Sometimes field trips are to further explore a topic you've been covering at school. Sometimes, field trips are taken with friends to enjoy some homeschooling socialization. Other times, Mom decides that it's just time for fun.
Ready for Fun on Purpose
Our lives have been very hectic over the past few months. As a military family, we live our lives in a state of ready. We're ready for Adam to leave for training, for school, for a trip, for a deployment. When he's home, we know that our time is precious and not guaranteed. Some of his time away is scheduled far in advance, other times his absence comes with a little less notification. In the past several months, he's had different opportunities to sharpen his job skills. As a result, I don't think that we have taken enough time for fun on purpose.
Today, this mom is being a fun mom. I pulled out our Kids Love The Carolinas book and did a little exploring. In the two years we've been in North Carolina, we've never visited Durham. That ends today. We're heading up to the Museum of Life & Science and checking out Elmo's Diner afterwards. And if Jax can handle it, we'll finally be stopping by a place I've very much wanted to visit--The Scrap Exchange.
Unplugged to Plugged In
We're going to play, we're going to laugh, we're going to learn. I'm going to leave my phone in my purse, only taking it out for photos. I'm committing to day of being unplugged from social media and plugged into the day with my sons. At the end of the day, I want the memory to be that we had fun together. I want them to know that while it can be tough to be a military family and it's really hard to be away from Dad, we are a family full of love. Sometimes, love is enough. And really fun, impromptu field trips are pretty awesome, too!