Simple Pleasures & Time Well Spent

Where does the time go? I can’t believe my baby is two! The days are passing too quickly. The weeks fly by. The years evaporate into the mist. How can I slow down and enjoy the wonder and the beauty that surrounds me?

Sometimes I worry about my priorities. Do I spend enough quality time with my hubby? Do I play with my Little Guy enough? Do I pray enough?  Do I dedicate the right amount of time to my parents, my brother, my in-laws, my friends etc? Do they all know just how much they mean to me?

I sure hope so.

This idea of “time” vs. “time well spent”, has been on my mind a lot lately. How can I shape my life into one which isn’t wasted on unimportant bits of this and that? How do I focus on those things in life which I hold most dear? I want to make every moment count. For the most part, I think we do a pretty good job most of the time. It’s just my nature to want to do more, I guess. (one of many faults for which I probably need therapy).

So anyway, last night was really kind of perfect. I want more nights like that one. It’s been so hot and humid lately, we haven’t spent a lot of time outside. Last night wasn’t bad though, so the three of us played in the back yard. Willie rode his little trike around and then we got out the sprinkler. At first he was a little hesitant, but soon he was jumping through the water and giggling. After a bit he started to say, “C’mon Mom” and “C’mon Dad” so we joined him. The three of us took turns jumping through the sprinkler and laughing. We were quickly soaked to the bone, but oh were we happy! It was pure joy. After we were back inside and changed into dry clothes, we pulled out the play-doh and played with it on the kitchen table. Little Guy loved making shapes with cookie cutters and poking the dough with a fork. When he got tired of that, we played with his new choo choo train. When it was time for bed, I read him a stack of books, sang him some songs and then tucked him in. He was worn out and went to sleep quickly. He was content and so were we.

After Will was asleep hubby and I curled up on the couch like the old days.  We turned on the tv and watched a long forgotten episode of Buck Rogers (thank you NetFlix instant watch), and just enjoyed being there in the moment. 

It was a sweet evening. It was full of the simple pleasures in life. We didn’t have to spend a lot of money or even put forth a lot of effort. We just had fun. We made memories and maybe, set a precedent for more fun-filled evenings to come. This was definitely time well spent.

Tonight, we break out the finger paint…

Photos via Bing Images


  1. Aww, that sounds like a wonderful time! Makes me remember times like that with my girls (who are now 13 and 16), those are the very best times, just doing fun things together.

    It is really hot and humid here too, ugh! Can't wait for real autumn weather!

    And thank you for visiting Kitchen Retro :)

  2. Sounds like a wonderful way to spend an evening. Simple pleasures are always the best. As they say the best things in life are free. x

  3. That brings the old memories back . I did exactly the same thing as Willie, tho' I don't think mum and dad joined in! (Mind you my parents were quite a few years older than you). But the great thing is I STILL use that same sprinkler now!
    Oh, happy days. Enjoy!
    Z xx



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