Hi friend! Welcome (back) to our life!
I’m trying something new this week as a personal challenge. I try to focus mostly on the good in my kids…really! But somehow the negative elements are what stay in my mind at the end of the day. Part of it is because these are the things I want to work on with them, and maybe I feel defeated about not being able to “fix” everything immediately. Unfortunately, the worst part is that when I am too focused on correcting bad habits, I lose sight of all the fun, amazing times in my day.
So here’s my challenge to myself: this week I am making constant reminders whenever something memory-worthy happens. It could be something good, kind, or just funny. I have an open word doc on my phone, and I am literally speaking the positives that I want to remember to myself all day. The awesome part of this for you is that now you can read about the funny little phrases and thoughts that surround me these days. I’m a little slow in the starting blocks with this, but here’s what I have for Monday. In recollection, David really brought his A game today!
I typically sing the Doxology during breakfast as a start to our weekdays at home. I am not a morning person…at all…so this has been my way of getting into my happy place. Today was the first day that both Zoey and David tried to join in. It was so sweet!
This morning David did the funniest thing. He has always had a gift for breaking tension. Zoey and I were working on phonics and David was sitting in my lap, determined to stake an active role in the conversation. It had been a tug-of-war type of morning and we were about an hour behind where we tend to be with our day at this point. I pointed to a word in the workbook and asked Zoey what it was. David immediately leaned over and put a little apple sticker on that spot, right where I was pointing. I don’t know how long he had been holding that sticker, but the timing was perfect to make all of us laugh.
We had raisins for snack this morning. The kids decided they needed to eat together in the toy box. Normally fights erupt pretty quickly when they are that close to each other, but they laughed the whole time. It’s easy to be happy when they are happy.
While I was making lunch David brought over a Noah’s Ark board book and started playing with it on the floor. It has a lot of flaps to open and see different animals in the ark. Very methodically, and a little sleepily, he knocked on each door saying, “Knock knock! Is anybody home?” I will probably add a few seconds of the video in our next vlog if you want to look for it.
After lunch David found one of Zoey’s heart-shaped beads on the floor in their room. He put it under his shirt and over his chest, explaining to me, “This is my heart.”
I prepped a pork roast and some vegetables for dinner in the crockpot. This is one of those few comfort meals that I make just because I absolutely love it! The kids don’t seem to enjoy it all that much, but I’m not worried about it. Update: the kids are coming around to liking it, everyone ate well tonight!
The last intelligible words David said before he fell asleep at naptime today: “We are here, we are here, we are here!” from Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who.
Jacob took 2 naps, over an hour long each. He has also contented himself bouncing and rolling from tummy to back to tummy most of the day. He is so close to regular crawling! I’m trying to soak up as much of the baby stage as I can before he becomes mobile. He’s such a happy baby! I’ve started putting him between the older two for lunch as the mediator and it works fantastically.
The boys are asleep for naptime – a highlight in itself! Zoey just pulled out two pieces of construction paper. She also found the stapler and now she’s attempting her own little book. I made her something very similar for a unit on the 5 Senses a few weeks ago. I love how she internalizes and remembers things like that so effortlessly.
It’s amazing how many things we can miss when we aren’t looking for them.
What about you? Have you developed a way to remember and hold on to the good in your life? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 NIV