It has been such a long winter. Between the endless snow, freezing temperatures, Emmy deciding that she hates sleep, sickness, and more sickness, it has been hard to find reasons to celebrate (aside from the birthday excitement of February). I feel exhausted most days, and it is just so easy to put on Disney Jr or let Eli watch Big Hero 6, rather than find fun activities for us to do to pass the time.
I read an Time article yesterday that someone shared on Facebook about how this woman doesn’t consider being a stay at home mom an actual full time job. I was frustrated reading it, I couldn’t bring myself to finish it. Being a stay at home mom is exhausting. It is hard. Its putting yourself last 99% of the time so you can make sure your babies are happy, fed, dressed, semi-clean, and safe. Emaline herself is a full-time job. It took me over an hour to prep a dinner that had a 15 minute prep time because she climbs over barriers, empties out cupboards, finds dangerous objects in random places…baby proofing is a joke with her around. I think she views it as a challenge. She currently has a bruise on her forehead and I have no idea what caused it.
So I have tried to be intentional about finding little things to celebrate in our everyday life. And not just celebrations, but more fun. More planning.
Holidays offer the perfect chance for this. Even if they are pretend ones. We recently celebrated pi day, simply by eating an apple pie and making a big deal about it.
We got dressed up in green and shamrocks for St. Patty’s Day yesterday.
Eli helped me make Lucky Charms treats.
He was so happy to help make them.
RJ took Eli out to fly a kite since it was so windy.
Last week we went out and splashed in the puddles a few times. And went on walks.
The kids got their own “coffee” at Starbucks and they played a little outside at the mall.
The “coffee” was just whipped cream in a little cup. Only a crazy person would give a toddler espresso.
I find that the favorite part of the little ones’ day is when RJ gets home from work, and when we keep busy it comes way faster. And I am in a way better mood at the end of the day when we are having fun. Now if I could only get Emaline to sleep…
What are your favorite ways to celebrate little things in your everyday life?