We’ve been in the “we just had a baby/have a young baby, so we better stay home” mindset for, oh, over 2 years now. But a couple of weeks ago, we took a chance and went somewhere as a family that was purely an optional thing. Like we weren’t going to someone’s house for a family dinner. And we weren’t on our way to church. We just decided that “hey, I don’t think it’d be too bad for all 4 of us to go out, so let’s see how this goes.”
And it went really, really well! Stephen’s dropping his morning nap most days, so we’ve kind of learned that going out in the morning work out okay. In the last two weeks, we’ve started venturing out more and more, just to do fun things. It hasn’t been without some tears, but they’ve all been manageable!
In particular, last weekend, we went to Mahoney State Park since Jeff’s company was having its company picnic out there. We ate lunch and then went to the Activity Center — so much fun! It only costs $2/person (and kids 2 and under are free), but it was free to us that day because Jeff’s company picked up the tab. They have a huge kid’s indoor playground — like the kind at McDonald’s or Chic-Fil-A. But…it’s 3 stories tall! We left after 90 minutes, but Phinehas would’ve stayed if he could have. He loved it! Which is not surprising because he climbs everything! Really, everything.
Since the revelation that getting out isn’t so tough, I enjoy getting out more for a few reasons:
- It’s just fun to make memories! Even if they boys don’t remember, we will.
- It’s an easy opportunity to play with our kids. Playing is a kid’s love language.
- It provides good opportunities to help Finn become more obedient and, yet, independent. Letting him walk by himself (as long as he stays close) — that kind of thing.
- It builds skills that normally can’t be taught at home – like meeting people and climbing onto big ropes and taking turns.
- It builds camaraderie. Yeah, our kids won’t remember these days 20 years from now. But there is something good and right about sharing fun experiences that helps bond people (including parents and kids) together. So helpful for those moments where we do have to correct.
I still really like us being at home — I’m still a ‘home body’. I don’t like always having something to do. But getting out of the house all together for a couple of hours a week has been a lot of fun lately!