our theater. Of course that would mean giving up Disney on Ice. Decisions, decisions…

Another suggestion that came in this year from a fellow mama, was visiting Santa at the Macy’s in Chicago. She made it sound like it was the most magical experience ever – so of course it’s on my wish list for upcoming years. Anyone ever taken your child there? We’ve never been. It would definitely be a little bit of a journey with two little ones. But it just sounds like a truly wonderful experience.

One of our regular traditions is to go back to my husband’s hometown and attend their Christmas festivities. Unfortunately with the weather being unpredictable, it meant we were unable to attend this year.  We were all a little bummed… Luckily with my list of ideas we were able to do a few activities in place of our travel plans.

We had a Polar Express movie night. Complete with cookie making and hot chocolate!  I didn’t want to make it too complicated. So we just used the premade sheets of cookie dough and the packets of hot chocolate mix. We had the best time! ! I hope to make this a yearly tradition!

Our second activity (making a Gingerbread House) was fun, but won’t be winning us any awards! The house completely fell apart before it was even half way decorated, but my girl had a blast! Especially eating all the decorations. My friend Kelly, said we need to purchase the pre-made houses! Thanks Kelly! I will definitely do that next year!

What are some of your favorite Christmas activities? Do you find it hard to pick and choose which ones to do each year?

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You