today was a fairly run-of-the-mill saturday in our house. with the exception of taking the big to get his stitches removed (which hopefully does not become a normal part of life around here), we did the sorts of things we usually do- woke up slow, watched some tv, made family french toast for breakfast. the little napped earlier than usual because the trauma of his brother leaving the house without him to go to the doctor was too much to bear, but it worked out well because once he woke up (and i got him sitting at the table long enough to eat), we were able to head out to visit my parents for the afternoon- something we're thankfully able to do every other week or so.
what i liked most about today was that it was an excellent reminder that there's quite a bit of magic to be found in ordinary days. there's the mood transforming magic of sitting down and eating a meal with family. there's magic in exploring in mimi and grandaddy's light-filled backyard, and there's certainly a special, quiet sort of magic in winding down for the evening on the couch with daddy.
some days, i feel guilty for how many of our days boil down to being the same thing done over again. i feel like i should be providing experiences and for my children, to introduce them to as many corners of the world as we can get to while they're still little and learning- but then we have days like this where the sameness is what makes the day beautiful. living life on repeat gives you the chance to get it right, to try again, to really look for the new and different while surrounded by the safety of the familiar.
in a few weeks, we'll be stepping out of our routine and taking a vacation that is new and different, and i'm so excited for all that trip will bring. but, for now, i'm letting myself lean in to living within our world of repetition and predictability. i'm learning to embrace the opportunities that sameness brings, and i'm thankful that this is where we are right now. i wouldn't have it any other way <3