The Simple Joys in Life

With wedding season over, my schedule is a lot more relaxed these days. There is still a lot of work to do for next year’s weddings, but the pace is much less intense than it has been for the past 6 months. That means I am finding the time to cook, read, and be with my family again! Yay!

I love the walks that Bridgette and I take when I pick her up from school. Some days, we bike, and some days we scooter. But when I can, I try to walk because it gives us a chance to explore the beauty of our neighborhood. With no rush to get anywhere but home, we often take our time strolling and exploring different routes to get home. Times like these are a great reminder that it really is the simple joys in life that feels the most precious…

Bridgette loves picking pretty flowers to put in our hair
Bridgette loves picking pretty flowers to put in our hair

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Blowing on dandelions is one of her favorite things to do
Blowing on dandelions is one of her favorite things to do

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Every Wednesday is a minimum day for her, and we usually eat out for lunch, and then spend a good few hours at the book store or library. Now that Bridgette can read chapter books, she and I can sit side by side and read our own novels…..a dream come true for the book lover in me!!

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She’s in second grade now, and there seems to be endless topics for us to chat about. School, friends, books, and yes, sometimes even boys! She’s definitely become a great companion to me. She tells me everything, and I can only pray and hope that she will continue to trust me the same way as she grows older. Vice versa, I’m able to share a lot of things with her too. She’s very inquisite, and loves it when I share experiences with her…particularly my wedding stories! 🙂

As much as we love our time together, she’s also needing to be with her friends more often too, and I respect that. Fortunately, her two closest friends from school live right next door and down the street, so play dates are easy to arrange. During play dates, we rarely allow any electronics to be present, so Bridgette and her friends tend to get really creative in their activities. Just last week, they created their own spa in the play room! I was so impressed at their efforts. Bridgette dug through our recycle bin and rescued two big foam pieces that were from the packaging of an ice cream maker gifted to us, and she painted them pink and black to be the speakers for their DJ station at the spa. Then, the girls set up comfy blankets and pillows as their spa stations, and I contributed facial masks and cucumber water. For a full hour, they “relaxed” in their spa with music, cucumber water, and facial masks. It was hilarious!

Painting her cool looking speakers
Painting her cool looking speakers
Left: The girls' DJ station | Right: Cucumber water to drink and cucumber slices for their eyes
Left: The girls’ DJ station | Right: Cucumber water to drink and cucumber slices for their eyes
Elena, our awesome DJ in the house!
Elena, our awesome DJ “spinning”  in the house!
Even their feet got some pampering that day!
Even their feet got some pampering that day!

 

 

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