I took time this weekend to rest. It proved to be an eventful weekend just the same. My children both learned how to ride their bikes without training wheels.
That's them, the next morning. They were excited to show off their skills. Since they were entertained by riding their bikes and the newfound freedom of doing so without training wheels, it allowed me to rest.
In fact, on Friday night, when they learned how to ride their bikes without training wheels for the first time, I was actually laying in bed resting. And as much as I wanted to share in their joy of this adventure, I told them that I would be happy to watch them on Saturday morning.
By 7:00 on Saturday morning, my little guy said, "Mom, you told me you'd watch me ride my bike."
Once I was dressed, I went outside and watched him. I praised him. It's a pretty big accomplishment for them both. I shot a video of them.
And then I ran some errands and watched them swing the door shut numerous times over the weekend while they went on their new adventure - and I watched TV and read, fully embracing a weekend of low expectations and restful periods.
I find it hard to make myself rest. I know it's necessary. I know it's important. But, I've been chasing my children around for almost nine years and this is a weird place for me. They're growing up and I don't need to be with them every single second, which means I might be able to rest just a little.
Let me know what your favorite restful activities are in the comments.
Brandi Parsons is a freelance writer, book blogger, mom, educator, and authorpreneur. Her first book, Kidnapped Asylum, is now available as an ebook. She is currently working on her first nonfiction book, 10,000 Messages: How to Reach Inbox Zero in an Infinite Messaging World. If you're interested in Brandi's freelance services or to receive exclusive updates about her upcoming books, contact her here.