There are some things that are must haves around here. For fun. For memories. For time’s sake. Because life is too short and must have some ‘rules’ to make the most of it.
Keep the camera and/ or phone charged and easy to get to. Kodak moments seem to come as quickly as they go.
Keep fruit in the house. It makes for pretty and fun snacks. And the orange peels keep the disposal smelling great.
Keep the laptop closed until naptime. That is unless you’re looking up that recipe you pinned for homemade bubbles! :]
Open all the windows. Sunlight is such a gift! And it makes the home feel happy.
Play music. All day long. Loud, and soft. Priscilla Ahn, Tim McGraw, The Lumineers, Mumford… it doesn’t matter. Music does wonders for the soul, no matter what kind of day we’re having.
Candles or Scentsy bars. I am a strong believer in the significance of scents and smells. Ten years from now the scents that fill the house today will bring me back to these days with babies.
A small, but loose plan. Some days there is no getting around an appointment or place to be but I like to keep my day-to-day routine loose. Loose enough to pop over to a friend’s house if something fun comes up, go garage sale-ing on a whim or take Bubby for donuts one morning.
Tell my kids that Jesus loves them every night. I can still remember my mom telling me this as a kid, and to this day I can say that has helped me believe in his incredible, unconditional love in my most undeserving moments.
Have intentional conversations with Joseph, and answer his 792 questions that come up that day (and try not to pull my hair out when he repeats the same questions over and over again!).
Pull out play-do, crayons and paint on a regular basis. And someday have the chance to feed my son’s curiosity about the guitar sitting in our bedroom. I want to give my kiddos every chance to feed their imaginations and creativity.
Clean up as much as I can, but be ‘okay’ with a little mess. Mess now, memories later. I don’t think I’ll be remembering the pile of laundry that I should have done or the stack of dishes that needed to be washed. I’m learning to let these small things go.