Having young children tends to take some of the spontaneity out of things. We are constantly thinking about feeding schedules, bed times, and the overall mood of the kids. While a schedule is absolutely amazing for kids (I’m a HUGE advocate of this), doing things for the heck of it and just for fun is extremely needed as well. We took a little lesson from our own playbook this past Sunday and did just that – had a spontaneous trip to the beach!
We were on our way home around 5pm on Sunday from the grocery, and from the backseat came a request to go to the beach. Grant loves the beach and we hadn’t been since the week before Davis was born – 3 whole months! Marcus looked at me and said how funny it would be if we actually went. I looked back at him and said hey, why not?! Let’s do it!
We went home, unloaded all the groceries, and then reloaded the car with our bare essentials for the beach – swimsuits, towels and snacks. We took the 30 minute drive over and set up shop for an hour! We didn’t plan dinner or what we would do when we actually got there. We just went!
As funny as it may sound, this was a huge breakthrough for us! It’s so easy to get caught up in the reasons you shouldn’t do something, no matter what you may be referring to. For us, a simple impromptu trip to the beach was extremely exhilarating and was just what we needed. Kids are absolutely amazing but being tied to a schedule isn’t always the best. Having just a few hours to just simply go and not be worried about bed time, when the baby needed to eat next or why we shouldn’t go was amazing. It was also Davis’ first beach day, which made it that much more special!
Our little trip was an awesome reminder that not everything has to be planned to a T to be fun. Throwing a schedule out the window can be good for the soul every now and then!