Hey all, it’s Jennifer with a very honest post.
Today was the day that homeschoolers could get into the pumpkin festival for cheaper. I had been looking forward to it for weeks and so had my daughter. Well, our weeks lately have been so busy and this week we had gone out everyday, I just wanted to stay home today. We are a day behind in school, I had laundry to do, I have blankets to make, I have 31 totals to figure, I have a vendor event to prepare for….I kept thinking, I could just take her another day….but I knew the days ahead are no less busy and it wouldn’t happen. So I packed a lunch, packed the baby, wore comfy shoes, and took her to the pumpkin park. The whole way I was thinking about a way to get out of it, then when I pulled up and saw the 50 school buses I really didn’t want to go in. (It wasn’t really 50, I am exaggerating).
Her squeals of excitement from the backseat were enough to make me feel really guilty. She was so happy!
I felt awful for feeling the way I did. She goes with me everywhere, and doesn’t complain that much (She is a kid, there is some complaining). Just yesterday I dragged her to Wal-Mart, Staples, and Dollar Tree. It was very selfish of me to not want to take her out today. It wasn’t her fault we had been out everyday this week.
I think we all go through this as parents. We just don’t want to do something, and it’s easy as the adult to excuse our way out of it. I have done it in the past. (I am not saying we have to do everything.) But it is easy to put what we want to do on the priority list and put what they want to do on the back burner. There is so much going on in life between home, church, school, sports…it’s hard to want to add in anything else. And I think it is completely understandable, but we have to remember that those little extra things mean the world to our children. Those little extra things can turn into great memories.
So we went to the pumpkin park and we were there for 4 hours. I am sunburnt, and my feet hurt (did I mention I’m pregnant?), and I am exhausted. But my little sunshine had an absolutely fantastic time! She saw Batman, Capt America, Batgirl, and Ariel. She got an ice cream cone. She petted animals. She got her face painted. She saw huge pumpkins. She got to see friends from co-op. She rode a zip line. She had an amazing time. She smiled and laughed and played. She told everyone at the store later about all the fun she had. The whole day and on the ride home she kept thanking me for taking her to the pumpkin festival. When we got home she put aloe on my face because she is the sweetest kid in the world and wanted to help me feel better.
My sunburn will fade. My feet will continue to hurt because I’m pregnant (and I don’t like shoes), it really doesn’t matter that we are behind a day in school, the laundry was easily moved from the bed for us to sleep, and I still have tomorrow to prepare for the vendor event. What’s truly important is the smile on her face and the time we got to spend together making memories that will hopefully last a lifetime.
So my encouragement to you is: let the other things go undone every now and again and just enjoy taking your little one somewhere. Just enjoy them, because as we all know this little thing called childhood goes by way to fast…and don’t feel bad that your not super excited about it, just stay positive and it will all work out!
Until next time,