This was a really fantastic weekend for family time. Diana had orientation at GKTW for volunteering on Saturday, so I took Simon to Animal Kingdom for a couple of shows. We got home in time for Simon's nap, then we had a nice evening around the house. Today we made a family stop at Magic Kingdom for a couple of hours, came home again in time for nap, and had a nice afternoon playing catch and stuff. Pile on the fact that our little man is being quiet the cuddle monkey lately.
There isn't really anything glamorous about any of this, but it makes me so happy to have these great times with my little family unit. Simon might be a handful at times, but he'll never be a 3-year-old again. It means the world to me to be there and be his dad. For as much as I complain that there aren't enough hours in the day to do everything I would like to do (or mismanage my time), I'm really finding my peace with the situation. My priorities are what they are, and they are Simon and Diana.
Of course, I do understand the danger in this, because it's a classic problem of people waking up one day and resenting their families because they feel like everything they do is for them. For now at least, giving this time is just as much for me as it is for them. I'm a giver to some extent, especially in relationships like these.
I'm still working on the balance thing in a new environment, with family, etc. It's nice to feel happy and not have a long-term set of goals and issues conflict with that.