My joy for today is a Saturday well spent.
I recently read an article in a parenting magazine that said there are only about 940 Saturdays between when a child is born and when they typically leave for college. If you are a parent of a child older than 5, let the waterworks begin. If you are the parent of a child younger than that and particularly sensitive to this issue, you are welcome to join the pity party as well.
We had a fairly average Saturday today. I started my day off with a wake up call from our 9 month old at 6:30 am. I nursed her, put her back to bed, and went for a run. When I came back, pancakes were just coming off the hot griddle, coffee hot and ready at the table. We have had a “Pancake Saturday” tradition for many, many years in our home. This actually got it’s start in my own childhood, and I have wonderful memories of these times with my family. It’s such a great tradition for many reasons. It is a much-needed break for a mom to be served breakfast, giving her a respite from chef duties in the morning. The kids also get to help with the cooking and cleaning, giving them an opportunity to practice life skills. And of course, we all know the benefits of sitting around the table together as a family. At the start of a busy upcoming day, often filled with extended family and friends, it’s a great opportunity to start the weekend off in a calm and together manner.
Today, after pancakes, we all got ready for soccer games. We are very blessed with an amazing sports complex behind our neighborhood, about 5 minutes from our home. Noah’s game was first, and their match ended in a tie. Molly’s team was next, coached by my amazing hubs and cousin, and their game also ended in a tie. It’s a whirlwind of activity at the field, and a great opportunity to see lots of friends, as well as being cheered on by family.
Our kids are very active in sports, so this is a very typical start to a Saturday in our home. The afternoon is filled with variety. Sometimes chores must be accomplished, and the kids are included in these as much as possible, especially involved with Daddy’s duties in the yard. Sometimes we go to the beach, to Disney, or to a friend’s birthday party. Today, we went to my Granny’s house to spend time at the pool with my parents. We had a cook-out, swam, read, and got some sun. Basically, we were together. Tonight, we are playing some video games, getting a few things done around the house, and early to bed to get ready for church tomorrow.
That was our Saturday; pretty simple. We never left a five mile radius around our house. For our youngest, we have just enjoyed about #36 of her 940 in our home. I shudder to think of how many have already passed for our almost-7 year old. Most have been spent well. No matter what we are doing, if we are together, they are a success. Strangers that like to talk to me in random places always like to remind me that the time goes so fast. I do not need reminded. I am acutely aware, and treasure every second. Excuse me while I go read a bedtime story (or five or six) to my four little ones.
Enjoy your joys for today.