i had a tough time with this post. the issue is: i don't really PLAY.
don't get me wrong... i really believe that when i play with others, i DO it well. it's just that throughout the weekend (most weekends, actually), i found that i was doing so many things that HAVE TO BE DONE, and not leaving enough time to play.
there are PLAY dates on my calendar: i'm going to a murder mystery dinner party, a mad tea party, we're going to the annual Spring Festival/Chili Cook-off in town this weekend, i'm heading up to D.C. for a conference (that will involve a lot of playing, too.) it seems that if it's not written on the calendar, if it's not a big deal, then sadly, playing falls by the wayside for me.
instead, i'm catching up on the week's housework that just didn't get done, spring cleaning, harping on matty & jack as i follow them around picking up stuff. oof - not a lot of time or energy left over for playing. when i do find a moment, i play with my family, my husband and son who are always ready, willing & able. but, do i ever really just let myself go, not a care in the world?
case in point - picture one
have you ever seen someone trying so hard to look like they're having fun?!? as you can see, i am totally pre-occupied with how the picture will turn out. i literally had to run with the boys outside to take this photo last night while dinner was cooking. "come on, let's stand around jack's bike. look like you're having fun! we're playing..."
ok - take two
better! as you can see, i was able to lighten up a bit for this one. but geesh, would it kill me to just LET GO!!
my takeaway from this challenge is that i've got to make more of an effort to just. have. fun. whenever & wherever. there just has to be more PLAYing going on around here!! did anyone else find they struggle with being able to relax and play?
because, really? i want to look like THIS a lot more!