Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Rewards of a Simple Life

I think one of the best things about being a parent is you learn to appreciate the simple things in life again like a child. We marvel at cloud shapes in the sky, breathe in the wonderful smell of flowers, jump in puddles of water and admire little creatures of the Earth. 

Sometimes parenting can be tough and exhausting, but it does put things in perspective. Most of the time, we are the ones that make life so much more complex and busy than it really is. How did we become like that as adults?

I'm thankful that Lil Pumpkin helps us to focus on the things that really matter. She laughs when she's happy. She plays when she wants to. She loves who she loves. No pretence or over-thinking things. Days are so much happier when you eliminate the non-essentials. I hope we are able to guide her to never forget the rewards of a simple life, even as she grows up.

Are you enjoying the rewards of a simple life?

P.S. Thanks to Mel {MDBambini} for your friendship & Lil Pumpkin's pretty cheongsam! She loves being a little "Chinese Princess" in that dress! Do check out Mel's online store for other vibrant kiddy clothes & accessories at really affordable prices. Just heard she's having a buy-1-get-1-free sale now ;) Hurry because pieces are selling out fast.. the ones I wanted are sold out *sigh*

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mail4rosey said...

You're right we (the parents) do tend to make it more difficult than it needs to be (I'm so guilty of that at times). Thanks for the awesome reminder to chill and enjoy. :)

alissa apel said...

We do need to enjoy the simple things.

I love your photos! It reminds me of when I was little. My parents had a pond in their backyard. I used to sit on the the edge and feed the fish.

Grace said...

I love how my boys have reminded me to find the joy in the simple things. My life was so convoluted and (unnecessarily) complex before they came into my life.

Lil Pumpkin's cheongsam is gorgeous! And so is yours, Ai! :) x

Stacy said...

I don't want to sound cynical, but you do get another chance at the simple life. Coz as you grow older, you will care less what other people think. :p

Lovely pics!

Ai Sakura said...

mail4rosey: no worries!

Alissa: Thanks: this was at one of the local parks.. would have taken more there but it started to pour soon after!

Grace: you have great twinlets. Can't wait to meet them one day!

Stacy: maybe I'm not old enough yet ;p ahahahaha.. but I think you are right too, looking at how our parents are :)

Emily @ Have a laugh on me said...

Just this afternoon my son saw a dinosaur in the clouds and my heart glowed with pride! Love children's imaginations x

The Kids Are All Right said...

We can learn a lot from our kids. Even talking about something with my teenager the other day she said "mum, are you sure you're not overthinking things?" I was. It's me that has to remember to lead the simple life!

EssentiallyJess said...

Beautiful Ai. There is so much we can learn from our children

Rina said...

well said! Yes sometimes we make it more difficult than what it can be. I learn so much from my boys.
It's a beautiful reminder Ai :)

Kim-Marie said...

Do adore the little outfit - gorgeous!

It is important to sit back and relax and breathe sometimes in our parenting journey.

oomph. said...

like i was just saying in my latest post, a bucket of rocks kept my kids busy for two days! and they truly enjoyed it! it really is about the simple things in life.


~Summer~ said...

You girls look awesome in the cheongsams! Yes yes, life has many small and simple nuggets of joy waiting for us to discover if we just allow ourselves to see and to feel them! =)

Veronica @ Mixed Gems said...

I never expected parenting to teach me so much! And though it can be frustrating to hear the, "Mummy, mummy, mummy" when I'm concentrating on something, it's ultimately a good thing to be reminded of how my children view their world because its my world too!