North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL


March 14, 2013

Danielle Cater: Make the most of these sunny days



After that not-so-relaxing fishing time, I decided to rest on the couch and regain the little composure I had left.

The next day we headed back to the realities of the real world and our real house, but not without a quick stop at the park for more fun in the sun, and then some ice cream with even more play time. All parents know the joys of the first sunny day of the year. The only problem is that we never know exactly how to dress children when the weather first turns. Of the four girls in our family, we had one with a pink tutu and tights, one with sweat pants, one with a workout skirt and high heels and one with shorts and fuzzy boots.

Yes, I let my babies dress themselves on fun, weekend days and no, I won’t repent of it. Kids have their own sense of style and they should be allowed to explore their fashion options. I wouldn’t let them wear that to school or church, necessarily, but for fun days at the park and McDonald’s — I can’t see the harm in that.

After the excitement of the day was starting to wear, it was time to head home, but not without one more little adventure. We lit up the fire pit in the front yard and roasted hot dogs and danced to music as the night wore on. Since we had an extra hour of daylight, this was the perfect weekend to explore the great outdoors.

When the babies were fast asleep and the fire was barely glowing, it quieted throughout our neighborhood and the fun, weekend activities came to a close.

If every day was like our weekends, we would be so tired and worn out that they wouldn’t be any fun. But when we experience a week of work and school, it’s great to have a fun-filled weekend surrounded by the ones we love the most.

Make sure you make the most of your weekends this spring and summer, because we know that winter comes all too quickly, and then we will stand at the windows and wish we had days like these. Turn those wishes into realities.

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