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940 Saturdays… & this is one of them! 940 Saturdays… & this is one of them!
Portia was up at 6 am this morning.  All I can think of right now, while baby is napping, is whether I should take... 940 Saturdays… & this is one of them!

Portia was up at 6 am this morning.  All I can think of right now, while baby is napping, is whether I should take a nap or clean the house, or go through my pile of neglected papers, or or or.  Nap! No, clean! No, nap.  I’ll write a little blog post instead 😉

The other day I read a great post by Tracy Moore called “Holy Crap, a childhood is made up of only 940 Saturdays?” and I felt an immediate wave of nostalgia for all the Saturdays that have already passed in our daughter’s 20 month life. That’s 96 Saturdays that we will never get back! YIKES! Almost 1/9  of our daughter’s childhood that has been ‘used up’.  Where do we even go from here?

After reading Moore’s post, I decided I wanted to make sure that, going forward, every single Saturday is a meaningful one.  I decided that I needed to define ‘meaningful’ for myself, so that I wasn’t up in the middle of the night on Saturdays questioning whether I had succeeded or not, and these are the terms I came up with.

This is what the remaining 843 Saturdays of Portia’s childhood will look like:

  1. Quality playtime (no phones, no chores, no trying to squeeze in one more quick email) with mommy, daddy, family & friends
  2. Extra laughing, tickling, rolling in the grass & on the ground
  3. More running, jumping, hopping, hidding, peekaboo-ing
  4. Raffi for car rides
  5. New adventures (near and far from home), community events, diverse cultural experiences
  6. Less No’s, more Yes’s
  7. Puddles, sandboxes, beach & soil
  8. Tutu’s, cuddling & soft-serve
  9. Swims, strolls, & bike rides
  10. Stories, songs, raspberries & Arrowroots

Obviously, this list will grow as Portia does and there will be new ways of making Saturdays the best they can be.

But for today, Saturday #97, I’m looking forward to checking off as many items on my “list of meaningful” as we possibly can.

Happy Saturday!

North Shore Mama

**What is on your “list of meaningful”? I would love to hear how you spend Saturdays with your family. Please leave a comment below.**

Jessica Blumel

Nice to meet you! I'm Jessica a.k.a North Shore Mama. This site was born out of my love for my daughters and the desire to share my motherhood journey with fellow moms. I believe we're all in this craziness called 'parenthood' together and North Shore Mama is my way of reaching out to anyone who needs a laugh, a cry or dinner inspiration. Thank you so much for reading!

  • Jen

    June 2, 2012 #1 Author

    Wow… Sure puts things into perspective when you look at it that way! My hubby’s job isn’t the traditional Monday to Friday / 9 to 5 type, but I do try to make sure to make the most of the days we have together as a family and this is even more motivation to do so!

    BTW, our little ladies are very close in age – mine is 21 months! :)

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    • northshoremama

      June 3, 2012 #2 Author

      Any day of the week can be your Saturday. There are only 940 Monday’s as well 😉

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  • Bits of Bee

    June 5, 2012 #3 Author

    I love the idea of making a list of things to do on our Saturdays! I’m afraid to count the Saturdays we’ve used up already, but definitely going to make more of an effort to make the rest count. Great post!

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