|The kids enjoying our spontaneous picnic in our backyard.|
On the way home from the grocery store, on what seemed like a predictable Sunday afternoon, my four year old said, “Mommy, its beautiful outside. Let’s have a picnic!” Glancing at the blue skies and abundance of sunshine and hesitantly answered, “Ok. Why not?” Thinking like a mother with lots to do, including, laundry, Sunday dinner, keeping my ADD at bay and other mommy things–I wanted to say, “Not today. Maybe another time.” But, this time something was different. I told the “team” to help put away the groceries while I begin to pack the cooler, and just like that…we were having a picnic!
|Beautiful blue sky…not a cloud in sight.|
|Smiling for the camera.|
|Wiggling her toes in the wind.|
|Wasn’t impressed with her food. Went for a sandwich instead.|
I would never have imagined the kids that excited about going to the BACKYARD! We spend loads of money on airline tickets, amusement parks, water parks, and winter sports and these guys are excited about lunch in the backyard! I grabbed a quilt and got busy on our impromptu family day outing. A few sandwiches, some fruit and yogurt later, I got an “I love you Mommy!” and a “This is great!” So, I would say that it was worth it. Even my 6 month old let out a few squeals of gratitude. She, too, enjoyed the sun and wiggling her toes in the wind. Moments like these are so subtle, yet so powerful. How many times have we held on to cherishable childhood memories that were really just “feel good” days? I’m hopeful that my kids will grow up with quite a few of these “feel good” days and loving themselves and each other in the process.
|Enjoying her sandwich|
|Being a sweet big brother|
Grateful seems like such mild word. I can’t find the right one at the moment. But I am. I’m truly grateful for putting the laundry and dinner on the back burner (delete pun) this Sunday. It felt good!