Ordinary days are often our favorite! We enjoy simply staying home. We enjoy making ordinary memories during mundane everyday moments. We've just entered a bit of a slow down after an extraordinarily busy summer and it feels amazing! Here is a bit of what we've been enjoying lately...
Free range crafting! Big Miss has been really into fabrics lately. She has made clothing for her dolls, blankets, fabric books and more. She wants to sew, but for now settles with fabric and glue sticks. Glue sticks, by the way, happen to hold much better than one would think!
There has been a gradual transfer of responsibility in our house. We want to instill in our children a hard work ethic, a desire to contribute, and an appreciation for the work that is being done around and for us. We've made a conscious effort to teach the girls ways in which they can contribute (folding washcloths/handtowels, unloading the dishwasher, sweeping, making beds, dusting, etc). Sometimes the girls are eager to help and sometimes they are not. As adults it's far easier to just do the tasks ourselves quickly and neatly, but we rest in the knowledge that seeds of responsibility planted today will someday bear fruit.
Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
|- chicken pesto broccoli pizza -|
|-salmon in a sesame oil marinade...yum -|
|- brussel sprout crab experiment that turned out pretty well -|
|- because faces make food disappear -|
|- popped watermelon in the blender and whalah 100% fruit popsicles -|
|- she is her daddy's mini -|
|- I was going to sell this tricycle and all of a sudden she became interested again....she rides it everyday -|
|- she meticulously cares for the fairy garden making sure the pond is full, pebble walkway is in place, rearranges and admires -|
|- they love these, but SO many balls...cleanup almost always results in "I just can't do it, there are too many mom!" -|
|- oh you know, just drinking from the sprinkler -|
|- we did do a few mommy planned activities -|
|- monkey see, monkey do -|
|- this girl loves to paint and she isn't fooled by the non-messy watercolor distraction...she wants the real stuff. the messy globby, sure to get in her hair and on her shirt stuff -|
|- her castle -|
|- she creates dollhouses everywhere, just like her momma used to -|
|- batter up -|
|- I dig her style -|
|- she was reading to her sister, but then mommy and her camera became the audience -|
The girls eagerly await daddy's arrival home from work! They talk about daddy's work being important and how much they miss him almost daily. They plan what they want to tell daddy about their day and what they want to do with daddy when he gets home. They make him presents (pictures) and then wrap them in paper covered with gobs of glue (impossible to open) and run up to him giddy with excitement for him to open them and tell them how much he loves them. He gets trampled daily the minute he walks through the door. Mommy always get the first kiss and then the girls get theirs. They talk about the day their husbands (sometimes they say bride, but we know what they mean) will give them the first kiss and their kids will have to wait their turn...for this we pray. I adore and admire the way The Mr. comes home after a hard day of work and selflessly digs in, whether it be pitching in with dinner, giving horseyback rides to rambunctious littles, or teaching them new skills. He is patient and giving and it's certainly not taken for granted.
|- Lilah wanting to be with her daddy every minute he is home following him as he mows the yard, she needed headphones (aka earmuffs) just like daddy -|
|- Lilah asked to build a bed for her cat..her stuffed animal cat. Daddy likes to teach his girls about his hobbies, so he was happy to compy -|
|- teaching the girls how to blow bubbles with chewing gum -|
In our kitchen we have hanging a quote written by William Martin that reads, "Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is a way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasures in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them. the extraordinary will take care of itself."
In essence this is a gift we want to provide for our children; for ourselves. We want to embrace moments in each ordinary day. So often people; ourselves included, are so busy striving for the next thing, that the gift of today becomes merely a stepping stone to what we think awaits. We are often longing for something, pushing off something until we complete that goal, drudging through each day living for the weekend, waiting for this busy-tiring season to pass, waiting wishing hoping longing instead of embracing the here and now that has been purposely laid out for us by God. He planned for us to be right where we are at each moment...we have the choice to declare those moments gifts or to merely keep on stepping right through to that which we are waiting. We've already wasted too many precious moments treading the murky waters of discontentment and longing. We've committed to try our very best to find wonder and to marvel in ordinary moments. We've committed to receive ordinary and mundane as a gift!