Wednesday, April 22, 2009

spontaneity defined.



i would not say that i am naturally spontaneous.
spontaneous is defined as of a person having an open, natural, and uninhibited manner.
i think with home schooling and mothering [for me anyways] i have to create some sort of order/routine.
this works for a while.  it's good.
BUT
last night
we
did
something
way 
out
of
the
box
[about 6:45]
lauren and megan gently mentioned that today is Free Cone Day at Ben and Jerry's.
the "routine me" would have said, "it's 7:00. we have been gone all day long [or what seems like all day long]. your brother is a basket case [no nap today]. you need to get ready for bed. i want to go to bed."
BUT [here's the but again]
the "spontaneous me" [something i didn't realize i had] along with jeff said,
"let's go".
and that was it.
we headed down the road to our local B&J and stood in line for less than 10 minutes for a yummy spontaneous treat.  
now i like ice cream.
but to me this was not about the ice cream.
the old me yes it would have been all about getting a sweet treat.
BUT 
this was about something so much bigger for me [and jeff].
we realized how incredibly easy it is to get stuck in that daily routine.
you feel like your in a box.
wake up.  feed the kids. go to work [or stay home if you home school].  take kids to lessons.  be patient. be sweet. timeouts [mommy included].  feed the kids.  go outside.  go to the gym.  feed the kids [i didn't realize this was such a big part of our day].  spend time with each child.  make dinner.  get everybody ready for bed.  go to bed.  and do it all again tomorrow.
LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. my mommy job. my teaching time with the kids.  wouldn't trade it for the world.
BUT
we all need just a drop of spontaneity to keep those days from feeling so "the same".
found this website...pretty cool for some ideas on being spontaneous. enjoy!

who knew that a trip to Ben and Jerry's would revolutionize my thinking.
thank you to my Father in heaven who ALWAYS knows what i need.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11

There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan 
that can succeed against the Lord.   Proverbs 21:30

happy wednesday.
alicia

2 comments:

Gem said...

Love the pictures of them eating there icecream! What a special treat.
Gemma

Shannon said...

So funny. We too were heading out for ice cream that eve (very unusual for us) and we avoided B & J's b/c of their prices! Little did we know it would've been free! Shux!