I’ve been catching myself enjoying these slow, quiet days. Both slow and quiet referring to my lack of plans and general obligations out of the home and not my two beautiful girls (because they are neither slow nor quiet!) Hilde can (and does) run circles around me and the house all day long and our Millie girl is growing faster than I want her too. And obviously a house with a 6 month old and a toddler is more on the loud side of things. But these walk around the block, play in the sandbox, watch a show, make some meals, sing some songs, and not even get in the car once … in several days… is new. Sometimes hard yet sometimes so sweet.
Pandemic living was something I would have never signed up for. I am the opposite of the stay at home and never go out lifestyle. In fact, the mom of two under two wasn’t something I would have ever planned. The truth is that my enneagram seven, extrovert heart can feel trapped sometimes with this current season. I’ve resorted to house projects but the lack of an unlimited budget and two babies makes those projects slow goings.
Sometimes I cry about it. Sometimes I miss just going to the zoo because I wanted to instead of hoping I get a time slot two weeks out. I miss going to restaurants without masks or trying to figure out if their dinning hall is open. BUT GOD. But God in His faithfulness has given me these two beautiful girls to spend my days with. A beautiful backyard we worked so hard to put together that we now get to enjoy. And THIS HOUSE. A house we were not planning on moving into but I’m ever so grateful we did just before this pandemic hit.
Our days are a lot of the same things over and over again. Meals, dishes, laundry, wiping down everything, telling Google to play “Love is an Open Door,” and saying “I really need to go to bed at 10 tonight” but not doing it. And sometimes in the midst of all this I find myself simply enjoying it. Even though adventure & progress & doing things are all my middle names. Usually its those moments I get out the camera to take photos of us in the backyard after dinner. And the moments I find time to edit them and I just smile because even when the moments are slow, they are not slow enough. My babies are growing right before my eyes.
And leaf blowers are just too fun.
And I need to do another post on that sandbox because we are obsessed with it.
Normally my favorite posts to write are about the adventures we have gone on and the places we’ve been. But today it is my girls in our backyard in this home we have spent an inordinate amount of time in these days. These moments are special too.