Since the weather has been fabulous of late, we have tried to take advantage of it. My ten year old daughter decided to arrange a family picnic one afternoon last week. She made lunch and dished the plates and found a perfect picnic blanket and set everything up for a wonderful lunchtime adventure (it is always more fun to eat outside than inside).
The kids all had a wonderful time bathing in the sun while munching on chicken nuggets and applesauce.
I think it is a beautiful thing to break up the monotony of day after day after day with these small blossoming moments. Sometimes we have picnic, sometimes we eat underneath the table (we generally pretend we are on a spaceship when we do that), sometimes we pack lunches in brown sacks and eat them in the car while we drive to nowhere in particular.
I believe it is these out of the ordinary pages in our biography that will stand out and remind my crew of little people that life is be lived and enjoyed. At least, that's what I hope they get from it.
That and that their mother loves them all the way to the moon....and back.
(Why Aubrey decided to set up the blanket on the cement patio rather than on the lush --ok, patchy -- grass is beyond me, but to each his own.)