More smooth sailing

Sometimes I have days where I realize my life is too easy. I am definitely not complaining, but I don’t think this lifestyle can possibly be healthy or sustainable long term. Doesn’t the best growth come from struggle? In my last ward, almost every Sunday School lesson came back to a discussion about how to endure the hard blows of life. I always felt like such a wuss listening to everyone because my only real struggles right now are with my own character flaws. If I ever actually become that “new creature in Christ” I pray every day to be, my life (if the situation remains stable) will be simple and utter bliss.

And that is why I steel myself every day for some blow from the sky. I probably can’t become the person I want to be without enduring a couple of real trials, and so days like these feel peaceful in a kind of eerie way.

All that to say, we had a perfectly normal day. I worked out, took the girls to the park, made dinner, and somewhere in there took a nap.

It’s now 1:30 am, and I have just finished binge watching season five of Downton Abbey. I fell asleep right after putting the girls to bed, and when I woke up two hours later, I couldn’t get back to bed. Hence my irresponsible use of late night time.

My only hope for tomorrow is that the girls will sleep in. They had a full, long day today, and Mary swapped her usual three or four hour nap for a one hour one. I pray we all wake up together at 10 am tomorrow.

Although today wasn’t terribly productive in the chore department, I did play a lot with the girls, and that made me happy. When we first moved into this house, I made sure that all toys were kept either upstairs or in the basement. I reasoned that I would never have a mess downstairs if I kept it that way. The downside, which I overlooked, is that I rarely ever play with the girls now.

I wish I could say I took steps to remedy the situation, but the credit actually belongs to Summer, the girls’ babysitter. She moved some puzzles and dolls to the main floor a couple days ago, and we have all been playing more ever since. I’ve decided I prefer the current arrangement.

Pictures:

We have been cuddling a lot lately. It's my favorite activity.

We have been cuddling a lot lately. It’s my favorite activity.

Sorry to have caught Abe mid chew (didn't check the picture 'til just now!), but I wanted a picture of how Mary eats these days. She eats standing up and I have to constantly remind her not to straddle the chairs while she chews. Maybe it will be easier for her to eat normally when she's taller??

Sorry to have caught Abe mid chew (didn’t check the picture ’til just now!), but at least I caught a picture of how Mary eats these days. She eats standing up and I have to constantly remind her not to straddle the chairs while she chews. Maybe it will be easier for her to eat normally when she’s taller??

Now that we have toys nearby, we can actually stop what we're doing and play together.

Now that we have toys nearby, we can actually stop what we’re doing and play together.

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