(Lipstick found and still not washed all the way out of his hair!)The older two are so used to being micro-managed all day long at school that they have had a hard time adjusting to the fact that they can play and then when they are done with that play some more. They keep coming to me for something to do. I am a firm believer in playing for the sake of play, so I will start projects with them and then hope that their imaginations take over. It has been slow but they are slowly getting used to being in summer mode.
And Mama here is not used to having all four, 24/7. Let's just say that those 6 hours of school have been missed just a little...Did I mention that the heat here in Central Florida has been record breaking? Temperatures feel like 109 today and that severely limits any outside activities.
I woke up yesterday morning with a tiny bit of dread. I wanted a day void of silly nit-picks and arguments. A day when I didn't have to raise my voice about this mess and that mess. A day where I could maybe find 20-30 minutes to quilt (alone...please). I prayed for some patience. I prayed for some patience. And then I prayed for a little more.
And then...it hit me.
It was all about a decision. I decision I could make. A decision to have a good day or a bad day. A decision to embrace the messes and the boredom. To actually enjoy them. To let go of toys strewn everywhere and wet pool towels laying all over the carpets. To build blocks and watch Tom and Jerry with them. To get in the pool and splash and yell and not worry about the time. To help them build forts and get out all the sheets and chairs. To set up that art project they've been begging for with paint. To make the one millionth snack of the day.
Because one day they will all be grown up. Because one day they will have memories of their childhood summers. Because one day I will be here with all of the time in the world to have a clean home and I will miss their stinky fingerprints. Because eventually I will have all day to quilt if I want to and I will miss their sweet voices asking me to play with them.
So I am making the decision to have fun this summer. Do you want to join me? Let's suck the marrow out of life!