Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Kind of Life We Want to Live

Building a family house is a big step for Matt and me. In order to recoup the money we're putting into it, we're going to have to live there as long as possible. We may possibly stay there for Henry's entire childhood. 

It's weird to think about our lives like that. It's weird to realize that Henry's entire childhood is going to fly by and, before we know it, he'll be an adult who is leaving the nest.

Thinking like this has definitely made me devote a few spare moments to brainstorming the kind of lives we want for our family. Here are some things that come to mind (this list includes Matt's ideas, too):
  • We want to have friends over for get-togethers a lot. We want to swim in the pool, hang out around the fire pit, and cook together around the giant kitchen island.
  • We want to have family rituals like pizza + movie night on Fridays (curled up on a gigantic sectional) and breakfast making on Saturday or Sunday morning. 
  • We want to take full advantage of Austin's nature: hiking, biking, kayaking, and swimming.
  • We want to honor our need for creativity: sewing, crafting, building, etc.
  • We also want to honor our need for quiet: reading, napping, writing, etc.
  • We want to do quick weekend trips to fun cities across the United States, so Matt can run races and the rest of the family can support him and take in the sights at a new place (we'll track these on our family map).
  • We want to go on an extended vacation every year.
  • And games! I can't forget games. We want to play lots of games.
Some of these ideas were included in our Family Mission Statement, but these things are more specific. I have to be careful not to spend so much time in the future that I'm not actually living life now. Some of these things will just be so much better when Henry is older. Plus, some of them require money that we just don't have right now. We'll be in a much better place when I'm working full-time again.

In the meantime, it's fun to think about!

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1 comment:

Rebekah said...

We, too, love to dream!

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