For the last week Alice has had chicken pox and this has meant that we had to cancel all our plans. Plans to go camping with friends at the weekend, plans for play dates and of course not making any new plans.
I started to feel like the next week or so was going to be tough and to be honest a bit boring. The thought of staying at home all day, every day didn’t excite me at all.
Whilst of course I don’t wish that Alice had chicken pox and it would have been lovely to go camping with our friends, something that had been planed along time ago. I have actually enjoyed the past week.
I have enjoyed the slower pace of life, no routine’s, no mad dash out the door to be somewhere. The pressure of life has been taken away from me and I am not sure I want it back.
We have been enjoying time in the garden, the girls have loved playing with each other and there have been fewer squabbles than normal. My parents came over for a barbecue at the weekend and it was so nice to just relax in the garden. Just sitting and chatting, playing with the girls and eating lots of food!
What this time has shown me is that I am a better mum when life is quieter, I am more relaxed and I don’t feel as anxious and that can only be a good thing.
Of course in a few days time the spots will have gone and life will be back to normal, filled with play dates and friends. Which we all love to do and see, that will never change.
But, I am going to take things at a slower pace and not race to the finish line at every opportunity. Every minute of every day does not have to be filled up and I am going to get better at having a balance in life.
I won’t worry about having an empty day in the diary, in fact my face will light up when I see it…