taking adventage of a beautiful day in october (or: forget the dishes, and get outside!)


These photos were taken yesterday, a day that got up to 70F in October, a day that was bright, sunny, and unexpectedly beautiful. C. and I just returned from a trip to Ohio last week and my suitcase is still sitting unpacked in the middle of our kitchen floor, there’s laundry to be done, dinners to be planned, and a host of other chores on my long to-do list. But I simply couldn’t keep us indoors yesterday while this was going on outside. A mama’s gotta have priorities, right?




We spent the morning biking around our house and neighborhood, even running into a friend as we popped into our nearby thrift store. Then home we went for nap time and lunch before setting out by bike for the remainder of the afternoon. We explored new parks, walked around downtown, visited a bike shop for more bike purchase inspiration, had a picnic in another park, and then rode home tired and happy at the end of the day. Just in time for a quick dinner, storytime, and bed.

I’ve heard friends say that they simply can’t ignore the dishes when they’re piled high in the sink and I’ve fallen victim to domesticity guilt on many an occasion myself. It’s especially hard not to feel neglectful when sitting at home and it’s all right there, staring you right in the face: the clothes spilling out of the unpacked suitcase, only opened to retrieve the necessities and then promptly ignored. The mail on the counter and the toys all over the floor. The mounds of laundry, both clean and dirty, needing washing, folding, and returning to its closet space. Especially in the age of Pinterest and lifestyle blogging, the pressure to present a beautiful home is never far off.

And that’s why it’s best to just leave the house, shut the door, and not look back until bedtime. Not every day, but definitely on days when the October skies are clear and blue, the leaves are wonderful shades of yellow and red, the air is warm and your one-year-old is eager to explore her world. On those days, I know there will be plenty more chores this coming winter but only a handful more of these beautiful days and we’re best to just seize the moment and get outdoors.


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7 Responses to taking adventage of a beautiful day in october (or: forget the dishes, and get outside!)

  1. Petra says:

    ah, this is great! I wish I would be spending the day with my 11month old instead of sitting at my office’s desk and doing research. At least his papa can play with him today!

    What book is this you have on the blanket in the last picture? That colorful creature looks lovely

    • simplybike says:

      It’s “The Mixed-Up Chameleon” by Eric Carle. I love all of his books, they all have such gorgeous illustrations.

      Hope you get to enjoy some lovely outdoor time after work with your family! S.

  2. Look at all of C’s gorgeous hair! Where did that all come from!?! So nice to take advantage of glorious fall weather.

  3. Jane W. says:

    I’m all for leaving the dishes. I love the photos of her when she’s concentrating/examining something. Enjoy this stage while you can. It goes so quickly!

  4. Lynn says:

    I’m so jealous! Allergies keep us inside much of the year, and although it is still warm here in Florida, I would love to be able to spend the day in the park with the kids.

  5. Rita says:

    You made the right decision! Particularly if Winter is coming and there will be less chances for you to be out like this. It’s good for C to get some fresh air and walk aroud :)

    My grandfather used to say work will be right there waiting for you when you get back but life and time will go on. I took that to mean that we should seize the day :) eheh

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