Our laptop has been acting funky, so I’ve recently spent some time backing up a laptop’s worth of media onto our external hard drive to see if we can fix our computer. In doing all this transferring, I’ve been looking through old pictures and realizing how many adventures I used to take Little Nugget on. At first it made me feel like I’ve been letting him down, failing him in a way. This negative emotion led to the lighting of a light bulb (the positives of a negative is that it can open doors when you least expect it)…I should probably take advantage of the fact that I only have one child and try to get in as many adventures as I can with him before the second one comes.
Red Line, Expo Line, Rose Garden, CA Science Center, Universal City Walk, Yogurtland, Orange Line, Panera Bread, Union Station, and Placita Olvera. That’s just two adventures, maybe $30 dollars, and two tired humans worth of happiness and memories made. Of course, best Big Nugget way to show you our fun is through pictures. I hope they make you smile.
Aside from having two great adventure-filled days with Little Nugget, I also made some random observations and mental notes to keep in mind:
- Metro subway trains are one of the last places that I know of where people are more or less available to interact, unless their headphones are in, because there is no service and there are less phone distractions.
- When using public transportation with a toddler and while pregnant, empty your bladders every chance you get.
- Always have some cash available, even if it’s a few dollars. You never know when you may need it.
- Travel with only what you need, the less the better. What we take on our adventures –
- LN’s lunch backpack with :
- And of course, my camera.
Lastly, I wanted to mention and recommend the following videos that encouraged me to venture out with Little Nugget.
Jennifer Senior – For parents, happiness is a very high bar
Gever Tulley – 5 dangerous things you should let your children do
I believe these two videos hold very valuable information for parents. A lot of the time, I feel like I don’t do enough for LN, like he’s missing out on so much because I’m either too tired or not around because I’m working. However, listening to these videos reassured me that I’m doing enough as his mother and he’s going to be just fine. For example, he’s going to grow up knowing how to utilize public transportation and how to appreciate nature (since we’re out on the trails often). I’ll be alright with him not being fluent in four languages or if he doesn’t know how to engineer a robot by the time he’s five. I think we all need to take a step back from social media platforms like Pinterest and Facebook and analyze what we are good at, passionate about, and focus on spending time educating our children on that. We can and should only have realistic expectations of ourselves. We’ll be superheroes in our childrens’ little eyes either way.
Cheers to being present for our children in the ways we know how!