- Family and Parenting
Loving & Living in the Moment
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others"?
Martin Luther King
My kids and I both had the day off for Martin Luther King day. I think we spent the whole weekend making positive connections and living in the moment. Well, as a mom, I know I did. I love watching my children with their friends and observing the innocence and joy they have while playing. The entire weekend was surreal. My kids are so important to me and to see them happy fills my heart to full. "If we are to have real peace, we must begin with the children." Gandhi
Friday night We all just lounged in our favorite chairs in my upper living room and played couch potato. We are quite talented at this game .Let me give you tutelage on how to play this game. You sit on your favorite couch with your favorite blanky and sit quiet like a potato. You also eat your favorite snack and it is usually not fat free. To play couch potato correctly though, you must fall asleep on your couch or you really have not played the game well. You must be watching the boob tube.
Saturday- My daughter had three basketball games and took second place in the tournament. I do so love to watch her, she is so awesome on defense. Lots of driving around the city, but also lots of chatting and connection with my girl. My twin sister, son and I watched Ellie play her last game all together. When we got home, I took my children skating with the neighbor kids. It was frightfully cold, but the kids lasted about forty five minutes on the skating rink. I watched them skate, took pictures and then we went home to some home-made pizza and oreo cookie malts. My daughter Ellie had her friend Elise over and my son Jacob had his buddy Kale over.
The next day I let my daughter invite one more friend over for the night and my son had two friends over. I figured why not, these are the days and they do not last forever. We had an old fashioned slumber party. I took the children to the big sliding hill. While they were sliding, I ran my errands for the day. I came back after one hour. The kids were chilled to the bone so off we went to the local Caribou coffee. I do not do this often, but it was the right time to take them for something hot. The kids had so much fun and again, they did not notice, but I sat in awe watching them laugh and converse. We went to Jimmy Johns later for subs.
Monday morning and on MLK day- We woke up after a very late late late night. I had a big family style breakfast awaiting them as they woke. My menu included: Mango juice, Orange Juice, cinnamon raisin bread, English muffin bread with raspberry rhubarb jelly, hash-browns, peppered bacon, scrambled and fried eggs. We all prayed together and then dug in. I was in heaven watching all these tweens chowing down and laughing and sharing cute stories. After cleaning up the kitchen with the help of my sister, I again took the kids to the Killer Hill. This time they stayed two hours and had a great time. We drove home and by this time it was mid afternoon. I told the kids they need some quiet time, so some of the kids read and some just fell into the couches.
At dinner time, I called all of them into the kitchen for a home-made ham dinner. We had to eat and leave to take my daughter to her basketball practice, so I told them tonight would not be a lengthy dinner. We finished up our dinner and left the dishes as my lovely twin sister said she would do the cleaning while I ran kids home. I dropped of the children one by one and then my daughter at her game.
I know that kids grow up so fast. I am so thankful I will always have my writing to look back on when my tweenagers grow up and move on with their own lives. I will always have the stories to ponder over when I am lonely. I am a very happy single mom, proud and content with life. I love my life so much. I had so much fun on this long Martin Luther King Weekend.
© Laura Rogers Arne