A Weekend Getaway
This past weekend was exactly what I needed. After running around all week like a chicken, (possibly without a head), we packed up and left to Lead, South Dakota. A magical place. It felt like we were in a scene of "Frozen".
My highlight from the weekend is simple. Relaxing and bonding. Kids bonded with their cousins and Vitaly and I finally had some time to finish those rushed conversations. We spent quality time with our parents, and my sister and brother Serge and Irene. We are grateful for all of them. Huge shout out to Irene who, in addition to doing so much, made the best homemade M&M pancakes and Serge who made latte's for us on demand.
If I learned anything this weekend, its to take small breaks often. Something I am not good at. How do I take the endless list of "to do's" and accomplish it without being overwhelmed? And then I was reminded of these words...
“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what’s important.”- Iain Thomas.
These words gets me every time. This quote is so hard for me to swallow. Setting boundaries is something I struggle with. How do I learn to focus on the things that really matter, those eternal things, and let the other insignificant things go? How do I plan better to avoid stretching myself too thin? I don't have it figured out yet. However, I am on a mission unlike ever before to figure out who I am, what I was created for, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, to do it in a way where I remember to stop and enjoy the process.
Hope you enjoy the these snaps of our trip. Zion had the best time skiing for the first time with his cousins, Matt and Grace. And as you can see, eating a lot of snow. Chloe and Levi had their own version of fun in a massive home, surrounded by a ton of taxidermy. Meanwhile, Vitaly and I enjoyed skiing down the bunny hill and then attempting tackling the intermediate ones. Lets just say that we brought home some bruises as souvenirs.
Whether its a nap-time, a shower, a rare split-second in the morning when you wake up before the kids- I want to learn to enjoy it all. Or maybe it is that nice long weekend away from our natural habitat- I want to take it all in. I have not mastered it. But this weekend, I got pretty close.