The weekend was wonderful. The best part of it was seeing my sister on the mend. She turned a corner and started to be herself again and that was great to see. By Sunday, she got to go home to her family and is now working on getting all the way better. Knowing she was feeling better we started our weekend with some time with our girls. Saturday morning the sun was shining and at Ava's suggestion we headed for the mountains for our first hike of the year...
Monday the girls and I got to go pick up my niece Kim after school. We didn't get Greg also cuz he had soccer practice so it was just girls. What better treat for three little girls on a Monday than Frosty's. I spent the rest of the car ride listening to them crack each other up with jokes that didn't even make sense and was more about who could be sillier. Wendy's must put something in these things.
When I have these three girls together like this I can't help but think of myself and my two sisters. Sometimes it makes me wish we had one more. I would take Kim in a minute if my sister would let me, but I have a feeling her and Dave are pretty fond of her as well, so I'll have to settle for moments like this.
This morning as we were all getting ready for the day I told Matt something I have been thinking about lately. It went something like this...
Me: I'm thinking of cutting back on cleaning this summer
Matt: (talking through a mouth full of spit while brushing his teeth) Uh, what?
Me: Yea, I think I should cut back on it, spend more time playing with the girls
Matt: (very sarcastically) I'm thinking of cutting back on work
Me: I'm being serious...I think I clean more than some people. (at which point I mentioned a few people who I have talked to about this and how they go about their house cleaning)
Matt: Yeah, but "so and so" (don't want to mention names) works full time
Me: Excuuuuuuuuuse me?!!?!?!
Not wanting this conversation to actually turn into an argument I tried to explain how I feel like sometimes I worry too much about getting everything done and not enjoying that time with the girls instead. I have been recently inspired by this idea of going "Hands Free" It started when I saw someone share this blog on Facebook. It's about a mom who has decided to step away from all the distraction to focus on enjoying her children and family. Things like leaving the cell phone at home when heading to the park, not checking email all throughout the day, leaving the piles of laundry in trade for some playing goldfish with your kids. I have really loved reading it and have been trying to take it to heart and implement it in my day to day. Not jumping to check my phone as soon as I hear a text come in, especially if it interrupts my kids. I've been trying to do these things not just with the girls, but with Matt. Unplugging and taking in the moments without distraction. The emails and facebook and phone calls can wait. I'm pretty good at being able to do that, but for some reason have a much harder time leaving things undone around the house. That is what I meant by cutting back on cleaning. I know there are some things that need to get done every week, but there is a lot that is just not that important. Today was the day I started this and this is what I got in return...
Blowing bubbles with Layla and watching her giggle as she tried to catch them. Chalking on the sidewalk. Quiet, totally connected moments with my baby girl.
Have a lovely week.