Monday, March 28, 2011

Why together.

This weekend we took our first family overnight trip to Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The trip was for my husband and my annual anniversary get-away, but this year, the trip was designed around a certain little guy in our lives. 

We went with the hopes of really getting out there and spending time together, doing something that Ethan would love....playing. The message in the Toddler Trails section at Port Discovery read something like "Playing together not only instills a sense of togetherness, but confidence." Important stuff!!

I don't think enough can be said about this type of quality time, and my hope is that it becomes the essence of this blog. I've said it before, I'm a full-time working mom. (Although, never undervalue a good daycare learning center for additional opportunities to learn, grow, and interact!) We move through our days in a delicate balance of time together, time for the daily grind, time for ourselves, time to learn, and time to spend with our friends and family. Most times, it's really hard to divvy up that time...

Ultimately, what this means for us is that our time together is more rare and valuable. It means that we need to use our time together wisely, and it needs to be fun for everyone!~ (without being a burden--even financially) The payoff is huge, and is so incredibly evident.

As I was changing Ethan in the restroom, showering him with please and thank you, a mother next to me was telling her young child to shut up; I was reminded of just how fragile that time can be.

Getting off my soapbox for the evening, I hope to journal some of the creative ways in which we craft play together as a family in hopes of sharing what we think are some fantastic opportunities for play, learning, and development. 

I'm always on the hunt for new and exciting things to do, and I can't wait to share the fun that we had in Baltimore in my upcoming posts! (and hopefully some of the great simple craft ideas we had while we were there!) 

Thanks for reading! (and listening!)


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