the simplest things

There have been so many wonderful moments these last few weeks that have really made me step back and appreciate all that we have. Not the materialistic possessions… not even the home that we live in, but each other. Our children, their health, their laughter, a single touch when our hands brush up against each other. Those are the moments that truly make you love every minute of your life, because if you don’t stop and look around and appreciate how special you are, how amazing it is that you are living this life, then you’re missing the point of what joy and gratitude really are all about.

My little girls are special, there’s no denying that they bring so much fun and warmth into my life, but there are instances when my little man and my husband are together that really are amazing. Like this morning when they secretly took photos of themselves for me to find. It really made my day. I can’t wait to see what else unfolds.

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Happiness Abounds

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I woke up this morning feeling a little more grateful than usual. The sun was shining without a cloud in the sky and the air was cool and crisp… my absolute favorite kind of day. I woke up to the hug and warmth of my little man and the entire day just fell into place from that moment. The girls had a day off from school which means we had a day of pure uninterrupted fun and foolishness. Just when you think that life has thrown you some pretty big mountains to climb, the fog seems to lift and right in front of you is clear path into a beautiful valley. I hope your day is filled with warmth, love and laughter!

Today’s Favorites:

  • hot cocoa and marshmellows
  • early morning jog
  • baking sugar cookies with the kids
  • painting with our feet
  • climbing trees
  • presidential inauguration
  • singing the theme song to Toy Story

Don’t breathe on me!

I’m pretty sure that if your child has excessive green snot oozing from their nostrils and a consistent crackly cough then your child shouldn’t be at school… let alone breathing all over my child! This is one of the worst flu seasons in 10 years and I don’t think that its too much to ask that parents be a little more vigilant about keeping their children home if they are not feeling well. I  completely understand that some parents have to work, but I also believe that you are doing a huge disservice to your child if you send them to school if what they really need is some TLC!

I’m glad to get that off my chest! Now on to bigger and better things! Let’s talk about this fabulous weather in the Mid-Atlantic… it’s January and 60 degrees and sunny outside! I do miss the snow, but any excuse I have to not wear 10 layers is a happy day for me. It’s going to be in the 70s this weekend and I’m so excited to spend as much time outside with the kids as I possibly can. On the schedule this weekend is horseback riding, breakfast, lunch and dinner on the deck, evening guitar playing sitting by the outside fire, lots of music, dancing… and laughter!

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Family Rules… so to speak

In the day-to-day goings of the members of this household sometimes the simplest of rules seem to fall between the cracks. I pride myself on looking on the bright side of life, always pointing out the silver lining to my kids and trying to instill in them a love of self, life and family. I always over-hear parents saying don’t do that, don’t touch this, don’t say that, say this, stop slouching, pick up your feet, and on and on… Whatever happened to letting kids be free to find out who they are, what they like, and what they don’t like? Maybe my kid wants to drag her feet when she walks. Maybe my middle child doesn’t have an “inside” voice. Maybe screaming at his older sisters makes my little one feel confident, strong and on their level! Maybe my children don’t want rules that dictate how they should act, because whose to say I’m right?

So, I’ve decided to list some new family rules:

  • Always say the truth
  • Keep your promises
  • Try new things
  • Laugh out loud
  • Say I love you
  • Do your best
  • Be grateful
  • Be kind
  • Be proud
  • Be yourself
  • Remember you are loved