I read a post last night that summarized 10 beneficial ways to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey, and I was wowed by what a well-rounded list it is. If your big ol’ heart is looking for a way to help in some capacity, this list should help you put a finger on how you can do so. If I happen to have any readers from Houston today, please know my heart breaks for what’s going on and I’m praying for your city and the surrounding areas. Can’t get over the devastation.
When I saw the prompt on Momfessional‘s site recently for others to join her in sharing what their best day ever would look like, I quickly started jotting down a few ideas to see if I even had a clue what the best day ever would look like.
Short and sweet, it would look like a day at Disney World with character meals and Fast Passes galore. 🙂 I honestly think those three days at Disney with Jamie and the girls back in March were three of the best days of my whole life. Isn’t that crazy!? We were just so incredibly happy the whole time – all of us.
BUT! Since playing at Disney every day isn’t a reality, what would a day look like where I laid in bed at the end of it and exhaled thinking about how it was just the best day? If I combined all the the things that make me feel truly happy at this stage in the game, it would look just like this.
I’d wake up on my own at 7:15, see Jamie laying next to me, and nudge him a little to gasp that the girls aren’t awake yet. We’d decide to get up and enjoy a few minutes of quiet just the two of us before the girls eventually woke up.
Jamie would then enlist Hadley’s help making chocolate chip pancakes while I went to do a 2.5 mile on our nearby Hudson Trail. I’d come home, we’d all eat, everybody would shower/get dressed, and we’d be out the door for a low-key family outing: a local playground, a children’s museum, the farmer’s market, etc.
We’d get home at lunchtime, eat some sandwiches, and let the girls watch a show of their choice while Jamie and I picked up around the house for an hour or so. The girls would go down for naps around 12:30 and our amazing babysitter would show up to keep an eye on the girls while Jamie and I slipped out for the afternoon.
We’d run around having an afternoon date, maybe grabbing an appetizer outside somewhere in between running errands. Some of our favorite day dates are just doing casual things around town, talking uninterrupted, listening to the music that we pick (i.e. not the Trolls or Moana soundtrack on repeat), and enjoying some quiet time.
For dinner, we’d decide to spontaneously invite some close friends and their kids over to eat delivery pizza with us. We’d sit on the back deck watching the kids, eating, sharing laughs and good conversation. They’d only stay a couple hours and then head home.
If we had time, we’d leash up Teddy to go on a short walk before coming home to knock out the girls’ bedtime routine: bath, lotion, pajamas, milk, brush teeth, read books, say prayers, lights out.
We’d high five if the girls were asleep by 8, and then we’d pour a glass of wine and watch something on Netflix before crashing at 10.
Just typing this makes me happy. At almost 30 years old, this would honestly be the very best day ever.
More from Momfessional’s “Show and Tell” Series:
Hi! I’m Erica, and I absolutely adore sharing my life on this website with you! I come here almost daily to blab about all of the things related to being a regular wife and mother in today’s ever-evolving society. I share about our new home, what’s on our kitchen table, what we’re hanging in our closets, where we’re traveling to next, my crazy 5 a.m. work outs, how I make time for girlfriends, our faith, and much more. We always have a lot of balls in the air and somewhat thrive on the chaos. I believe in the power of story-telling as a form of inspiration and entertainment, so I’m here to do both! I was born and raised in north Alabama and recently re-planted roots here again after my husband transitioned out of the Army (he is now in the Reserve and it’s going so well!) I’m a super proud mom to three little girls (ages 7, 4, and 1) who seem to be the stars of the show around here (for good reason – they’re pretty great!) I’m so glad you found me and are here reading! I hope we can get to know each other here on the blog as well as Facebook and/or Instagram. xoxo