I have always been an on the go girl, ever since I can remember I have been raising from one thing to the next.  As a kid I played multiple sports that often times left me with morning practice, school, during school practice, after school practice, then straight to homework, followed by bed, and repeat. From there I went to college, where being an athlete, my days were totally scheduled out so it was only natural that I would transition into adulthood with the same expectations.  This year I finally hit the wall and complete burn out as Corporate America had me up at 5:15, racing to get ready before the kids were up by 6:15, out the door by 6:45 to make it to work by 7 while my husband Ian raced the kids to daycare.  I would work a full 10 hours, frequently eating at my desk so I could keep working, leave at 5, race to get the kids by 5:30 so they weren’t the last ones at school (because that just makes my mama heart hurt).  Home by 6, make dinner, baths, books, teeth brushed, kids in bed by 7, followed by laundry, lunches, and whatever else needed to be done.  RAT RACE HELL!  It was legit awful and I had even been fortunate enough to adjust my schedule when Charlie was born to only work M,W,F and have T,TH home with the littles and we were still drowning.

But my point of this is the art of relaxation was lost on me, and for the most part still is.  I legit can’t remember the last full movie I watched as the idea of sitting still for 2 hours overwhelms me. But with that said, the older I get I am realizing more and more the importance of slowing down, leaving time and space for what may be, and the importance of not doing it all.  Lately I’ve been slowing down with the kids.  I leave the days they are out of daycare open for the most part and it’s been amazing watching them grow, entertain themselves, play together, and use their imaginations. Kids are so creative when we give them the space to be, when we stop trying to entertain them, and simply follow their lead.  The stories Charlie tells Jett and the games they play together when I step out and give them the space to do so always amazes me.  Here is a little of what we have been up to around here….

Charlie Rowan Designs The Art of Doing Nothing

Lately we’ve been packing a lunch and heading to Wheeler Farm, which is an amazing little farm here in the city and get this it’s FREE! Like what is even free these days???  But my kids love it, Charlie is obsessed with picnics, Jett is equally obsessed with chasing the geese and ducks, yelling “duck” as loud as he can….which often times doesn’t sound quite like duck!  We literally take 30 minutes and visit all the animals then find a spot on the lawn, eat lunch, race to the trees, play hide and seek (which is hilarious with a 3 year old and 1 year old) and explore.  It is the BEST!

Charlie Rowan Designs The Art of Doing Nothing

Charlie showing Jett the bird hiding in the tree.  I love how she takes his hand and says “come here Jett, I’ll show you….right there Jett…isn’t that cool?!?!”  The way she talks to him and takes care of him…I can’t even!

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Charlie Rowan Designs The Art of Doing Nothing

Jett taking all of the babies to the park.  Which Charlie obviously directs and determines where the exact park location is.  Whenever Charlie puts her witch costume on she insists that Jett put on the witch hat, which he has no problem with, and then proceeded to call him her “Wizard”!!  Jett also refuses to take shoes and jackets off when indoors…to help explain the outfit situation he has going on.

Charlie Rowan Designs The Art of Doing Nothing

Babies taking a nap at the Park, which translated into no one being aloud to talk for a solid 20 minutes…I was all about this game!

And there you have it, a bit of our lives as of late.  Have a great week everyone!

Xx- Ryann