All or None

This weekend was the last of our family time, probably for a long while, and we wasted it on the couch. Or at least, I feel like we wasted it, since I wanted to get out and Do Things. Make Memories. Have Experiences. Enrich The Children’s Lives. Instead we watched Disney movies and played “Runaway Evan” (in which Evan runs away and we chase him) and tossed ALL the toys on the floor and read lots of books and threw some tantrums (mostly the children) and wore comfortable pants.

I felt sort of bad about it but I’ve decided to not feel bad about it. Sometimes wearing comfortable pants is good for the soul. Dragging E out to Do Things with his kids when he will barely even see them for the next few weeks could end in a toddler meltdown that ruins everyone’s day and leaves us all disappointed. I’m not saying my children are terrible monsters or anything, but they are 2 and 3 so…sometimes they’re terrible monsters. And honestly I don’t mind using my solo-parenting days for outings, since staying home means the only adult I talk to is when I shout at the incredibly fit jerk-faces in my workout video. I’m going to forgive the lazy end of our lazy vacation and call it “recharging with my family” instead of “not wearing a bra again”.

Staying home doesn’t mean doing nothing. Family isn’t nothing – it’s everything.

And I can wear my comfortable pants.

Caroline 1 Caroline 3

Caroline 4

Caroline 5 Caroline 2

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7 Responses to “All or None”

  1. raincheckmom says:

    Beautiful pictures. She looks great in that dress!

  2. Audrey says:

    Yeah, I always feel like we wasted a weekend when Chris has Sat & Sun off and we don’t leave the house. We could have gone to the zoo together! (which C would have hated cus he hates going to the zoo) We could have gone to the Children’s museum together! (equal amounts of hate for C) I find it more difficult to go out with the kids on my own these days because I can’t move as quickly if one pulls and runs, and he’s always reluctant to do anything child-oriented. Alas.

    How did you get her to keep a clip in her hair? Delilah leaves them in for exactly 10.2 seconds. And I loooooooooooooove that little dress she’s wearing!

    • bebehblog says:

      No advice or tricks on the hair bows – Caroline only keeps them in for 90 seconds or so at a time. It’s an improvement over screaming and punching me when I tried to put them on her head, but if she doesn’t learn to keep them in I’m going to have to trim her bangs which I REALLY don’t want to do yet.

    • bebehblog says:

      P.S. The dress! I might be making this up, but I’m pretty sure that’s fabric either ordered or sent by a family member from Sweden and made by my grandmother. It was another “Suzanne wore it” hand me down.

  3. The color of her hair is so gorgeous when the light shines on it.
    Laurie @ Pride in photos

  4. Alena says:

    Doing “nothing” makes better memories! :)

  5. Emily Y says:

    Your kids were happy, you and E were happy… in the end that’s all that matters. and you won’t have cuddle time on the couch just as much as you won’t have awesome outings with Dad, so it’s all equal. Good luck this month!

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