Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Gift

I have spent the last two days living on kid time, and it's been awesome.

After days and weeks of good but frantic errand-running, cooking, baking, wrapping, hosting, driving, and general holiday readying, I decided on Sunday night that I was going to make exactly ZERO plans for myself and the girls for yesterday and today. I can't remember ever intentionally doing this before - choosing to set aside two solid days with the expectation of accomplishing nothing, of going nowhere - so it probably hasn't happened since Jemma was very little.

Yesterday morning, Jason left for work, and the playing began. We played dollhouse, Dora, paper dolls, and Taking Care of Babies. We put together two puzzles. We ate a snack in front of part of Sesame Street. We went outside and made a snowman. We had hot chocolate. We built a house from Legos. We colored and painted with watercolors. We had quiet time, and then we had a dance party and went next door to play with Jonathan and Charlie right up until Jason came home from work. And today, we did it all again - took a giant walk around the block to climb the snow mountains the plows have made, threw snowballs at trees, made a sledding run in our front yard, played with glitter glue, watched a Blues Clues; basically, we did whatever they wanted to do until they got sick of it, and then we did the next thing. I didn't shower, didn't talk on the phone, didn't check e-mail, didn't try to cook a meal or throw in a load of laundry or clean a bathroom while they were playing. I just sat, and watched, and played.

After days and weeks of having to be a certain place at a certain time, list checked twice, gift in hand, make-up done, with a dish to pass, these two days were heavenly. I'm ready to dive back in to schedules and "real life" tomorrow, with errands and haircuts and a trip to Holland, but this was truly a great little belated Christmas gift.

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