Last week some very kind friends stayed at our place and kept us company for a few days (I have just finished up a 2 week stint of solo parenting- what a relief!). We were swept away by the excitement and chaos, meal preparations, clean-ups and late nights and at the end of it all I felt a bit too disconnected from my littles. But what was I to do- there was still work to be done: messes to tidy, fruit to be stewed, ice cream to be made (yes, this is a priority!) and laundry to hang and fold. At the last minute I asked our lovely babysitter if she could come by for a few hours one morning and chip away at my 'to do' list while I took the children on a bushwalk.
Perfection. Mama wasn't stressing about dinner prep, laundry or cleaning and the four of us enjoyed a blissful morning taking in tall trees, observing buzzing bees and collecting rocks, feathers and gumnuts along the way. After our walk we laid out a picnic blanket, soaked up some sun and enjoyed a few moments together in silence. It was just exactly what all of us needed and I was so very grateful for those moments of presence together.