Sometimes going outside fixes everything.
Even if it’s just going into the back yard, going for a walk, or taking a dip in your mini-pool. Getting that fresh air just has a way of making everything better. Over the weekend we took the boys (and our pup Emma) to the lake. I watched as Wyatt and Levi splashed in the water – smiled – and had the time of their life.
Wyatt is a total water bug and just loves lakes, pools, and sprinklers! We brought his little plastic outdoor slide with us and put it right in the sand so he could slide in the water 🙂 Emma swam, going completely underwater and jumped in and out of the water. Levi stayed in the shallow end and put his toes in the sand, splashing as he watched Wyatt slide. Everyone was happy, everyone was smiling, and it was just a good day.
It got me thinking about a lot. About how we are raising the boys, what we can do differently, and what it is that makes our family happy. Life is just to short to spend time doing things you don’t absolutely love. People settle for careers they hate, live in houses they can’t afford, and buy things they don’t need. It makes everything just so stressful – and that stress carries over to that person’s family.
I want to spend more time outdoors, spend more time snuggled up in bed reading Little Critter to the boys. I want to go to the lake, often – play outside everyday, and let Wyatt eat as many strawberries as he wants, even if it is before dinner. I want to spend more time laughing, more time holding hands, and more time reminding myself how truly blessed I am.
Within the next few months there will be many changes happening in our house. Ones that both excite and terrify me (aren’t those always the best things). But making these changes will benefit our family, make us happier and will allow us to spend more time together. And none of that sounds half-bad 😉
So, here’s to living life, being happy – and doing things that scare you!
Your so right getting out into the fresh air makes everything so much better sometimes. I always find when the little ones grumpy a wee walk makes him a 100 times better
I couldn’t agree with you more…I really wish our summers were longer in the PNW..it makes childhood (and parenthood) for that matter way more fun and exploratory!
This was so sweet! In that last picture – your baby could be on the cover of a magazine!
so true! its hard to be in a bad mood after going outside on a nice day!
It’s so true, sometimes going outside is the cure for everything.
Well, reading your post certainly came at a great time. Me and the little one have been cooped up all day and I definitely need some fresh air (even if it’s crazy hot and humid)! I think a walk is in order for us this evening 🙂
I can’t wait to hear about all the changes!!!
You’re little men are adorable, I’m building a business so I can stay home and do the same things. I want to be able to stay home more and enjoy my time with the kids, and not dreading scheduling a nanny. More time together outside is exactly what my family could benefit from.
What adorable pictures 🙂
I am sure the move will be fine and looks like the kids really loved spending time in the water
Love this post! Can’t wait to hear about the changes because anything that allows you to spend more time with family is always worth it, no matter how hard it is.
Beautiful 🙂 They are only little for a short time.Great post, thank you for the reminder 🙂
What a fun day outside. And what a darling kid. Loves.
You guys are having an awesome summer!!! 🙂 I love it!
This is so true! I love everything about summer, especially staying outside late into the night with a book and lemonade 🙂
This is wonderful! I often think constant changes (even though scary) are the key to happiness, always working on making things better
I hear ya! Sometimes the scary part is just getting through that “stuff” and the real good stuff on the other end makes it all worth it! XO
Yes to being happy and doing things that scare you! Yes to those beautiful babies too!!!!