Saturday, February 26, 2011

simple things

since returning from my vacation i've noticed that i am focusing more on the joy of simple things.  like my new guest bath lightswitch cover that once looked like this...
{yes - that is wallpaper...the rest of the room used to be covered in it too}
and now looks like this...
or the fact that nobody around our house bats an eye when lucy shows up for lunch like this...
and insists on wearing these with her pajamas {or any other outfit for that matter}...
and then there's the unmatched fun of using cotton balls to make it snow inside...
{again - please note my little fashionista}
i know that i miss so many of these simple joys every day but i'm definitely paying closer attention lately.  there will soon come a day when those cinderella slippers won't fit anymore and those cotton balls will be used for removing make-up instead of make-believe...

did you know that our recent trip to puerto rico was my first 'real' vacation since my honeymoon 6 years ago {sad, i know}?  i spent 5 days at a beachside resort outside of san juan without one single responsibility.  i'm not saying i want to live my life that way, but for someone who has a general tendency to take on way more responsibility than i should this little hiatus was much appreciated and reminded me of the simplicity that i so desperately need.  
here's my list of top 5 vacation accomplishments {darn!  my over-achieving personality can not rest!}...


::1::  allowed myself to only be exposed to the kind of surfing that actually involves water...not the internet...


::2::  officially rekindled my love affair with fiction...2 novels completed {the help and the shadow of the wind...both of which i would highly recommend}.  i hadn't read that much for pleasure in the past 2 years!


::3::  drank multiple cups of coffee straight through without having to reheat in the microwave {i know there are some moms out there that know what a luxury this is...when i'm at home i average 3 reheats per cup in between cooking breakfast, breaking up fights, wiping tushies, refilling sippy cups...you catch my drift...} 


::4::  schedule, schmedule...i did not plan one single day...no need when all that is on your to-do list is 
- sleep
- eat
- read
- walk to the poolside cabana
- brush teeth
- shower {optional}


::5::  countless uninterrupted conversations with my best friend that reminded me how much we really do enjoy each other and how important it is for mommy and daddy to just be husband and wife sometimes
{i was going to put - 'got a pretty good head start on a summer tan so that i don't have to look at my ghostly white skin in the mirror anymore' - but that sounded so vain}


so here's to simple things...share some of yours with me over the next few days and let's vow to keep noticing...and being grateful...