They tend to get a bit backed up though, so we celebrated four birthdays; the January and February contingencies. It's always an all day event as it is a 2 hour drive. Plus, we don't see everyone that often, so it's nice to just block off the whole day while we can. Before the kids activities supercede all traveling. Before our busy lives get even more complicated. For now, we enjoy the time we have to spend.
This is our back yard at sunrise. You can see the colors of rainbow sherbert peeking through the lattice of trees, but trust me. This image does not do real life justice.
Sunday should have been productive. Or fun. Or snow-filled. I suppose the problem is that I do not care for Winter, cold and snow. I loathe cold weather sports and activities. I detest skiing, sledding, ice skating and if you want to see me super peeved, try getting me in a snowball fight. The girls, too young to entertain themselves without adult supervision and guidance outdoors, just haven't taken a liking to being out in the snow either. They get all dressed for it, but neither Dr. Fab nor myself venture out with them, so 28 seconds later they are back in feeling cold and bored.
I know I'm robbing them of a critical part of their youth. I see them turning into homebody couch potatoes before my eyes. Tink cries if we have to go out anywhere because she's "too tired and just wants to stay home." What have I created? Some of my friends have their 6 year olds in 3 activities at once. My 6 year old does Daisies. And... yeah, that's it. My 10 year old niece is in about 876 activities between girl scouts, swimming, singing lessons, church choir, church group, and the list goes on and on. That does not include socializing and homework. We. Do. Nothing. I should be bundled up, tobogganing down a hill all afternoon, laughing with glee, making snow angels and building forts. But they play so well together inside - finally! I'm starting to see the pay off of having 3 kids so close together. I'm banking on the rest of the years being worth the first 4 of utter mayhem and chaos! This gang can create whole make believe worlds of pretend and occupy themselves for hours. Sometimes. Eventually they start fighting. Most of the time,they drive me nuts and clamor for T.V. just like every red blooded American kid. At least they aren't trying to drag me outside. We're all happier where it's warm. Besides, no one owns snow pants or snow boots anyway.
So we were totally lame this weekend. It was a quiet Sunday. Reading. Writing. Researching.
I have a bunch of irons in the fire and not enough hours in the day. But that is okay. Slow and steady wins the race. Perhaps we're not most jet-setting, active, on the go, metropolitan people. But, we're living a good life. Sometimes it's just nice to appreciate the quiet and calm of not much to do.