A while ago my sister asked me how I decided what fun thing I would do every day. At first, I thought, "Psh, fun? I have all this non-fun stuff to do that ALWAYS dictates what I do every day. Fun is on the back burner." It got me thinking, though. Yes, there are certain things that aren't necessarily fun that have to be done each day or each week: sweeping, cooking, laundry, scrubbing toilets, picking up toys...but that stuff only takes up a small amount of time each week. The rest of my time is spent either being extremely lazy (I deserve it) or doing something fun (my kids deserve it).
Our favorite thing right now is spending time at the pool. It is barely March, and already we're in the habit of going to the pool at least once a week, if not more. Clara is an awesome swimmer- I'm actually surprised she hasn't sprouted gills! She tells me, "I want to be a mermaid when I grow up!"
I realize that life isn't ALL fun, but mine, generally, is! Isn't that what it's all about? Spending time with your family, doing things that are healthy and make you happy? It's a balancing act- there is work involved, but I'm 25. This is the prime of my life! My kids are old enough to enjoy our outings, Adam's schedule is still pretty hectic, but I can take the kids and do awesome things without him if I have to; and I do.
This summer is going to ROCK! Max will be a blast to take camping this year- he couldn't walk yet last year, and although I realize he will still be a complete dirt mess, maybe it won't be as bad as it was last year. Clara is growing up so fast I can't hardly stand it! But I want her to look back on her childhood and have no regrets or complaints. I want her to have as much fun as possible. After all, what else are you supposed to do as a kid?
I plan on hiking, climbing, canoeing, camping, and swimming to my heart's content this year! Let's hope it's a LONG Summer!!!
Here's a picture of my dirty camper-kids from last year.