More Time for What Matters

I first started this blog after making a plan for the next 18 years of family vacations. I am a list-maker and I embrace it… and thankfully Rob (my husband) rolls with it! I basically have us traveling the US, starting closest to home and then moving further out and eventually out of country, as the kids reach their teens. Our trip for 2020 is Hawaii and we decided this would be the perfect trip to include my parents on. Traveling is my favorite thing and to share this with my dad and mom will make memories of a lifetime for all of us.

We decided that we would reveal the surprise as a present to my dad for his birthday though it is really a gift to both of them. May is a crazy busy month in our family so in order to be excited about planning this luau dinner party, I needed to keep it simple (which is not always my strong suit). Instead of going DIY crazy on the decor and food we went with a couple decorations from Hobby Lobby and ordered dinner from Ono Hawaiian Barbeque to be delivered by Door Dash!

I was going to enjoy this birthday party with my dad, not stress in the kitchen trying to replicate a recipe I found on Pinterest the week before. I used to try to do it all, and though I felt accomplished checking off the very long list, it didn’t bring me joy. Out of necessity and in an attempt to survive we’ve been in K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid) mode all month. But it has occurred to me that accepting my limitations has set me free. As crazy as this month has been, I’ve actually been enjoying it! I’m learning to embrace what I love and let go of what I don’t. Planning is my thing… crafting isn’t. I enjoy hosting but don’t really dig cooking. It feels so good to do what works for me! Does it make for a Pinterest-worthy photoshoot? Nope. Do I have any recipes to share? Not so much. My point is, do what makes you happy and let the rest of it go! Forget about the Joneses. Don’t keep up, just find your joy.Time with my family and traveling are the things that bring me joy. I’m becoming more and more aware of how quickly time passes so I’m going to be more intentional with my time and allow myself to let go of the stuff that doesn’t matter to me. So that means, more trips and time with loved ones! (Sidenote: Bridget is really into crossing her eyes these days, so this is the best picture we could get 😂🤷‍♀️)One of the highlights of the evening was the indoor piñata (because it was pouring rain) that revealed the gift/trip.

So these pics aren’t meant to inspire a table layout for your next luau or give you gift or trip ideas, just find what makes you happy and fill your days with more of it!

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