Charlie was “bored” all day. I took away his screens and told him to find something to do. He said he didn’t know what to do and that he was home sick. I told him that being sick of being at home was not the same as being home sick but I did appreciate his description.
I also told him it’s perfectly fine to be “home sick” and that he had to learn how to entertain himself without an electronic device.
I sat with him and we read together for about thirty minutes with about twenty interruptions. One day he’ll be able to sit still and concentrate. Right now we are still “patiently” practicing.
He discovered his Kapla blocks and this made me happy to see him playing on the floor.
Finally he decided to go outside and play and took the bakfiets for a ride through the neighborhood.
I loved watching him from the kitchen window and seeing him happy and outside. Of course, I went outside to capture the moment and he invited me in for a ride. I declined and he offered again. I changed my mind and climbed in with my dress on and faced my fears to share the experience with him. He liked driving me around and scaring me by going over the bumps.
I loved that he still wanted to play.
Life is good, even when you’re home sick.
I went on a beautiful, crisp hike together with my friends this morning. This made me incredibly happy. Thank you S for inviting me to join you and your honey! I love spontenaity, hanging out with you and hiking. You made my day!
We didn’t have a vacation plan today and decided we would all just hang out and enjoy being home with “nothing” to do. I never do nothing, and always find something yet I prefer to have a plan so I don’t get busy just cleaning and cooking. I’m sure moms can relate. My not having a plan created space for togetherness to happen organically. This is a beautiful thing, although I struggled getting to accept this non-plan plan! Maybe this is the silver lining from flowing and letting go? Hmmm…
I checked in with two friends to see if they wanted to meet for coffee sometime this afternoon. One was available and it was so pretty outside that I decided to take the bakfiets out for a spin again. Juliana decided she would go with me and ride in the basket part, even though this would be embarrassing. I was just happy she wanted to go with me. We laughed and chatted the entire way and enjoyed the cool breeze and sunshine on our face, together.
We visited for about an hour, enjoying conversation, a latte, and catching up together with our friends, before riding back home again before the sun set.
This is what happiness looks like to me: sharing time with loved ones doing what we love. Life doesn’t get much better than this.
I am grateful.
The only “real” plan we had today was to celebrate my friend’s 40th birthday party. I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. Jeff and I left our house a bit early to have a little time alone together before the event. We had the best guacamole and homemade salsas and enjoyed our time, just sharing stories without interruptions.
From the restaurant, we walked to the next place for the celebration. I loved seeing my friend so happy and visiting with our mutual friends. My sweet childhood friend was there and I’m always happy to see her and catch up. Another friend brought her brand new baby and let me hold her and get my baby fix. I just love babies and was so happy she shared her little angel with me.
I am content. I think this togetherness word for the new year is good for me so far. Have you picked a word for yourself?
Together, let’s go.
Tonight was International Night at Charlie’s school. We chose to represent Holland and brought the bakfiets, served Hagel slag toast, and pretended it was Queen’s Day. We dressed up and shared stories and made friends.
I thought Charlie would be more into it than he was, but it was a bit overwhelming. The kids were swarming, the music was really uncomfortably loud, and the crowds were ginormous!
Charlie had made a prize grab box with toys for the kids like he saw on Queen’s Day. We didn’t charge the kids of course, so everyone wanted to play again and again. Charlie decided he didn’t want to be any part of it and went outside to play. I didn’t blame him. They started ripping the box apart! Savages!! Or just happy kids?
It’s amazing how many cultures and countries were represented tonight!
Yesterday we took the new Dutch bakfiets to school. I don’t know who had more fun, me or the kids! You should have seen all the smiling faces as we road up to school. All the kids came up to check out the interesting new bike, wanting to go for a ride too. I’m so glad we got to bring this cool ride home from Holland.