Monday, June 12, 2017

Just Us (and some poppies)

Just us.  It's how I sometimes like to spend my days with the boys.  No friends, no commitments, just us.  Perhaps it's because they play so well together.  They have one another, so I can often just sit back & watch them.  They are my adventurers.  Always up for a day in the mountains, a new hike, a new park.  



But I didn't always value these days like I do now.  In fact, I used to panic if I literally had no plans for the day.  A whole day by myself seemed daunting.  I needed to be around other moms.  I needed my kids occupied, busy with friends.  I literally made sure that each weekday was filled with mom friends & baby friends.  Especially the days when it was just Liam & I before Finn was born, I needed the break that came with playdates.  But somewhere over the past few months, I've found that my days are just as filling with only my two boys.  They are my buddies, some of my favorite conversationalists, and they are always up for a spontaneous treat!



Now don't get me wrong, I do still completely enjoy my days that are filled with others.   Mama friends are so so important!  But I have also found a lot of joy & peace in the simpler and the slower days.  Maybe it's the pregnant hormones.  Maybe it's me wanting to soak up more of this precious time with Liam before he starts school full time in the Fall.  Maybe it's just the boys' ages right now, which are so so fun!  No toting around diaper bags and baby carriers; we can be out of the house in an instant.  And nap times are flexible.  We sure are in such a sweet spot right now.  I'm hopeful that when Kane arrives, he will transition right into our current groove.



So cheers to this stormy Monday that is sure to be filled with plenty of forts & snuggles.  
To a day with "just us".


Side note:  These photos have absolutely nothing to do with this post.  It was just a random Wednesday that we hit the mountains with friends in search of this wild poppy field I had heard about since living here.  It was beautiful!!!  And since I'm pretty sure I hit my limit of poppy photos on Instagram, the rest get shared here!  I've decided I need to find a little spot up near our new house, and plant some poppies.  I'm making my own wild field!

14 comments :

  1. I hope these days come for me too, ha. I am the exact same way about keeping our days jam-packed with activities, it's so hard for me to sit at home alone with the baby and I definitely have some guilt over that.

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  2. For whatever reason (pregnancy brain) I read "puppies" instead of poppies, haha. But these were just as delightful!! Summer days were made for exploring with your best peeps :)

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  3. I completely agree with this. We definitely love our friend days, but there are days where just the two of us is so special. As Ben has started verbalizing so much more, I love hearing what he has to say and I love the moments where he is engaged with me. It is really amazing watching him grow. Glad you're getting these days, and wow do I love those photos!

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  4. I'm right there with you. I love days with friends but sometimes it's just nice to sit back and just enjoy my kids. Love the photos!!!

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  5. Seriously stunning photos! I love poppies so much but even though they are our state flower, I don't see them hardly anywhere!

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  6. I want to see wild poppies or even a planted poppy field so badly! Your boys are seriously the most handsome little guys - wonder if you'll get random dark hair to mix things up this go round?! haha love it!

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  7. I love this post and can relate! I love days that are spend just with my boys. That family time is precious and I want to soak up every single second that I can. These photographs are beautiful!!

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  8. That is so sweet. As my youngest is getting older my boys two are becoming each others best friends and it is wonderful to watch their relationship blossom.

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  9. Enjoy this sweet spot, it sounds so lovely.

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  10. These pictures are SO pretty!!! And I agree so much!

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  11. I can definitely relate-simple family time is my preference lately. I can totally see with an impending change in family dynamics also, the desire to soak in the current situation. I'm sure big-K will fit RIGHT in, seamlessly, as well.

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  12. I'm 10% with you! When it was just Marcus and me we used to have something scheduled every. single. morning. But now, I LOVE when I can just slip away with both kids - to a park, to the tide pools, to the pool.
    Also. These pics are absolutely stunning.

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  13. <3 What special time with your boys! I love days with just my guys too... Only they'll be better when my baby doesn't sleep 20 hours a day! ;-)

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