These photos of my own girls and friend make me happy, for so many reasons. I’m not much of a soapbox type of person, since there are times that I don’t want to be told what to do, I figure I’d better not be one to tell others what to do. Rest assured, my goal today isn’t to persuade or convince, but only share that my kids and their many friends have the time to explore, create, learn, and grow together brings me joy. I’m sure there are many ways that these times happen. In my own life, I think there are a few reasons that allow for it:

* I am sooooo distractable. I’m sure that isn’t a word, but if it were, the definition would have my name in it. The kids know that about me and take advantage of it when possible.

* The kids get plenty of time off of school and sports. We’re homeschooling some of them, which gives them an extra couple of hours a day to play. That means my life ends up being busy, but my husband and I always end up teasing ourselves by thinking that we got ourselves into this adventure (having the kids), we better step up to challenges when they come.

* My house is messy and their clothes are stained. I’m clinging to the idea that at the end of my life, I wouldn’t have wanted to spent it cleaning.

Yesterday was a typical case study of life at our household. It’s when I tell myself, sometimes outloud, to let it go, the dirt stains are worth it. Now that I think about it, I didn’t call Silas’ mom to make sure that was OK with her. Consider yourself warned: don’t send your kids to play at my house with their best clothes on.

Corvallis Children
Corvallis Children

I was feeling pretty proud of myself that Heidi’s hair wasn’t all loose, getting mega snarly. Bath time later proved that braids with enough dirt in them can get just as snarly. Good thing her head is tough.

Corvallis Children
Corvallis Children
Corvallis Children
Corvallis Children
Corvallis Children
Corvallis Children
Corvallis Children
Corvallis Children
Corvallis Children

 

 

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