Daylight savings time. I used to go with the rhetoric of how awful it had to be, because everyone else complained; and truthfully, when we pressured ourselves with early time commitments, I’m sure it did have its challenges.
Back then, I was very much still discovering who I was and what I believed as parent. I caught myself parroting what I heard others say. That was the normal. I wanted to fit in. Not only in my words, but my actions. I did many things differently, but I also conformed in ways that were hard for me. Get up early, rush to a million activities. Go go go.
Not now though. Now my kids can sleep and wake as they need. We adjust each day and go with the flow, sometimes earlier, sometimes later. Hailey did wake up earlier than usual today, not because the clock was changed, but because of an excited little brother who made a bit too much noise. That’s okay. We can figure out what we need as the day goes on. Our morning was free to take it as slow as we needed it to be.
We ate breakfast, the kids watched a bit of a movie, checked on their birds nests they made for the back yard, and found ladybugs on the porch as I sipped my coffee. Winter demands I take pictures of anything he deems interesting.
I am thankful that this day won’t throw us off the week and that we have no strict schedule to adhere to. I know that can’t be everyone’s reality. My husband will still have to sleep at his normal time, even if the kids are still up. I could look at that as putting more “work” on me. I don’t look at it that way anymore. I love this life.
If you spend anytime around me or my husband you will quickly realize that we love coffee. It is so much more than a drink that we consume to give an extra energy boost. It is that of course, but we just love the whole coffee experience. We love how it smells, how it tastes. We love trying new kinds of beans, different roasts, different brew methods. We usually brew at home, but we also have a favorite local coffee shop that makes excellent coffee. You will not come to our house and find cheap coffee in a big red can, you won’t find a cheap drip machine. We take coffee seriously. It is a shared hobby, and those are always nice to have in a marriage.
I was really happy to get to try some coffee from the company Koffee Kult. We got these beans to try for a discounted price in exchange for an honest review for the company. I am not going to pass up that opportunity. They came in on a day hubby was at work, so it was really hard to wait and try them, but I held out. 🙂
We were very happy with these beans. I love a good french roast. We brew our coffee on the stronger side and these beans held up. Smooth, bold, low acidity, yummy. The beans themselves were super dark and oily. The grinder still ground them perfect for our french press.
The baby is teething hardcore. he was tossing and turning most of last night. Hubby just asked me to stay up late with him tonight and watch a movie. So, I think that means it is time for another cup of this delicious coffee!
I’m in the mood to ramble and type for no reason. There will be no profound insight in this journal like post. We have had a difficult week. Not a life is difficult type week; more so the kids are grumpy, Mommy is distracted, the baby fussy for some unknown reason difficult type week. We were able to end this rough week on a good note. Today we met some friends at Chick-fil-a and ate and played. It was a good time that was much needed.
The weekend is here, and I am looking forward to some family time. My oldest is looking forward to spending a night with her Grandma, which means more room for us in the big bed. I am looking forward to a few days with extra cups of coffee with my husband. The weekend is my favorite. I am trying to claim this weekend as a positive one. Sometimes, I get so many ideas in my head for the weekend; so much that I want to accomplish in those two short days, that I get anxious and end up not actually enjoying it. I am trying to become more aware of that and start out in a realistic expectations mindset.
I love how a day of play gave us all a much needed reset. It is amazing how sometimes that is all it takes to get back on track. Play is so good for kids (and adults!). It is so much more than what you see on the surface. Play is literally the language of childhood and so much learning is happening while children are playing. We are naturally pretty lax around here, maybe even too much at times, but time for free play is a priority.
Speaking of play, I have been noticing my 3 year-old’s play has been changing. He has started playing some more independently. I have also noticed that his play has been including more social fantasy. He has been pretending toys talk to each other and having them hold conversations. I remember doing that as a child. It makes me smile. I like when I can pick up on these subtle milestones because it is like an outward show of maturity.
I think that is all I had to get out. Have a great weekend!