I’m a huge believer that the small moments matter. Although these sorts of moments happen all the time, its often easier for me to notice them on the weekend when my plate is a little less full and my time is spent with the three loves of my life.
By paying closer attention to these small moments, life seems fuller somehow. And after a year where we lost so much from a worldly perspective, I’ve been in pure awe as our family has gotten closer with the less we appear to have.
In short of being able to bottle up these moments and re-live them later in time, I’m recording them here as the next best thing. I hope you’ll be inspired too by these little moments and keep an eye out for similar ones in your life too.
6 Lovely Things About the Weekend
Another date night with Aaron. Two weekend dates in a row!?! Who are we!?! Honestly, I can’t remember Aaron and I taking time away from the boys since before they were born… eight years ago. We’ve had a few work trips here and there, and those were fun, but its also really nice to get away and not work. Last weekend Aaron took me to Traverse City to celebrate my birthday, this weekend we went and celebrated the marriage of a friend.
Library dates with the boys. I love books just about as much as I love food! Fun fact: I’m on the board for our local library. This weekend was the annual friends of the library book sale, a great opportunity to support the library while also getting a great deal on gently loved books. We spent $2 for a grocery bag-worth of books. The boys had fun picking out a few and I of course grabbed a few new cookbooks.
While we were there, one of my fellow library board members informed me that some college aged girls were there earlier and, upon arriving on the cookbook section, exclaimed that “these were what people used before they had the Internet to find recipes.” Yup.
A trip downtown for Central Michigan University’s Homecoming Parade. Aaron and I are very fortunate to still live in the town in which we went to college. We both loved our experience at Central Michigan University and love getting to share our alma mater pride with our boys. Being homecoming weekend, there really is no better time to do just that. Aaron was off at a Bachelor party most of the day, but that didn’t stop the boys and I from enjoying ourselves at the homecoming parade. It was a tad chilly, but still a lot of fun. My favorite part of parades are the marching bands – once a band geek always a band geek. But the boys enjoyed all the free swag they received. Candy, shirts, frisbees, and footballs. We should have brought another grocery bag just for this event!
Going to church together. Another one of my favorite moments from this weekend was the opportunity to go to church together as a family. My husband, Aaron, is on staff at our church so getting to go together is a rarity in our life. Its one of those small moments that I definitely took for granted before he went on staff and thoroughly enjoy now when we get the chance.
The service was also beautiful and over the years I’ve seen more and more families serving together. I’m a huge fan of de-compartmentalization in life, but I’ll share that in more detail later.
Trying a new recipe. Weekends are also serve as placeholders for experiments in the kitchen. I try to dedicate at least one meal to new cuisine and this weekend, being CMU’s homecoming, I attempted a healthier rendition of loaded baked potato skins to enjoy with my boys for our own unsophisticated tailgate. They weren’t impressed and opted for the hummus and chips we also had out on the table. But I LOVED the sweet potato rounds. They were delicious.
Visiting the local pumpkin patch… and enjoying amazing donuts. And of course, what fall weekend wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the local pumpkin patch? In Michigan, these sorts of places are kind of a big deal and we love getting to support one of our local businesses. Papa’s Pumpkin Patch also has some pretty darn delicious apple cider and pumpkin flavored donuts. Yum. We actually should go here more often. I mean, the season is pretty short, right?
Jam-packed, fun-filled weekends are the best. Sure, my house is a mess, but honesty, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What are your favorite small moments from the weekend?