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When I woke up yesterday my four year old daughter turned to me and said, “Today we are going to go somewhere to get some ice cream and then we can come home and blow bubbles. Does that sound good Mommy?” and I thought to myself, “Ahh, to be four again!

I shared this thought on my Facebook wall and others seemed to agree that Lily’s idea was right on, so I got to thinking – yea, why not?! – and so my Tuesday became #OperationIceCream&Bubbles.  Of course there were things that still needed done at home, but once we had lunch we set off to town with our goal in our sight and we took it down with lightening precision!

I’m not sure about you, but it’s been a while since I did something like this.  I take the kids to the park, we go see movies and do other special things from time to time, but I can’t remember the last time I used their imagination to form our day (if ever!).  It was a rewarding experience and I look forward to doing it again soon.  We had a lot of fun and it’s a day I won’t soon forget – and I’m sure the girls won’t either.  And you know what? I think there for a while, I did feel four again!

I have to admit, I don’t always remember how to interact with my children – as children – but when I make the effort it really pays off.  I love how much they teach me!

What are some of your favorite things to do with your children and how do you stay on top of remembering how it is to ‘be a kid’?

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  • Fantastic! I can’t wait until DD is a little older and we can have special days like this. Those sort of memories stay with you growing up. 🙂

  • I love to sing and play instruments or dance with my little guy. We just act silly and enjoy each other’s company…definitely makes me forget all my grown up tasks:-)

  • For every season I write a list of fun things to do on a big piece of posterboard and put it on our pantry door. I am a to-do-list person and this list helps me focus on fun and not let time just slip by…

  • Yes, there are always going to be things to do at home, but they are only the age they are now ONE time. Mine are now 7, 10, and 13 and I look back wondering where all the time went. Making memories is what it’s all about! ♥

  • That sounds like great fun. My littles are still pretty young to be able to do stuff like this (2.5 years old and 1 year old) but we try to do lots of littler fun things. My 2 year olds newest love is playing in the wading pool in our back yard, he LOVES it:)

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