I am just going to say this…I tried on swim suits this week. Yep…didn’t go well. I guess a year of recipe testing has me deep into stretchy pants and denial. It was a reality check to say the least.
The bright side? I am super comfortable in my skin and I am super thankful that I have this gratitude journal to keep my mind on the positive things!
Here are a few highlights from my week:
My kids love Easter. I’m pretty sure it is because, in their minds, it is a “candy” holiday. They love it the same way they love Halloween and Valentines Day.. again, both “candy” holidays.
At our house the Easter Bunny brings all the eggs filled with candy, and then we give the big Easter basket full of prizes and presents.
One thing my kids might possibly love more than the candy is the scavenger hunt to find their Easter baskets. I start by handing them the first clue and then they are off to the races. They run from clue to clue in a complete frenzy of excitement. My Dad would say they are “in a lather”.
This year the hunt went like this:
- Welcome to your Easter basket hunt! Time for your first clue- you’ll find it where we keep the glue. (craft cabinet.. of course my little slime addicts know where the glue is!!!)
- Kyle goes here when he has to do his chore to clean the floor! (vacuum closet)
- You’ll find your next clue where you use shampoo and go number two…. (bathroom/shower)
- Here you will freeze or find cheese. (fridge/freezer)
- Have you heard the news? You’ll find your next clue where we keep our shoes. (shoe caddy)
- This clue can be found…where Maddie makes a musical sound! (her violin case)
- Look for clues but don’t get stressed! Go look where mommy gets dressed. (master bedroom closet)
- The hunt is almost over, but before you relax…. check the place where you find a snack! (the kids snack bucket in the pantry)
- Only one more… Go look out the garage door!
They found their baskets in the garage and were screaming with delight! I love moments like this!
Later that night Maddie asked me THE question about the Easter Bunny. The one that every parent dreads (insert tears here)….
I will cherish this years scavenger hunt for the rest of my life.
My kids are not the snuggliest of kids. I don’t know if that is something that I did or if it just is who they are? But, when they do want a little snuggle, you better believe that I am all in!
Even though it is spring, this past weekend was cold and snowy here in KC, which made for a snuggly blanket kind of Saturday night. We all hunkered down on the couch to watch the KU final four game. Buuuuttttttt… within about the first 5 minutes of the game we knew things were not going to end well. So we ended up snuggling under a big blanket and laughing and talking and once in a while cheering for the game. The kids actually wanted to take turns snuggling with me. So cozy!
I was so grateful that BOTH of my kids wanted to snuggle me on Saturday night. As they get older I know these opportunities will start to fade, so I cherish every chance!
As I sit here at my computer on this rainy Tuesday, I have a cup of hot green tea to my left and a to-do list to my right. My kids are all at school and I can hear my washing machine sloshing around in the background. I have a big smile on my face and I feel calm, relaxed, and productive.
Why, I’m thinking? What is making today so different than days when I feel out of sorts, and overwhelmed and the day feels muddled. I want to feel the way I feel today.. every day! Don’t we all!?
I figured it out. Like a little epiphany about myself. I am most happy and content when things fall into place and I have a few hours to feel productive. I like feeling IN CONTROL of my own plan and getting things done.
This epiphany had me worried about summer.. when there really is NO plan. When the days just happen as they will. Sometimes that is great, like days when you don’t need to be productive and you get to just be MOM. But, this summer I really want to stay on top of my blog (not to mention my part time job).
So today…or tomorrow…or the next day… I am going to think about a summer plan. A daily list of things that the kids can do, like chores or reading, before we go to the pool, or play with friends, or ride bikes. This will be time for all of us to be productive and start the day on a relaxed and calm note.
I am so thankful for this little epiphany about myself and that I can (hopefully) create this calm and relaxed mood for myself more often!