Part of my year of Dance was the idea of being spontaneous, in the moment, fully present. It seems like a fleeting thing, as a mom, to fully live in. this. exact. moment. There are so many thoughts always running through my head. What’s for supper? Who needs to do homework? Where is that missing birth certificate? Why did I say that to so-and-so yesterday? What did the teacher think when I forgot the T-shirt form?

It’s so much easier to rehash the past or worry about the future.

I had a moment of just being here today. My four-year-old asked me to pick her up and dance with her around the kitchen. I was making a grocery list and we needed to keep moving so we could get to the store and to pick up her siblings from school on time. I could have said no.

But, I didn’t. I took the time to be here, and it was well worth my time.




5 minute fridayThis post is part of Five Minute Friday, a writing exercise from Lisa-Jo Baker. She posts a writing prompt each Friday and we write for five minutes, and five minutes only. 


Pajama Ride!

The Hubs and I attended a little marriage conference today (Marriage Matters Iowa: Hitched & Happy; we recommend it). One of the things they suggested for having a good marriage is to have fun together. One of those things that obviously makes sense, but sometimes doesn’t happen in the busy lives we have. The couple leading the discussion gave some creative ideas for fun dates, some of them including the whole family.
We think we’ll have to try their suggestion of Pajama Ride. Here’s what you do: Have the kiddos get ready for bed as usual. When the kids are just about asleep in their beds, barge in the room and make a big ruckos saying, “Pajama ride!” Then, load the kids in the car and drive somewhere, like an ice cream place.
Sounds fun to me!
Here’s the kicker: The couple who shared this have two kids in college and one about to finish high school. Recently, the parents were in bed and almost asleep when … you guessed it … the kids barged into their room, yelling “Pajama ride!” The kids took the parents out for ice cream.
How fun is that?