Thursday, June 6, 2013

Creating Adventure

Ever since posting yesterday, I have done a lot of thinking. I have been a bit buried by life this week, but the thing that I felt the worst about? Was thinking that this would be my children's summer.

They are in such a fun, amazing stage. They are so curious about everything and all they really want is to live a life of happiness.

While doing some painting yesterday (painting is so therapeutic!), it occurred to me that one of the things that makes me the happiest and helps me forget whatever physical woes I might be experiencing with pregnancy is taking my children on adventures and watching them experience life to the fullest.

For me its easy to think "Oh this would be fun. The kids would love this! We'll try that....next week because I don't feel well today." And then next week rolls around and it doesn't happen yet again. But the truth is if I just push myself to go out with the kids, oftentimes the activity helps me get my mind off of not feeling well and tricks me into feeling just a little bit better. (The getting out the door part is the worst part.)

So while pondering how to fix this dilemma, I had this crazy thought that I wanted to challenge myself. A challenge to seek out and create adventure for my children at least once a day. And since I'm not sure how it will go- I limited the challenge to 30 days.

Granted, these adventures will most likely not be super fancy or elaborate- they may be as simple as taking their dinner out into the front lawn with a blanket and calling it a picnic. But it will be thinking outside the box. Getting us out of the house. Experiencing and creating adventure through the eyes of two toddlers- even if it wouldn't be deemed "adventure" by children even a few years older.

Since my husband works insane hours in the summer, oftentimes I feel tied to a very limited social calendar. This challenge will be me to stop saying "Well, if Aaron was home we could do this as a family" and to just DO IT with the children because they deserve more than my excuses.

I want to say that at least one of the adventures a week will include me making a bigger effort with my own social life (playdates, hosting barbecues, etc). My idealistic mind is saying "YES", but we'll see if that part actually happens.

As far as the other stuff goes (laundry, housework, dishes), I'm OK if I don't win any awards for that. Notice this is not a 30 day challenge to a cleaner house or anything. I haven't been able to stand spending any time in the kitchen the past few weeks because of morning sickness, and hopefully that will pass so that I can make awesome food for our outings. But I'm not putting any pressure on myself either way. This isn't about the food or the super clean house- this is about my kids.

This challenge is me making a conscious effort to focus on the one thing that is the most important thing in my life right now- my children. They will only be this young once, and I want to make this a summer full of memories. This challenge is me recognizing that I can't do it all, so I want to spend my energy where it matters most.

Anyone up for joining me on this 30 challenge to creating adventure? I realize this might sound a bit crazy coming from the lady who yesterday moaned about how she couldn't get up off her bed, but I think that a challenge like this is just what I need to make me keep going through the pregnancy sickness (since it probably isn't going away any time soon).

I'm going to start my 30 days on Monday of adventure creating (June 10th), and I will post updates and pictures of our adventures. I won't be posting every day. I'll just lump the adventures together into posts whenever I get the chance to post.

Also, I wish I could think of a better title. "Creating Adventure" is nice, but doesn't sound very original. Anyone have any challenge title ideas for me????

Now if you excuse me, I have to go make a list of potential activities. I bought a pass to Indian Brook Reservoir yesterday, the pool opens soon, and Lake Champlain is just begging for a lakeside stroll from us downtown....but 30 days is a lot of adventure for us to fill! Gotta have options... (suggestions for low-key toddler adventures welcome!) #creatingtoddleradventure

p.s. Thank you so much for all of your comments and emails yesterday. I love and appreciate all of you!

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