Unplugged Sunday

Unplugged Sunday:  Newspaper reading

For the past several weeks, Heather has been sharing her family’s experiences with spending Sunday “unplugged”.   For her family this means no computers, texting, video games or TV (though they may watch an occaisional movie).  Their need to unplug, and the experiences that have resulted from doing so, have really resonated with me.  So, I suggested we try it and this Sunday we spent our unplugged.

To be honest, I’m really the one that needs this.  I have gotten into the habit of checking e-mail, facebook, etc. much too often throughout the day.  Or, I’ll turn the TV on for the kids for a quick show so I can get a few things done.  None of these things are bad in and of themselves but it can be too much.

I wasn’t sure I’d stick with it.

Unplugged Sunday:  At the river

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Unplugged Sunday:  Inspiration

But I did and I really enjoyed it.   In fact, it was a bit of a relief.

Unplugged Sunday

Unplugged Sunday:  Newspaper reading
For the past several weeks, Heather has been sharing her family's experiences with spending Sunday "unplugged".   For her family this means no computers, texting, video games or TV (though they may watch an occaisional movie).  Their need to unplug, and the experiences that have resulted from doing so, have really resonated with me.  So, I suggested we try it and this Sunday we spent our unplugged.
To be honest, I'm really the one that needs this.  I have gotten into the habit of checking e-mail, facebook, etc. much too often throughout the day.  Or, I'll turn the TV on for the kids for a quick show so I can get a few things done.  None of these things are bad in and of themselves but it can be too much.
I wasn't sure I'd stick with it.
Unplugged Sunday:  At the river
IMG_6878
Unplugged Sunday:  Inspiration
But I did and I really enjoyed it.   In fact, it was a bit of a relief.

The Simple Life

I've come to realize that May is likely more busy than December.  As summer approaches, the tempo of life picks up into a crescendo that brings the school year to an end.
Thankfully, we've had a few days of space.  Time to be and enjoy our days and moments without the rush and the craziness.
Yes to the mess

The kids painted without me worrying about time, mess, or hassle.

Little hands in the kitchen

We measured, stirred, licked spoons and enjoyed our creations.

Renew and taking time to enjoy the show

I sat, with tea, and enjoyed song after song. (Isn't that cup perfect?)

He loves his chicks!!

We got to know the girls a bit better.

Morning light

I noticed the morning light.

Evening light

And the evening light.

In all of that, I realized how much more content we all are.  How smoothly our days went.  This, of course, brings the need for evaluation.
Sure, all of the extras (soccer, scouts, baseball, etc.) are great.
But.
When do the kids get to ride their bikes, stare at the chickens and just be kids?    How many nights a week should we eat dinner together (without hurry) at the table?  What good things are we willing to set aside in order to gain this space?
Just because everyone else is crazy busy doesn't mean we have to be.
So, we have discussions ahead of us and  decisions to make.  There will surely be sacrifices made and possibly tears shed but it will be for good.
I'm really looking forward to the year ahead.

The Simple Life

I’ve come to realize that May is likely more busy than December.  As summer approaches, the tempo of life picks up into a crescendo that brings the school year to an end.

Thankfully, we’ve had a few days of space.  Time to be and enjoy our days and moments without the rush and the craziness.

Yes to the mess

The kids painted without me worrying about time, mess, or hassle.

Little hands in the kitchen

We measured, stirred, licked spoons and enjoyed our creations.

Renew and taking time to enjoy the show

I sat, with tea, and enjoyed song after song. (Isn’t that cup perfect?)

He loves his chicks!!

We got to know the girls a bit better.

Morning light

I noticed the morning light.

Evening light

And the evening light.

In all of that, I realized how much more content we all are.  How smoothly our days went.  This, of course, brings the need for evaluation.

Sure, all of the extras (soccer, scouts, baseball, etc.) are great.

But.

When do the kids get to ride their bikes, stare at the chickens and just be kids?    How many nights a week should we eat dinner together (without hurry) at the table?  What good things are we willing to set aside in order to gain this space?

Just because everyone else is crazy busy doesn’t mean we have to be.

So, we have discussions ahead of us and  decisions to make.  There will surely be sacrifices made and possibly tears shed but it will be for good.

I’m really looking forward to the year ahead.

It’s Coming

Safe
We are ready.
It's time to have a chunk of time off to just be mama and kids.
Today I spent the day on field trip with Morgan and her kindergarten classmates. Connor's last day is next week and Morgan and Jack are done the following week.
Soccor continues a bit longer and baseball is starting.
But.
It's time to think about grandparents' visits. Camping. Trips to the pool. BBQs with friends. Fireworks. Anticipation. Playdates. Popscicles.
A breath.
That's what is coming.
Yes, the weedeater is also coming.  It's one the list.  Promise!

It’s Coming

Safe

We are ready.

It’s time to have a chunk of time off to just be mama and kids.

Today I spent the day on field trip with Morgan and her kindergarten classmates. Connor’s last day is next week and Morgan and Jack are done the following week.

Soccor continues a bit longer and baseball is starting.

But.

It’s time to think about grandparents’ visits. Camping. Trips to the pool. BBQs with friends. Fireworks. Anticipation. Playdates. Popscicles.

A breath.

That’s what is coming.

Yes, the weedeater is also coming.  It’s one the list.  Promise!

Our Mother’s Day

The view from my blanket
I'll be honest.  While I love my mom and think she is so amazing and I love being a mom myself, I think Mother's Day is for the birds.  As I told someone recently, I'd rather be appreciated on a normal day not just because it's mandated.
I don't know, it just seems forced.  (Sorry, Mom for the bad attitude.  Hopefully you feel loved and appreciated 365 by your kids and grandkids!!)
With that in mind, my only request was that we work in the yard.  Oh, and a nap.  (This was the view from our picnic blanket in the backyard when I stretched out for a brief snooze.)  So, we went to church and then spent the rest of the day in the yard.  I'll admit, we all started out a bit grumpy but it ended up being a great day.  And I got a nap.  And then slept well at night.
Glory!
In all honesty, it is easy for someone like me to take motherhood for granted.  I've always wanted to be a mom and didn't have to try hard or wait long for that to happen.
Sadly, I am quick to be overwhelmed and ungrateful, dare I say in really selfish moments…bitter.
But when it comes down to it, if I successfully accomplish one thing in my life I want to be a good mom.   My three are amazing blessings and such huge responsibilities.  I want to do my best.
And so I think that every day should be Mother's Day.  Each day is important.  A day to be appreciated but more importantly to serve.
A treasure.