My husband's days off are not the "normal" weekends. In fact, with his work schedule, he'd hardly see our kids if they were in public school.
Today, was a day of spontaneity. It all started last night when Blessing #3 went around the house inviting everyone to go out for breakfast, with him and Daddy. From what I gather, he hadn't actually made arrangements with Dad, before inviting everyone. However, the sweetness of his offer, for everyone to join them, won us over. So, this morning, we headed out for breakfast. A late and enjoyable breakfast.
Being in good spirits, my husband continued the spontaneity, by suggesting we take the kids to the local fire house museum. I agreed, it sounded like a great idea. So we spent the early afternoon touring it and discussing it with our kids. At the end, there was an arcade game where the kids could pretend to be firemen and spray electric hoses. The nozzle was a bit heavy for Blessing #3, so I helped him aim, but he had fun.
As we were setting out, to head to the hardware store, Blessing #3 reminded me that he still needed new shoes. That meant a quick pit stop for him to get a pair. He's been growing like a weed over the past year, going from a size 3T to a size 6 in clothes!
Our trip to the hardware store, was also enjoyable, though the ride there, not so much. Blessing #4 has been breaking down into fits whenever he wants something lately. No forewarning, just complete meltdown. It's been frustrating, because I'm left clueless as to what he even wants, until he calms down enough that I can get him to *talk* to me. This time, he just wanted some water, which he was able to get at the hardware store.
One last stop for animal feed and then we headed home. There seemed to be a simple peace in our van as we drove the winding road home. No fighting, just laughing, talking, and playing.
I've been craving more moments like these and am so thankful that the ideas of my children are able to bare such fruit in our family.
Of course, everything has to come to an end, and once we were home there was stuff to tend to. Yet, as we got caught up in our own activities the lovely peace still lingered and has the rest of the day.