What I Did Instead

by Stefani on 1-June-2009

It was silly of me really, to make a list. 

I mean you know and I know that a list in the life of a mama is seriously laughable. Nothing ever goes according to plan, does it? 

I didn't get all our closets organized… but I did get the house pretty clean and all the winter clothes out of the master bedroom closet. And that helps. A lot. 

I didn't read a book…. but we did go to dinner at the home of some really great friends. We ate ourselves silly. The kids ran around like wild things, and the grownups talked well into the night. That's as good as story as any. 


I didn't watch a movie… but my kids discovered that we can watch Survivorman instantly on Netflix. As much as it was NOT the kind of flick I was hoping for, in fact it's kind of the complete OPPOSITE of a sweet, homey, girly movie, I have to admit I kind of dig that show. 

I did not get that little sewing project out of my dreams and into reality… but I did go on a long drive with my oldest, our resident farmer/lepidopterist, to a butterfly farm. The look on his face when he entered a green house FILLED with butterflies, well that was SO worth the sewing machine gathering just a little more dust. 

Butterfly Man

As for making something delicious… well it wasn't quite what I envisioned, but we DID make homemade pizza and then we ate it standing up, gathered around a repurposed fish tank, watching one of our Gulf Fritillary butterflies emerge from its chrysalis.

Gulf Fritillary (undersides)

Good enough. 

So, it wasn't what I planned at all, but it was a weekend full of inspiration, wonder, good friends and good times. Come to think of it, that's a pretty great list. 

I hope your weekend and the week ahead are full of every good thing. 


You can see more photos of our Gulf Fritillaries and read all about them at the Magnifying Glass
Jade June 1, 2009 at 7:42 am

sounds like the perfect weekend to me!

BOATBABY June 1, 2009 at 7:43 am

It’s great that you can let go and appreciate the moment!
Pizza and butterflies sounds perfect to me!

maya June 1, 2009 at 8:30 am

that sounds like the complete & perfect weekend to me.

heather jane June 1, 2009 at 9:16 am

Good enough? It sounds better than that. Yes, pretty perfect indeed.

our little love nest June 1, 2009 at 9:27 am

Sounds perfect, especially the dinner butterfly entertainment!

Myrnie June 1, 2009 at 1:03 pm

What a lovely weekend 🙂

Relyn June 1, 2009 at 1:44 pm

I love that you aren’t a glass half full kind of girl. You are a glass overflowing, where’s the mop? kind of girl. I love it!

Elissa June 1, 2009 at 3:03 pm

i like that you did this. have to admit i was a bit intimidated by your list, as i generally seem to not be able to “schedule” more than one planned activity a day (by which i mean i can either shower or i can pick up the living room or i can do laundry or i can sew, but i can’t do more than one of them!) oh, listing is SERIOUSLY laughable around here! BUT, sometimes, just to make myself feel better, i list the things i DID, not the things that need to be done. and that is just what you did! doesn’t if feel better that way? 😉

steadymom June 1, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Great job laying down “good” plans in order to find even “better” ones!

Our weekend was a little rough – sometimes a 6, 4.5 and 4 year old just don’t mix well – even when they’re siblings! But tomorrow is another day! =)


Julie Alvarez June 1, 2009 at 6:08 pm

A while ago, I wrote a post about the changing of plans that comes with parenting… I like that subject (not always easy subject).
Here it is:

darlene June 1, 2009 at 11:33 pm

for not being what you planned, it sounds perfect! butterfly farm? i would love to see that!

barbara June 2, 2009 at 2:48 am

sounds like a wonderful weekend. i love that photo of the butterfly.

Stefani June 2, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Well I think I’d go completely insane if I didn’t learn to just roll with it and take the blessings as they come, you know?

Stefani June 2, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Well there’s definitely some mopping to be done… that’s for sure!

Stefani June 2, 2009 at 12:20 pm

I think you are so right.
And you know what? That’s just what I do for their schoolwork too. I get so frustrated if I try to PLAN and list what we are going to study. We do much better if I just take lots of notes along the way about all the discovers and things we are learning and questions we have. It’s much better to build a list as you go than to try to check one off!

Stefani June 2, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Oh I hear that!
My oldest has gotten a little big for his britches and has been parenting the other two lately. Needless to say, they don’t much care for it 🙂 It’s been a real blast.

Stefani June 2, 2009 at 12:21 pm

I can’t find the link!
Can you send it to me or post it?
I kinda like that subject too and would love to read your thoughts!

Stefani June 2, 2009 at 12:22 pm

It was very moving… and now my oldest is doing his darndest to recreate it in our backyard. He’s pretty ambitious!

Treemama June 3, 2009 at 3:48 pm

what is it they say about best laid plans?

Tracy June 8, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Survivorman is the best! I loved that show!

katie September 5, 2009 at 12:07 pm

LOVE YOUR PICS…LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! fellow homeschooler=)

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