Thursday, November 02, 2006

Take the Time to Enjoy Life and Your Children

"The women - they were even more incomprehensible. They spent the long hours behind screened doors and windows (**my note: More like glass doors and windows thanks to the modern convenience of air conditioning. How many ever even have the windows open to feel the fresh air?), washing the same dishes and sweeping the same floors day after day. They, too, never raised their eyes to the blue sky outside, nor even to the crimson roses that peeped in at the window. They seemed rather to be looking always for dirt, yet not pleased when they found it - especially if it had been tracked in on the heel of a small boy's shoe!"
----from Just David
Fellow mothers, let us not be like this description! This reminded me of the Free Pass that comes once a month (which was today) in the daily email digest from Julie at , which I've posted here for your encouragement:
Skip your other commitments today and play games or take a field trip or go on a hike or have a picnic or paint a bedroom or dance like a teenager to your favorite CDs....
Games: Any game will do. You can check out a list of language games on Brave Writer: http://bravewriter. com/BWL/bwlgames .html
Field trips:
Art museum
Children's museum
Local guitar shop or music store (just walk around trying out instruments)Movie theater (see something funny on the big screen in the middle of the day; buy popcorn)
Farmer's Market
Coffee House for hot chocolate and muffins (bring along cards or checkers to play)
Get outside:
Go on a hike
Go to the beach (if you are lucky enough to have one, be sure to go often! I miss the ocean....)
Take the dog to a new park
Paint the deck
Visit a botanical gardens
If it is rainy and cold, or you are snowed in, or your car broke down, here's what to do if you choose to stay home:
Play cards
Light a fire and roast marshmallows
Drink hot chocolate
Make an indoor picnic with blankets and little sandwiches
Play video games on the computer or X Box, Game Cube, whatever you have
Paint something - windows, paper, votive candle holders, old chairs
Make brownies (they smell good)
And dance. :)
Your free pass comes once a month, so be sure to use it! :)


Anonymous said...

Sounds like fun! What are you going to use your free pass for?

MamaLion said...

Well, today despite the fact that we are having a small crew over tonight for a Stampin' Up demonstration, I'm taking the kids over to a friend's house to enjoy some nature study this afternoon. This is against my inclinations (I always feel pressed to work on the house, especially before company). But I think I'm going to save my "pass" for another day when we will throw everything to the wind and do one of the things on the list. I'll be thinking about which one and I'll let you know.

Mama Squirrel said...

Hi Mamalion! Just wanted to let you know that I included you in my Fabulous Friday Friends blogpost today.