By: Jennifer Murray

The Not So Elaborate Days…

riding toys for boys big wheel cozy coupe


I can feel it slipping – these days of sunshine and simplicity.

Days of neglecting some of the to-do’s for the gifts in front of me…

Days of constant noise and chatter…

Days of make believe, laughter, togetherness, and play…

Days of childhood that can be cherished a little longer…

It’s fleeting at an unstoppable speed. 

So today there will be things that get neglected in order to soak more of THIS in.  There is a blanket in the sunshine that has our names on it this afternoon for reading.  We’ll sit outside for our meal so that clean-up is quicker.  Chaos will be responded to with calmness (at least that’s the goal). And we’ll pick easy over complicated.

Today we’ll choose to live seeing life not as an emergency, but as a gift.

And at the end of the day I doubt one of them will ask me why I didn’t get around to folding the last load of laundry, or emptying the dishwasher, or answering emails…

It may not be elaborate, but it’s a day we are going to embrace and live.

10 Responses to “The Not So Elaborate Days…”

  1. Gail
    April 18, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    Enjoy your beautiful boys! I just soaked up the sweetness of my 19-month old granddaughter for an entire week while her mom was on a business trip. Laundry piled up, furniture got dusty, chores were put on hold, but MEMORIES were made and I wouldn’t have changed a thing!

    Annapolis , MD

    • QuatroMama
      April 20, 2012 at 10:18 am #

      Gail, that sounds just precious! Glad you had that sweet time with her!

  2. Ashley
    April 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    I think all women struggle with this…I do even more so since my return to work in Jan. I’ve had to give myself permission to leave dirty dishes in the sink or let the laundry pile up a little because all I wanna do is snuggle my almost 1 year old baby in the evening before bed, not lay her down to do chores:(! I have to give myself permission not to feel guilty about not cleaning all the time and to enjoy these precious, fleeting moments!

    • QuatroMama
      April 20, 2012 at 10:17 am #

      I’m with you, Ashley! I just don’t think we’ll look back 20 years from now and think about how we wished we would have done the dishes better when they were little!

  3. Katie
    April 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    I wish I would do this more often!

    Enjoy. 🙂

    • QuatroMama
      April 20, 2012 at 10:16 am #

      We did…although the “responding calmly to chaos” still needs work!

  4. Cris
    April 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    What a beautiful reminder. I feel it slipping away too and we just might take a blanket outside this afternoon thanks to you!

    • QuatroMama
      April 20, 2012 at 10:15 am #

      It’s so worth getting a little “behind” for…Sunshine wins!

  5. Barbara Manatee
    April 20, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    I can’t wait for summer break from school so we can have more days like this!!
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  6. Autumn
    May 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    Hmmm…wouldn’t be great if we could live that way everyday – by our children’s expectations. “And at the end of the day I doubt one of them will ask me why I didn’t get around to folding the last load of laundry…” They don’t see that stuff undone, but some nights that’s ALL I can see. Great post.
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