Lately I've noticed I have become a little more relaxed with our routine. I don't know if a summer of chaos has cured me but I just don't stress if I put the kids to bed a little past 7 anymore or random late nights on the weekends. Maybe it's the age of my kids or the experience I now have under my belt that has eased my mind that the world is not going to stop over little changes to the everyday routine. I am really trying to not sweat the little stuff and enjoy the place where I am at. Read that extra book before bed. On Friday, my husband, Rob was working late and the kids still had a little more energy then normal so I thought they don't have school tomorrow why don't we have a little movie night? So we did! We made some popcorn and the girls had a blast. They were tired and a little more docile then the norm, perfect for watching movies if you ask me. Sometimes we have to treat ourselves every once and awhile without the guilt. Make time for those memories. Our kids might not remember what they did at ages 2 and 4 but I think it's still valuable to show them family time is just as important if not more important then the everyday to do list.
Time is my love language and I value every minute I have. I want my kids to have that in them as well. I hope they treasure their time but give it freely as well. It is easy to get consumed with these busy lives we lead and one day we might not have the opportunity to have this time together. So although the laundry needed to get done, the groceries for the week needed to be bought and the house on a whole is a work in progress, I knew we could put it on hold for one more day. Soak up some of the gorgeous crisp fall weather with the kids on Saturday.
We decided we were going to check out if there were still apples on the trees at Mountain Apple Orchards. Unfortunately we were too late but that didn't stop us from hitting up the corn maze, playground and straw bales. Not to mention there was still their amazing fresh mini donuts and apple cider. Seriously so worth the drive for those two things alone. The girls kept calling their cider coffee. The wasps quickly swarmed us. Olive, as she ran away, yelled back "Mom, don't forget to bring my coffee!" Maeve chimes in "Coffee Mommy Coffee!" They make me laugh. We also checked out for the first time Cannamore Orchard (Home to Acres of Terror) to pick up some pumpkins. They had the friendliest staff and convinced us into buying some fudge too, which was delicious. The wagon ride looked a little too scary for us and we were tiring out from a long day outside so we headed home.
We needed this day as a family, enjoying each others company after a busy week of work, school and the regular, everyday stuff. I realized I can make time when we need time. It made for a very busy Sunday trying to get everything done but it was beyond worth it! What are things you value and want to bring into your life more? I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!