Lately I've realized how easy it is to get lost in the day to day routine - make meals, pick up the house, run errands, go to the gym, do whatever kids' activity we're doing that day. A lot of the time we just "do" rather than enjoy.
While changing Carter's diaper this afternoon, I thought about when he last laughed. Had he laughed at all today? He smiled, that's for sure. But is that enough? We were half way through the day and even though we were just hanging out at home, we really hadn't had "fun". I kind of felt like a schmuck of a mom realizing this and decided that we needed to not only lighten up a bit, but we needed to have more fun.
So after getting him in a clean diaper and just about ready to go down for a nap, we spent a good few minutes with me tickling him and covering him in kisses. He laughed and giggled to hard he couldn't catch his breath. It was hysterical! With flushed pink cheeks, he was ready to take a nice, happy nap.
I came downstairs and cuddled on the couch with Logan, playing with the puppets he had us playing with last night. After a big hug, telling him how much I love him, he kisses me on the cheek "I love you too Mom". Thus commenced the cheek-kissing game of tag with lots of giggles.
My goal is to make sure my boys get a good laugh at least once a day. We need to.