if there is one thing our family loves to do together, it’s play. josh and i talk at length every night after we tuck the kids in bed about what incredible imaginations and minds our kiddos have. kids at this age are just so incredible! the sky is the limit when it comes to what is possible, and they aren’t inhibited by fear or social pressures or norms or the world just yet. as an adult, i feel like there is so much i am learning (or re-learning) when i am around them. it reminds me of this podcast i listened to years ago (i wish i could find it online for you! i just tried, something about the unusual uses test, but no luck…) anyway, this podcast was about a study where they gave an adult a brick and asked them to think of all the things it could be. the adult on average thought of maybe 4 or 5 things. then they did the same thing with children, and the child thought of two or three times as many things as the adult did (i don’t remember the exact numbers but it was insane how creative and intuitive some of the things they believed the brick to be were. things that made sense and were possible, but that you’d never even think of because you just don’t think like that anymore!)
something i struggle with daily, is that guilt of accidentally passing down my own personal hesitations or limits onto my children. i know there is only so much you can do, but i can see how it can and does happen, and tampering with my kids creative and special spirits always freak me out. we are all just so different, and then each child is so different, and then we’ve lived life a little already, so you want to warn them, or give them a heads up, but also, not too much of a heads up… they have to figure it out themselves or they’ll never learn right?! and i’ve read a dozen parenting books in the last few years, and so many contradict one another, as well as me being raised one way and my husband being raised another… it’s like, how do you really know?! what’s the right method?! how much of this and how little of that?!
i’m digressing, but what i’m trying to get at, is that despite not having all the answers and being a first time parent who makes a lot of mistakes (but also, i do feel like i’ve had a couple of really great triumphs under my belt too), i’m just thankful for those moments where we can get on the floor together in the middle of the day or at night before bed (or even in the early morning when i wish i was sleeping), and let my kids take the lead, and play. i just think it’s so important, and i see how it builds and shapes them, especially when i step aside and don’t interfere… but just follow their creative concepts and ideas. help where i’m needed by grabbing all the (safe) kitchen tools to use as swords or instruments, or helping to hang the sheets up a little higher to make a fort or castle wall, and sometimes just biting my tongue when the messes seem to be getting bigger because they are so engrossed in their pretend farm or pet store or castle at the moment, as well as bite my tongue when i am type casted yet again as the horse who must prance all around the apartment with the princess or knight on her back (i really need to invest in knee pads). i am thankful for the energy and spirit their imaginations bring into our home. and i will try my hardest to not just be supportive and loving, but to always be ready to get down beside them and play.
here are a few photos from some play that took place last saturday afternoon. we had all just gotten home from being out most of the day, and gravitated towards the nursery together to play. within maybe a half hour of playing, i had to run and grab my camera from the other room because this sort of playtime together was so fun (and funny), i needed to make sure i captured a little bit of it. …
while i was in nashville a few weeks ago, i found this pretty princess dress for eleanor as she’s just gotten into the whole princess thing this past month or so after being invited to a friend’s birthday party that was having a fairy princess tea party theme. what i love about the whole ordeal though, is that she’s a princess that always wears her sword (sword being a kitchen tool from our blender) which she belted around herself all on her own! i already mentioned this on my instagram, but my girlfriend lizzie said when she saw that, “she’s a princess, but she’s no damsel in distress! she’s gonna take care of things herself!” it’s true! and i just love love love that about my little eleanor.
this knight in shining armor was actually a “robot knight” and a “dog knight” while we were playing on this day! hilarious. but so so good at never breaking character and always talking like a robot or barking like a dog the entire time and sticking to his role through and through.
high up on her balcony, addressing the kingdom!
declaring a need for a new knight! a special knight! a knight to help her fight and reclaim her kingdom from bad guys!” (she then called out “josh davis” from the crowd of people below! (it was absolutely darling to see her think to single out her papa for the task! a very good call, eleanor.)
and he stood so quickly from his seat in the crowd, ready for the mission!
being “knighted.” (is there a proper way to say that?!”)
always type-casted as the goat or horse or dog, or something like that. whatever. i think it’s my kids way of telling me they think i’m super strong! ;)
after wearing rubber bands on her wrists the past few weeks, i couldn’t help but buy these cute little bracelets for eleanor the other day when i saw them (here and here). she told me the watermelon is her favorite part. :)
trading characters for a moment! we now have a robot horse! and conrad’s turn to be the knight!
one of the best parts of their play, is when one of them gets “pretend hurt.” eleanor and samson (and i imagine conrad at some point soon) so quickly rush to their side to help them back to health. it’s always my favorite part, to see them take care of each other.
conrad usually is on music duty when there needs to be a parade or procession. ;)
if you’re running low on pretend swords in your home, a snorkel usually does the trick!
such a broken record at this point in my life, but i just love being their mother. and am thankful (about 98% of the time) for this tiring and exhausting and challenging chapter of life.
have a wonderful weekend, friends! i hope it’s full of lots of play, no matter how old you are or whatever chapter of life you might be in!