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Every time I sit down to write, I tell myself I won’t mention how packed our schedule has been lately. Don’t do it, Brittany. But really, aren’t things nuts right now? I know it’s not just me. Everyone is doing the same balancing dance I am, so I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that I’m craving a slow down.
Honestly, I can tell the girls are too. We don’t wear “over scheduled” well and it shows in increased whining and sass. From all three of us. Though we are so close to the point when we can ease into summer, we aren’t quite there yet, so I am mandating some mental health moments to help get us through.
That’s one of my favorite things about being mom- having the choice to make adjustments as we need them. And we needed it. Lucky for me, the clouds darkened in the afternoon and I felt it was God’s way of telling me, yeah girl, take that break.
Once I saw the first raindrop fall, I called the girls together and declared it a snuggle day.
The moment the words hit their ears, they both lit up. Getting to be the one to create that look on their faces never gets old. They ran to get jammies and then straight to the bathtub. By now we all know the routine.
Early baths, brush hair, cover the couch, pop the corn, commence movie watching snuggle fest. Popcorn has become so intricately tied to our snuggle days that when I pop it any other time, they’ll run straight to get jammies. My sweet little Pavlov pups.
We love popcorn around here. I’ve played with the idea of getting an air popper but I don’t think my cabinets can hold even one more gadget. I pop in stove top sometimes, but it’s tough to beat the convenience of microwave popcorn for when you just don’t want to wash another pot and the previews are already rolling.
It is made with just four simple ingredients: butter, sea salt, non-GMO popcorn and oil.
It pops up perfectly in my microwave in just two minutes and tastes just like stove top. Though we love it simply because it tastes fresh and airy, it’s actually a healthy snack too. It’s gluten-free, rich in fiber and whole grains with only 35 calories per cup.
But like I said, what matters most? Tasty!
Recently when Hailey was asked at school what her favorite thing to do with mom was, snuggling on the couch was her answer.
It warms my mama heart to think that these snuggle days may be memories that they hold onto for years to come, just like sock fights and backwards dinners from my own childhood.
And though there are always things needed to be done, I’ve realized that it’s just that: there are always things that are going to be needed to be done. So instead of taking off to the office, I throw on my super sexy mom robe and indulge in a little popcorn eating and movie watching too, with one girl tucked under each arm.
I’m looking forward to the slower pace of summer and hopefully a few stormy afternoons too. Just to make sure we’re covered, the pantry is stocked with JOLLY TIME Simply Popped and Netflix is loaded and ready.
How do you slow things down when the craziness of your schedule feels like too much?
What special traditions are you creating with your kids?
Do you have any that you remember from your own childhood?