The advertising sales world I live and breathe with its constant deadlines and performance goals often leaves me feeling like I am constantly running on a hamster wheel- unable to slow down, yet never really going anywhere. Stopping to smell the flowers is not really an option. One of the dangers of this type of lifestyle is that it is easier to focus on achieving tasks that are “checkable” off a list than it is to focus on activities that require consistent attention with results that are not instantaneous, like parenting for example. Parenting is more like an hourglass that seems so full at the beginning as the sand trickles out it seems like it will take forever to empty but then one day it’s just gone. I need to constantly remind myself to be mindful to soak in the sands of time I do get to spend with my son before he grows up, which now seem to be fleeting faster each day. While I do pause often to marvel at how much he’s grown or how much he’s changed I want to be more intentional about the way I spend the time I have with him. Saturday offered us a chance to reconnect as a family, with all of us healthy again, and enjoy the Southern California sunshine with absolutely no agenda. I just loved how it turned out.
We started the day with a game of catch at the park.
Luke had a few nice grabs.
It was so nice to have Jeff back and feeling better. He had been sick with the flu since we got back from Missouri.
Next stop was our favorite bookstore. Barnes and Noble in Calabassas.
I spy a family
We followed up with brunch at Marmalade. The granola pancakes are such a treat.
Last stop – Lolli and Pops for some afternoon sweets