Making The “Everyday” Special: Weekly Traditions

One of my favorite things to do are special little activities during the week with my girls. They aren’t extravagant, expensive, or over-the-top… just simple little things that make our everyday life a little more special. Watching our toddler wait with anticipation and get so excited over simple things makes my heart so happy. I’m a sucker for traditions… so, today I’m sharing our current Weekly Traditions with two kids under three. 🙂

Monday: MUFFIN DAY! This day is our grocery shopping day, which involves me dragging the kids to three different grocery stores in a 2-hour window between their naps. They’re usually good sports about the whole thing, but a $0.99 giant fresh-baked blueberry muffin from the second store’s bakery makes the entire morning a little easier and more enjoyable for everyone involved. 😉

Monday is Muffin Day!
Monday is Muffin Day!

Wednesday: PICNIC DAY! This day is the weekly local Farmer’s Market in our town, and we love packing a picnic dinner to enjoy as a family. We enjoy the free samples, the little petting zoo, and sometimes on a rare occasion a family-sized $2 snow-cone too (always Blue Raspberry flavored).

Wednesday is Picnic Day!
Wednesday is Picnic Day!
...and rainy Wednesdays call for picnics on the living room floor. ;)
…and rainy Wednesdays call for picnics on the living room floor. 😉
enjoying our little farmer's market.
enjoying our little farmer’s market.

Friday: SPECIAL TREAT DAY! It’s the weekend, and it’s time to celebrate! We don’t eat a lot of sugary stuff at our house, so this makes it extra special. We have learned that Dunkin Donuts sells two donuts for $0.99 total between 3-6 pm, and our goal is to pick out the most brightly-colored donuts they have… and the more sprinkles the better (because, duh!). Sometimes, we’ll have a $1 warm-and-gooey chocolate chip cookie from Chick-fil-a, but regardless… Friday means a special treat. 

sometimes we surprise Daddy and bring him a donut at work!
sometimes we surprise Daddy and bring him a donut at work!
blue frosting for days.
blue frosting for days.

Saturday: HOMEMADE WAFFLES DAY! For months now, we have been gathering in the kitchen on Saturday mornings to make homemade waffles…usually wild bed hair, coffee chugging, pajamas, and obnoxious singing is involved… and ALWAYS involved is the cutest three-year-old little helper who can just about handle the entire waffle-making process from start to finish now, and who ALWAYS insists on adding blue food coloring to the waffle batter. Always. Because, obviously, blue waffles are better than normal, boring waffles. Our Saturday morning tradition is one of my very favorites. ❤

the sweetest helper of all time.
the sweetest helper of all time.
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the “normal, boring waffle” makes a rare appearance. 😉
she talked us into adding chocolate chips to this batch.
she talked us into adding chocolate chips to this batch.
her famous blue waffles.
her famous blue waffles.

Going to the park or the library, enjoying a walk together, making homemade popsicles, painting pictures, dance parties in the living room, or pulling out a giant cardboard box and making a fort are also some other things we do.

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park time!
coloring in her fort.
coloring in her fort.
enjoying the fruit of her labor... homemade nutella popsicles!
enjoying the fruit of her labor… homemade nutella popsicles!
library fun.
library fun.
neighborhood walks go to a whole new level when you wear Easter hats.
neighborhood walks go to a whole new level when you wear Easter hats.
swing time!
swing time!
she has the best view in town when we take walks with Daddy.
walks with Daddy involve the best view in town.

Yes, our house can look disastrous, the laundry can pile up, and tempers can get short. But, my hope is that my kids look back once they’re grown and remember how we made the everyday special. I want to be PRESENT in their lives… I want to be on purpose. In all truth, most of the time I struggle just to wake up and get myself out of bed after 4 short hours of sleep… much less have a good attitude about hitting the ground running and caring for needy little people… but, making a conscious decision to be committed to each day (no matter how badly I failed the day before – I’m learning this is a key point) is something I’m working on. Here’s to making everyday special, mamas! ❤

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