When I look at my best days, those are the ones where I spent much time at home and actually interacting with my children. Not just co-existing or being in the same room. Not just trying to trudge through our lessons so I can get on to other things that I need to do...
Nope, my best days are like yesterday. I planned to spend the day truly with them. Unrushed. Relaxed. That was my purpose. Not a byproduct of chance. It was a good day. A great day, in fact! For both me and my children!
David worked all Sunday night (with no sleep) and got home around 7am. I knew that he would appreciate a restful, quiet sleep for several hours. So the kids and I quickly got dressed and slipped out the door. Destination: Shipley's Donuts. The kids were ecstatic about actually getting donuts for breakfast IN the donut shop! And they loved looking at, with their own eyes, all the varieties and toppings available. I wish I could've taken a picture of the expressions on their faces for y'all to see-- talk about priceless!
After pumping them full of sugary donuts, I thought it would be a grand idea to take my children to... Nope, not the park to run off all the sugar-energy. Even better than that... THE LIBRARY! Oh man, am I a genious or what? ;-)
We turned in our bzillion books from last time and headed to the ...*sigh*...movie section first. Each of the boys got to pick out one video/DVD. Tragedy averted. Now we could move on to books!
Dash wandered away from our "usual" area and found that they had re-arranged the library. It was such fun to see three little tables with bookshelves all around. The shelves were filled with great non-fiction books-- the kids were in heaven! They completely stocked up on books about trains, bats, trucks and almost had one about Madagascar.
Tank ran up to the book when he saw it was about Madagascar. The boys always talk about wanting to visit "the wild" in Madagascar. When he saw what Madagascar really looked like (the land, people, villages) he actually ARGUED with me that it was NOT Madagascar! Silly boy. You'd think that he really though he'd find a picture of Alex the Lion in there...
LIBRARY TIP: If you have big book checker-outer's like I do, then take a small carry-on luggage bag with you. The wheels and long handle makes it easy to carry a ton of books.
Wow, this post is getting really long. Condensed version of the rest of the day: After library, we went grocery shopping. Home to a real lunch. Finished three days worth of lessons in only one day-- because the kids wanted to!!! Spent time with daddy/hubby. Watched their videos together as a family. Supper-- yup, I cooked that one too (hooray for me!). Quiet rest of the evening until bedtime.
What a great day.
Do you think it was the donuts???