Today my 3rd grader did not have school, so I didn’t take my preschooler to school, either. It was kind of like a Saturday on a Monday, only with fewer obligations. Today I am thankful for this break in the routine.
I made blueberry muffins this morning. From a box, obviously, but it was still a tasty morning treat. The girls helped me clean the office and weed through the several years-worth of kid-art that had piled up in there. Once they did what they could, they started playing — together — with a little magnet doll set they’d come across. Then they found my old Fashion Plates and started making “fashion” together.
After our lunch break, they played in the backyard for longer than I expected them to, all while I was cleaning, hanging things up on the walls that I’d meant to hang for months, and re-washing the laundry I’d forgotten about. When they came in, I was working on a short letter to a child we sponsor in Ghana through Mercy Project. Upon reading the email from the project coordinator explaining that any gifts we sent must fit in the envelope with the letter, my 8 year-old took it upon herself to make a friendship bracelet out of embroidery thread to send along. She looked up the flag of Ghana to decide which colors to use in the bracelet. My 4 year-old drew a picture to send along.
Not a lazy day by any means, but it was a day off from obligations. Our “day off” allowed us to have some fulfilling experiences all without leaving our house. Sometimes you just have to switch up the routine a bit. I am thankful we were able to do that today.