After cutting down our Christmas tree and decorating with a toddler this weekend, I learned a lot. Who would have thought the lesson would have been taught by a toddler?
Let me back up. This weekend, we spent Saturday cutting down our Christmas tree. It’s a tradition that Brian and I have done every year. Last year, Kenzie was just 6 months old and I carried her in the baby carrier. Let me tell you, much easier!
This year, we have a 18 month old who has more determination and will to do things her way than most adults I know. Honestly! We arrived at the tree farm and had a slight melt-down early on because we were making her wear a hat. Once we were over that, things were smooth sailing…until they told us the tractor that takes you to where the trees are, wasn’t up and running.
“OK”, we thought, “we’ll walk it. It can’t be that hard.” Again, naive parent’s here. McKenzie wanted to walk the gravel road herself. She wanted to walk it at her pace and if you attempted to pick her up, then she would lose her mind.
The whole tree experience, that should have taken 30 minutes from start to finish, ended up taking 2 hours. When we finally reach where the trees were, she had a melt-down because she didn’t want to walk in the grass. She wanted to stay on the gravel road.
We finally found the perfect tree and cut it down. We figured she’d be tired and would want to be carried on the walk back. Again…we were wrong. She walked the entire gravel path back.
I wish I had a way to track how far this little girl walked. It was easily 3 miles. She never gave up. She never quit. She just kept walking, as fast as her little legs could carry her.
So you know what I know? Toddlers…they can teach you a lot. Like how to slow down, to enjoy the moment, to take your time and to really appreciate the things that you are doing, because if we hadn’t, we would have missed the opportunity to capture such gorgeous pictures – the lake, the green trees and the sky.
I’m really thankful.
I’m linking up with Kenzie over at Chasing Happy for the month of November.
Be sure to stop by and check it out!