Saying Yes

Sometimes I get into a bit of a rut. A rut I’m not terribly fond of. A “no” rut.

No, we can’t go to the playground right now.

No, playdoh is too messy.

No, you may not have any yogurt.

Wait a second….

No to yogurt? No to playdoh? No to the playground? Why?

Well, to be frank, sometimes it is just easier to say no. It is easier to brush off the requests, most of which are perfectly reasonable.

But that’s not who I want to be. That’s not the life I want to live. That’s not the mama I want these boys to remember.

I want to say yes! Live yes!

And yesterday when my little guy, overflowing with excitement about his new train track pieces, came out of quiet time asking if we could build a train track using every single piece of track I said YES!

Yes! We can build that track.

And we did. And it was awesome. (Even if it was declared that I wasn’t the best engineer, since there was one dead-end)

So, yes. I’m going to try to say it more. Try to do it more.

What about you? What do you want to say Yes to?


The Simple Things

Bluest Blue

I happened upon a blog, Soul Aperture, a few days ago and noticed her generous offer, a $1 donation for each blog that joins her in writing about the simple things. Seeing her list, and others cropping up in the comments, well, I couldn’t resist thinking about and making a list of my very own. Without further adieu, the simple things of my life these days.

cinnamon rolls, just because

the bluest blue skies, on the coldest winter days

little baby giggles, when you hit just the right spot

a warm dinner, even if it wasn’t great

connecting with other mamas

fresh handspun yarn, filled with potential, drying on the radiator

quiet times filled with dreaming

a babe who only woke up to nurse TWICE last night

a hubby who is working overtime, but still comes home with a smile and ready to play

handmade curtains adorning every window in the house

the calm that happens when the babe is put in the sling, he knows

family dance time

making up silly songs

sitting, knitting, listening to the state of the union starting now

Life is simple, simple is good. For that, for this, I am grateful.