Today was family day in the Rodriguez house. The four of us spent the day together, all day, just us.
We started the day with breakfast, well, brunch if you consider it was around noon. Grandma stayed with us last night, so Matt and I were extremely lucky to be able to sleep in for once! (Good thing because Annabelle decided to get up and play for an hour around 6am–a nap was much needed!) I made chocolate chip pancakes– yes you read that right, I COOKED– and we all started our day together around the table with a treat.
By this time, Annabelle was ready for her nap. Mateo sent Lilu and I off to the salon for pedicures, something I haven’t spoiled myself with since I quit my job. What a relaxing hour! Lilu had brought an American Girl book (yes, our six year old wanted to READ at the salon) and she was so cute sitting next to me quietly immersed in her new chapter book, occasionally giggling when her feet were tickled. I even let her pick my nail color– metallic lime green– because, why not?
When we returned home, Annabelle was up and ready to go, so we headed off to the mall to get Lilu’s bangs trimmed and a new dress for school picture day this week. Nothing too exciting, but so much fun for the four of us to be together. I gave Lilu a few options from Gap Kids– great sales going on– and she asked if she could try them on. Grandma usually buys most of the girls’ clothes– it is just something she loves to do– so Lilu never gets to choose. This was probably the first time she’s been in a changing room for herself, and she WORKED it! She transformed into a little diva, twirling and posing. In the end she didn’t really care which dress I picked, it was modeling them that was the fun part.
Before we headed back to the car, Lilu pleaded to stop in Barnes and Noble. How do you say no to a kid that begs to go to the bookstore?? Even Annabelle has developed a love of books (I never believed babies would sit still for a story, but she is fascinated and knows which ones are hers.) We let Lilu pick out a new adventure in the Frozen saga (of course they are still milking this thing) and got Annabelle a new peek-a-boo book since she can actually lift the flaps herself, and delights in doing so.
There are so many things that can make it difficult for us to spend an entire day together as a family: school, work, naps, Lilu’s weekends with her mom. It is so easy to get caught up in life that you forget to slow down and just enjoy it and the people that are most important. Today was such a simple day, but it was one of the best I’ve had in a while. Kids want nothing more that to just BE with their family, and honestly, there is nowhere else I would rather be either.