but in the middle of all this organization, writing, website work, and housework, I've got to enjoy what I have around me.
Part of this means that I need to find the fun in everyday situations--like when I see Storm Troopers napping under a little parasol (with their weapons handy, of course).
Another part of having fun means I need to get outside my house and enjoy time with the people I love most (I'm a good worker, but not such a good relaxer). When we lived in Boston, we'd get bundled up and go ride the subway into the downtown area or visit one of the thousands of museums in the area.
We don't have many museums within an hour's drive, but we do have beaches, so a few weeks ago, we found this great bike shop in Newport and went about selecting some rentals for the day.
We put Spencer on the back of this beach cruiser, and he rode happily for four hours. (We're now in the market for one of these.)
Riding up and down the beach was the most fun we've had in a long time. Grace said, "I couldn't stop smiling the whole day. Everyone must have thought I was weird because I just smiled and smiled and smiled!" (We've lived 35 minutes from here for six years. Why have we never done this before?)
I don't know why I forget to incorporate more fun into my life. Maybe it's because I really do enjoy my work, and I don't notice that I'm not getting enough fresh air and downtime. Maybe it's because I feel guilty when I'm not being "productive." Or maybe it's because I forget that having a good time with your loved ones is being productive.
It also might be because for the past five years, I've had some pretty bad health problems, and I spent many, many Saturdays in bed. This is the first year I have felt really healthy in my entire married life, and I can't even begin to explain the difference.
I've noticed, though, that my life is simply happier when I take the time (and invest a little money) to have fun. (Could there BE a more obvious lesson I needed to learn?)
We went to my favorite restaurant after our bike riding, and I took this picture that strikes me at the heart every time I see it:
These little children (and my husband) are "the main thing" to me. My task list will always be full. There will always be laundry to do and emails to answer and projects to tackle, but these children are growing up way too fast, and I never want them to wonder if they mattered to me more than anything else in the world.
Would you mind sharing some fun, simple ways that you enjoy time together as a family?