We had homemade pizza and soda and too much candy and glow sticks and movies, and it was fun!
|My niece, getting ready to go outside and play glow-in-the-dark-tag.|
I think it was worth it. You might want to ask my husband, though, since he's the one who has been picking up the slack since.
Now I'm looking around at all of this.
|Can you find the toys in the tree? They're pretty tough to spot. The stick was an|
effort to knock them down.
|Chicken scratches all along one fence? I hope the weather wears it down before we move out,|
so the land lord doesn't notice.
|Piles of sticks, with some yarn thrown in, naturally.|
|Rows of rocks.|
|AMAZINGLY clean after a weekend like that. The dishwasher might be full, but it's clean! Kudos to|
Chris for that.
|Tissues, candy wrappers (candy isn't super good for you when you're sick?), dishes. Pants that need|
to be altered for Slim, a board from our mock 'headboard' leaning up against the wall because it fell
3 months ago and we haven't fixed it yet.
|Clean laundry in the hamper and on the bed, so of course our dirty laundry is currently in a pile|
on the floor.
|Dog peed on the floor because I spent all day in bed. Maybe he was being kind and not|
bugging me to come let him out, or maybe he's a jerk.
To settle my nerves, I'm looking around at the messes and trying to change my perspective. They are not items on my to-do list- they are evidence that children were here. Our home is full and busy and well loved. (Do you think our landlord will look at it that way when we eventually move out?)
I think this month of posts focused on enjoying my children is a perfect segue into the holiday season, because I want to carry this philosophy through November and December. I want to remember to put time spent together first. Everything doesn't have to be perfect to be worthwhile. And 20 years from now, I'm going to look back on this time fondly, and wish I had appreciated it more. I know this to be true.
I'm going to focus on the things that bring us together, and try not to worry so much about the details that drive me crazy. I'm going to take pictures of the challenges and the messes, and maybe even be grateful for them. And I'm going to try to remember to throw myself in front of the camera, too- for my own memories as well as for my children. This is me today.
The house is a mess, my jeans don't fit right (because I suck at shopping), I'm wearing one of Chris's shirts (because I don't feel well and thought of wearing a shirt that fits better than a cloth sack just sounds abhorrent to me right now), and my hair is still wet even though I took this picture at 3 o'clock in the afternoon (because I just took a shower about 20 minutes ago). And it's ok. Shocker- my kids don't care! My family still loves me!
So I'm thankful. I'm not stressed out (for now). And I'm really hoping that if I'm this mellow, my kids will follow suit, and we'll have a quiet and peaceful evening.
**This is Day 7 of 31 Days of Enjoying My Kid.