I’ve been inspired lately. Inspired because my boys are growing up right before my eyes. Inspired because they are changing daily. Inspired because they, all three of them, seem to have new interests, say something adorable, or do something new each and every day.
I’ve been inspired lately by Kelly Hampton. Inspired with this post in particular, but really by everything she is about… living life as a mother to the fullest, documenting it through pictures and writing about it.
And so, I decided that it didn’t matter if the house needed cleaning, if I had laundry to do, if it was going to be a hassle to drag strollers and junk out of the car over and over and over again, we were going to go do fun things! We were going to make memories and stop sitting around the house.
And in the past few weeks, we have been busy doing just that. We’ve been to the Children’s Museum twice, the mall to play on the toys (malls have full on kids areas now!), the Treehouse Museum, the Library to get a coveted library card, the movie theater, the Aquarium, the church parking lot to ride and drive freely, Ben & Jerry’s and other ice cream places, etc.
I do struggle with the feeling that I am leaving things undone. Struggle with the knowledge that the laundry pile is overflowing from multiple areas and the feeling that I’ve had an “unproductive” day. But then I think about our day, scroll through the pictures and know that we were much more productive in the fun category than I ever could have been tackling those loads of laundry.
So while we’ve had a blast, I do need to say:
To those of you who happened to be in the library while my toddlers ran back and forth screaming and laughing while I stood at the counter trying to get a 5 year old his library card as quickly as possible, “I’m sorry.” It didn’t really occur to me until we were actually in the library and they were ecstatic with the open rows, that overly-tired, giddy, 1 year olds probably shouldn’t be in a library. “But hey, they were having fun, so lighten up! I hope you enjoyed the 5 minute break from silence and maybe laughed a bit over their craziness, I know I did.”
To the lady that got out of her seat to grab me a handful of spoons at Ben and Jerry’s after watching me get up for the 8th time to get a clean one after Benny had thrown his newly licked spoon on the floor yet again, “Thank you!”
To the couple in front of us at the movie, “Hop” who had to sit with their shoes in a puddle of Orange soda after Ricky dumped the entire cup prior to ever taking a sip, “I’m really sorry.”
To the lady who grabbed Nolan as he darted off up the stairs away from me, and then so kindly stated, “I’ll get that one” as Benny took off in the opposite direction as soon as my attention was diverted to capturing Nolan, “Thank you, dearly!”
It’s been an exhausting, sticky few weeks but I wouldn’t change it for all the clean laundry in the world.
Oh and to Kelle Hampton, stranger on the other side of the internet world, “thank you for the inspiration.”