A 365 project is where you mindfully take a photo a day, every day, to document the beauty in every day life. I was unsure when I started, as it seemed like a huge commitment (and indeed, I have many nights where I remember before heading up to bed and so I scramble to photograph a sleeping child, hahaha) It’s my way of celebrating all of the little quirks and hobbies of my kids before they outgrow them, and to celebrate all the good, the bad, and the hilarious of parenting, marriage, and me.
An oil change turned into 3 hours of captivity in the small children’s room at the Honda dealership today. We played with toys we brought, we played with the toys in the kid’s room, we colored almost an entire coloring book, she did puzzles and sang a lot and danced, we watched cartoons on the TV there, I burned out my phone battery refreshing facebook and instagram, we both wished I had brought food. 3/4 of the way through our ordeal, we both looked like this. Tired, hungry, bored, irritable. But we survived.
Every single night she likes to “read” to herself before falling asleep. The light must stay on, and we always find her a few minutes later: sound asleep and clutching a book (sometimes the book is stuck to her face because she dozed off while still looking at it) I hope she can continue this love of reading when she can actually read.
Not a work of art, today, but a story resting closely to my heart. After a particularly rough go on the treadmill, I picked up this princess from the childcare room to head home. I was in a hurry, like always, and she was trotting after me, chattering on about her friends and who she played with today. I love that she has little friends now! Anyway, so I’m sweaty and gross from my run and she casually slips her soft little hand in mine. She gives it a squeeze and tells me, “You’re my best friend, mama.” Oh, my heart! That little statement made me stop in the middle of the sidewalk. I can remember so clearly when my oldest was this age, and she told me I was her best friend. Now she’s 9 going on 17 and has her own friends. The same with my son- while he’s still my little buddy, he has his own set of friends. I can remember so clearly his pudgy little toddler hand in mine, telling me I was his best friend. When did that stop? It all comes to a close eventually. Today I want to hold onto these moments, where I am still her best friend.
I can’t even tell you how much of a confidence builder it has been to have this girl enrolled at USTA. She is my mini-me for sure, as we both get frustrated easily, and we expect perfection out of ourselves. It’s a tough combination that makes for us both to want to quit when we can’t do something perfectly right away. But with taekwondo, you don’t just walk away when it gets tough. The instructors are patient and encouraging, and won’t leave a struggling kid behind. This is the first time I’ve seen a fierce determination in her eyes as she tries to master something that is difficult for her. Anytime her frustrations start to bubble up, they notice. Master Jennifer has pulled her aside to give her a pep talk a few times- usually something along the lines of “it’s ok to try and fail, just keep at it.” That’s a pretty good life lesson for everyone, don’t you think?
One of the many job perks of being Mom’s pint-sized secretary is to sometimes have cupcakes for breakfast. We love La Cakerie!
A trip to Toys R Us to spend his birthday gift cards… he checked out the Legos but ultimately decided on a new DS game or two. Checking out the selection and making a choice on which game(s) to buy is serious business! He is a complete gamer boy like his Daddy.
Certainly not an award winning photo today, but this means a lot to me! 2017 is apparently the year of running, with us signing up for at least one race every month, from here to the end of the year. Mostly 5ks, but at least 2 10ks and a 12 miler are in there as well. Most of me is pretty much terrified of those longer runs as 3 miles is still pretty challenging to me, but my new mantra is to run toward what scares me instead of away. There’s a lot of fear in going outside your comfort zone, but that’s also where all the magic happens. And it means so much more to embrace this line of thinking with my family around me, with a perfect balance of support, encouragement, and heckling. (photo taken by propping the camera on the hood of the car, with glamorous parking garage lights as our only light source, hahaha)
There you have it! Week 10 is in the books! If you are also doing a 365, I’d love to see your week. Feel free to share here in the comments or on my Facebook page!