Monday, May 4, 2009

The beauty of absolutely nothing

Good morning! Today will mark the end of 4 solid days of kiddodom. Sydney and Graham will be heading back to school today. Ainsley, on the other hand, well, we are not to sure about her. Her preschool follows the school district when it comes to school closures related to the weather. We don't know whether or not they follow the same policy when it comes to flu closures. So, today, either she will or she will not be going back to school and only time will tell. That leaves my schedule a bit up in the air. Thankfully, I don't have any meetings scheduled for today.

We really have had a great 4 days together. The trick has been keeping them occupied and well exercised when most of their activities were restricted to the inside due to the weather. Lynley and I decided that the best way to accomplish this task was to boot them out into the streets and that is exactly what we did. We took them on adventures.

Everyone was a little stir crazy - kiddos, dogs, and parents. So, in order to usher sanity back into every one's lives, we all went on long walks throughout the neighborhood. I say long walks because we often spent almost two hours on these adventures. Let me paint a picture for you. One Dad walking three dogs on leash followed by 2 kiddos (Graham and Ainsley) on big wheels one Sydney on foot and one Mom bringing up the rear. We received some of the strangest looks as we made our way throughout the town.

Each day our goal was to go somewhere we had never walked before. That led us to some fairly busy streets and major intersections but that did not stop us. We just kept moving on. 1 Dad, 3 dogs, 2 twerps on big wheels, one daughter, and one mother. Off we went. Rain or shine. You would be surprised at how much fun we had on these adventures. Most importantly, we absolutely wore everyone out. I was almost sad to see the weekend end knowing that Monday would come and we would have to wait another 5 days before heading out on another one of our adventures. It was a great reminder of how much fun we could have together doing almost absolutely nothing at all.

I love my family.

I love my purpose.

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