I’m thankful for air travel. Today we fly back to Florida. When we drive it is about 17 hours of drive time. When we have driven before, we’ve had to wake up around 2:30am and drive from 3am-7pm or so. That was before kids when we did the 17 hours with just two stops. Now with kids that 17 hours takes two days and lots of stops.
Now, we get up, sometimes go to work first and then head to the airport. It’s about 45 minutes to the airport. We park the car, get in a shuttle where we are dropped off and we get to hand off our bag and make our way past security and on to our gate. The kids get to run around getting energy off instead of strapped in a carseat, we board the plane and land 2 hours later. After that it’s about an hour to get to my parent’s house.
Air travel takes our time from 2 days to about 6 total hours including travel time to and from the airport. Now if only flying would cost the same as driving.
I’m a little late to the game (it’s sort of a trend for me since having kids) but I think I’m going to try to do thankfulness posts this month.
We’re currently up north visiting family and we fly home tomorrow. I’m very thankful that we are able to travel back and forth every other month or so. It shortens the distance and makes the 1000 miles seem a bit more doable. I’m thankful for family that you can wear sweatpants with your hair a mess with. Thankful for the blessing of being able to step into a house a feel like you never left, even though it’s been a few months.
Thankful for people who knows just how much of a crazy nut you are, and they are okay with it… because they are too.
Lately, Norah has been… learning boundaries. She is pushing (and surpassing) limits in what I assume is a normal process of life. This also means she has learned as much about apologizing as a 3 year old can. I believe it is important that she doesn’t simply just say sorry. I want her to acknowledge whatever it is that she is saying sorry about. I don’t want her to mutter a meaningless, “Sorry…” and be on her merry way.
Typically I ask her to apologize by saying something like, “I’m sorry I wasn’t listening to directions”.
Recently she’s had to apologize when we weren’t around though. Most recently she had had a pretty tough day with her teacher and I asked her to apologize the next morning. She did so when I wasn’t around and later her teacher came to me to share what she said.
Apparently it went like this… “Ms. Teacher, I’m sorry for not acting like myself.”
My 3 year old is amazing.
She’s always teaching me things, but gosh how great was her statement! Her statement did not label her as anything. She is a good kid, she is a good listener, she is kind and gentle and sweet hearted. Those things are part of who she is. She simply had a moment of three-ness and was having a bad day (don’t we all). Her momentary bad choices do not define her. Her moment of not listening doesn’t make her a bad listener – it just means she had a moment of not listening.
She simply, wasn’t acting like herself.
We’re busy. When we find ourselves in a moment of not being busy, we have gotten into a habit of making an excuse to sit around. It is not in our nature to sit around – we like to be on the move, we love a good adventure. But, I mean, gosh, we’re tired.
There are a lot of problems with that, but our biggest problem is that when we want to sit around, we kind of assume the kids will too. Well, we’d be assuming wrong. Our kids are 3 and 1. They simply don’t sit, and they aren’t suppose to! The other night, it was about 5pm, the kids had just gotten up from a nap and we had eaten an early dinner. We decided we needed to do something to get out of the house to do something other than work or errands.
We cruised about 15 minutes over to our beach and had an incredibly fun evening. We LOVE the beach in the evening. Our fair skinned children don’t have to be lathered in sun screen every 2.34 seconds, there are less people, and it’s simply beautiful. We caught little sea creatures in the sand and ran away from the waves.
Sometimes, when you feel like you are too tired to stand up,
it’s a good idea to go on an adventure.