We just unpacked from a long weekend in Cincinnati with some of the very best people. I remember moving to Findlay, after only ten short months in Cincy, and just hoping we’d keep up the friendships we made there. Making friends as married couples is hard (another post for another day) but add kids to the mix, and finding families that just work with yours is even more of a challenge. Two years and two kids later, we gladly sacrifice a bit of our sanity every couple of months to put five kids under one roof.
While the husbands were off golfing Saturday afternoon we had a messy little play date that all the tiny ones loved (ages 1 to 4 and the babies were content to watch). Per a friend’s suggestion, Lincoln has been having lots of fun with creamy crayons this last week but I couldn’t find any at Target in Cincinnati so I picked up some washable window crayons instead. The kids loved getting to make a mess on something they otherwise aren’t allowed to draw on and I loved sneaking out back to watch their concentrated faces through the glass as they colored.
The moms alternated between chatting about motherhood and wiping down the windows with WaterWipes to give the kids more surface area to color. Casey and I have been talking a lot about how “done is better than perfect,” and it has really been hitting home lately. So often I wait until I have time to do something perfectly to do it at all…and most of the time that means it never gets done. Whether it’s printing Lincoln’s baby pictures into a book or getting around to the craft I planned, I need to remember that done is almost always better than perfect.
We finished off the afternoon with a treat for the little ones (because I was saving room for post rock-climbing ice cream later that night) and I’m already counting down the weeks ’till we can do it all over again. Although maybe this time we’ll color on the outside of the windows instead 😉
^So much concentration 😛
^One of my favorite parts of visiting friends is watching Lincoln interact with their older kids
^I wiped down everything with WaterWipes which made keeping it clean pretty easy. I really love that these are chemical free baby wipes (with only two ingredients: 99.9% pure water and .1% grapefruit seed extract) so I’m comfortable using them on Linc’s face and Adelaide’s newborn skin. I use them for everything from diaper changes to runny noses and we have some in almost every room of the house at this point.