Scouty and I took this book out of the library. It is about a girl who lives in a town where every day is Christmas. She wakes up every morning and opens her presents and eats Christmas dinner and stuffs her room full of toys.
She's really bored with life.
The one day she looks forward to more than anything is Un-christmas, when she gets to go to school and eat TV dinners and the mailman brings the bills.
It's a cute story and it was written because every kid, at some point, wishes it could be Christmas every day.
But, it actually got me thinking.
We do the same things with our time every day. The reason certain days are special is because they're out of the ordinary. We might think it's because of the presents and the cookies and everything... and those things are awesome. But really, those things are only awesome because they so rarely happen. It is totally true that if we got presents every day, they would stop being wonderful really quickly.
You know how we're moms and we wake up and make breakfast and get kids dressed and brush a bunch of teeth and put on the same shows while we get dressed in the same clothes we've been wearing for years? And we pack the same lunches and take kids to school and play the same puzzles with the baby and lay her down for a nap at the same time every day, and then we workout and shower and keep buying the same soap and snacks? And we pick our big kids up from school and go to the same park and the same grocery store and do a craft and read a book and daddy gets home at the same time every day?
It's so boring, right?
I hate it, too.
I've decided to come up with a list of ideas of ways to make my days go by a little differently. There must be something we can do to mix things up every once in a while? If everything wasn't so mind numbingly THE SAME every day, maybe we wouldn't feel so unplugged, like we're just mom robots going about our mechanical robot business without any emotional and spiritual involvement.
I need ideas.
Don't respond and tell me about how you've got it all figured out and all you do is give your kids a bowl of rice to play with and voila! your life is totally enjoyable and stimulating. I won't believe you. Or, if I do, I'll just think you're crazy and a little bit smug.
What are some things that don't cost a lot of money and aren't totally annoying and exhausting that we could do to make our day feel a little bit out of the ordinary? So that we can administer some novelty to our daily routines and get a little happier?