I had a great time with her! But at the same time, I found myself feeling guilty that I hadn't planned some great activity to do with her over the weekend. Saturday was beautiful and would have been perfect for apple picking, or the petting farm, or a myriad of other things, but a walk to the neighborhood playground was as far from home as we went.
I was quickly getting hung up in the guilty-parent trap last night when I remembered scanning this article from The Atlantic several years ago. At the time Ella was just five months old and she couldn't do much of anything without me, but now, I have a child who is most certainly her own person. I cannot forget the importance of just letting her have time to play, whether we're at home or on the playground. It IS, in fact, extremely important for her to just have time for unstructured play. So it's OK if I can't fill every morning with a planned activity or every weekend with a fun adventure. This weekend was a good reminder for me that a day filled with "just" play is definitely OK.