We recently returned from a long vacation. We dropped youngest son off to college, visited with relatives on both sides of the family, enjoyed three national parks (and a national monument), and watched fireworks light up the sky over the Pacific Ocean. What was my favorite memory? I'm going with a cop-out answer, but it's true: I loved spending time together. We had a blast taking this photo of us in a tree at one of the campgrounds. (When's the last time you climbed a tree?!) We learned that our youngest daughter has an uncanny knack of being able to correctly pick--every single time--which air mattress will stay inflated throughout the night. (Hint: It isn't the parents'!) We played Phase 10 nearly every day. We laughed and talked and laughed some more.
I'm slowly getting back into a "normal" routine, whatever that is, but am hoping I can keep the relaxed vacation feeling. Just tonight, though, instead of saying "yes" to a Phase 10 game, I declined, citing my to-do list. Arghhhh.....as if laundry, dishes, and Phase 10 are mutually exclusive!
I need to remember: Say yes to fun! I tend to focus too much on the first part of this sentence from The Family: A Proclamation to the World, and not enough on the last part: "Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities." I've got to remember to look beyond work. :-)
OK, please tell me I'm not the only one out there that struggles with this...and then tell me your ideas on how you say yes to fun!