It's the less exciting stuff like nightly dinners and bedtime routines that fall to the waste side, which is sad. When I remember "days gone by" my first thoughts aren't of family gatherings and summer vacations. They are of ordinary moments like when Eric and I used to play cards on the back deck every night, or when I used to read Eli the same three books every afternoon. As is expected in life, these routines change with every passing year but they are part of our family story and memories in which we find great joy.
One of the "routine" items that has fallen to the sidelines this fall is our trips to the park. At least two days a week I take Eli to the park as soon as I pick him up from daycare. He even asks to "side" (aka slide) when I get him every afternoon.
I know that in a year I'll want to remember what he was like and what we did to pass the time, so yesterday I took the camera along. You know, so I would never forget.
We start by getting a walnut and stick.
Next, we gather as many acorns as our hands can hold
and head to the sand box for a few minutes.
Why we need acorns I'll never know, but it is a great distraction from the ball fields.
Next we head to the "big slides" which are much closer to the car. Thus, insuring a smoother transition when it's time to leave.
Eli just learned to climb the ladder this year, but his new found independence makes mommy a nervous mess.
After one FINAL slide, we head to the van praying to avoid a meltdown!!
A world of difference!!