So it doesn't matter how bad or how good the day was. Doesn't matter if we spent a good portion of the day separated or we did the whole day as a family.
I love family snuggle time.
Family snuggle time consists of all members of the family coming together in hang out on mom and dad's bed. It is where we don't do anything else except be together. We reconnect. We talk about all sorts of random and silly things. We create a stronger foundation for our kids and open the lines of communication and break down any walls of tension that might have been built up during the week or day. It is probably the most spiritual thing we do as a family and all of our hearts are so full when we are done. It used to be that we would all lay down and talk and pray and hang out. It recently has turned into its own thing.
Here are some fun things that happened in Family snuggle time last night.
* Family snuggle time has turned into all out wrestling match. Seriously, its a good workout for everyone, but man we get loud.
* Paul plays bad cop, attacking the kids to point of tears and then they scream "pineapple" (our safe word for protection. You say it when you really can't take anymore.) Then they come over to me, good cop, and we snuggle and come up with another plan to attack dad.
* When Little cries pineapple on Big, he explodes out of his hold on her and then does a slow motion retreat. He even has sound effects. He would be holding Little, she would cry pineapple, and he would blow his hands and arms and legs out and then ever so slowly, lower them to the bed. It was hilarious to watch him explode and slow mow to a sleep position. Paul started doing it becausee it was so funny.
* Family snuggle time has also apparently become the time where we fight about which kid belongs to which parent. Paul and I play with the kids fighting for them to be just ours. They giggle and laugh and play along, and I usually win which makes me feel all powerful.
* Prayer time was probably my favorite last night. Somehow prayer time has turned into an all out personal affirmation time. I had a tear or two because I found my children's utter confidence simply hilarious. All they did was thank God for how awesome they were, how cool their siblings were, how handsome their dad was and how mom is so cool cause she is always doing stuff for them. They all have this strong sense of knowing how loved they are that it has given them unbridled confidence. Seriously, they each needed their own time to thank God, affirm each other and wait to be coated in compliments. Middle actually said to me, "mom, you didn't say how awesome I am to God." Oh man kid, I don't know if you are listening but I prayed that God would give you wisdom. Pay attention!
I would have taken a photo, but I was too busy enjoying the moment, and all my kids sleep in their underwear and thus it would have been inappropriate.
I pray the feeling of us all crammed on the bed, laying on top of each other, poking each other with feet and elbows and giving kisses never leaves my mind and heart.
It is our most special family activity and totally free. I hope my kids never out grow it.