Saturdays are our “family day,” when I’m intentional about focusing on the kids. It’s also my sabbath, so the gift of not having to do anything I don’t want to do makes it a lot easier to have fun and make messes with the kids.

Last Saturday I decided to start the day off special with “make your dream pancakes!” I added vanilla pudding mix to give them all a fun flavor, and then the kids could add chocolate chips, bananas, or coconut. Served it up with chocolate milk and fruit. And at the end, as Siah was cleaning up his table area, he gave me a huge compliment: “Mama, these pancakes are STUPENDOUS!” I didn’t even know he knew that word!