Scratch The To-Do List and Go Make A Memory

Yesterday I did the unimaginable, the unthinkable, the preposterous…

In the month of December with lists and tasks coming out the wazoo, I took the day off and went to the Children’s Museum with the littles. (I wrote this piece over summer about saying “yes” more to my kids and I realized I needed a dose of my own medicine.)

The month of December seems to have this mysterious mom code written about it… “If it’s not for Christmas, it will have to wait for January.” I say RUBBISH!

Let me be clear, I am not some freak of nature that has already sent out the Christmas cards (BTW… I got my first one yesterday – well done, Gabaldon), has the presents wrapped or is even completely done with all the Christmas shopping. Heck, last week I had a wisdom tooth removed and was out of commission for several days. Trust me when I say, I am definitely in no position to be vearing from the to do list.

But I did it anyway.

I loaded those precious toddlers in the car and we headed for the city. I brought the to-do list with me… I am not exactly sure why, I think I was trying to strategize in my head but it basically laid there on the cupholders and mocked me.

When we pulled in the driveway and they started squealing with joy, I knew I had made the right choice.


Instead of wrapping presents… we painted pictures.

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Instead of making the baked goods for the neighbors, we took at class at the Teaching Kitchen and learned how to make our own tea.
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Instead of getting the laundry caught up, we discovered the physics the joys playing in the ball section.
(She was working so hard to get all those balls up the pipe, I don’t think she had any clue they were looping around and coming right back to her. — Sounds a lot like laundry, huh?)



Instead of finishing the Christmas shopping, we played firefighters.




And instead of all the rest of the mumbo jumbo on the list… we played bubbles,


And secretary,

unnamed-8 And construction worker,


And veterinarian.


And you know what… the world kept spinning. The list is sitting right here next to me as it type and it’s even a little longer today than it was yesterday, but that’s ok.

There will always be another list, but I only get one childhood with my kiddos and I want to live it to the fullest.

Today, I challenge you to do the same. Scratch the list! (or take it with you for taunting purposes, whatever floats your boat) and go make a memory with your kids.

I promise you won’t regret it.


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