The fault in our stars

Sunday, December 28, 2014
I guess I'm probably the only person left on the planet that hadn't watched this movie before today. I didn't have an interest in reading the book either... anything cancer related usually hits harder at home for me because of my Nana. My Nana had a long battle with breast cancer up until her dying day. Today I decided to give into this film. I decided to give it a try. At the very least I'd be losing out on a dollar that I'd spent on a movie I didn't end up liking. To my surprise, it wasn't a bad movie at all. In fact, by the end I was in tears. The storyline itself was cliche in a lot of ways, but I still managed to take something away from this inevitably sad movie. Time. We all need to make a good use of our time. Always. I've always believed that. I've always believed that because time is so limited, that we all need to do all those things placed on our "to do" lists. We need to make all of our days memorable in some way.

This is my justification for taking Ava on trips that (normally) tiny humans don't go on. This is why my toddler has been in the heart of NYC and experienced the cold waves from the waters bordering coastal Washington. The very reason why she's already been on her first mountain, and she's experienced an aquarium before she could really crawl. Regardless if she can retain the memories or not, Justin and I can. The videos we take, the pictures we share, all of those retain the memories we've been able to experience. I know, I know... I'm getting all emotional and deep with you guys, but it's true. Toddlers are resilient people. They need to explore and sight see and grow. I remember when Ava bug was smaller, I never wanted to really take her anywhere. And while this may be accurate for a newborn, it's not really so much relevant for a toddler. I refuse to keep my kid stuck in the house day in and day out. Even with ALL the rain in the Pacific Northwest. Each day I make the most of her time, and mine.

I hope that when she's older, she appreciates all the places we took her. I know that I feel extremely blessed to be able to fulfill the wanderlust I've always had. Taking my child along is definitely the icing on the cake though. I wish I could share with you the initial look she gets on her face when we go somewhere new. She absolutely lights up with fascination. If I learned anything from the fault in our stars, it would be to remind myself to live... and to make sure that the members of my family are living. This doesn't always have to be traveling, but more so always making sure we make the most of our days.

Each day we wake up, I am completely opened to whatever the day (most times Ava) calls for. If Ava wants to go out and make mud pies, we make mud pies! If Ava decides to take every piece of scrapbook paper in the house and crunch them all up? Yes, I let her do it. If when we are out Ava bug inadvertently points to a map, a picture, or some type of craft.. guess what? We do it or we go. Not all days allow for this type of spontaneous behavior, but the days that do... I take full advantage of. My MAIN, main point of this post is very redundant guys. I hope all of my readers are living their days with full hearts. Hearts that are content and full of all the things you want out of life. Whether that be travel, family, work, etc. I hope you all explore the things on your "to do" lists. I know that 2015 is going to be full of fun new things for my family and I to do. We only get this one shot to make all of our dreams come true.

I'm not sure why I'm so in love with this random, completely candid photo of my sweet girl from this past summer... but it makes me smile.

Happy Sunday all!

♥- Leilani

1 comment :

  1. In relation to this blog, I am SO excited to go to Mt. Rainier with you guys Tuesday!! It's absolutely on our "to-do list" while we're here in Washington. The girls are going to have so much fun!!! :)