January 24, 2013
getting over the hump.
We all have days that are trying. Days that test our patience and days where we struggle to stay on top. Lately, it seems that every wednesday I struggle. I try to keep my blog a positive place where I can focus on creative writing, journaling my life with my family and improving my photography. But, I would be lying if I didn't tell you that I do have days that are a constant battle. I lose my patience. I want to cry. I become frustrated. But, this is all part of the ride. The ride of parenting. Like marriage, there are ups and downs. There are days where you question if you are doing the right things as a parent. There are days that test your patience and yourself as an individual. Yet, I believe, it is in these times you find strength.
You learn to breath. You learn to step back.
On my Wednesdays, I have learned to step back. I have learned that it's okay to grab carry out, it's okay to practice our spelling in the car, it's okay to forget about the laundry. On these Wednesdays I run the show, I fly solo with our day because Jon has been tied up at work. His hours start in the morning and I usually don't see him until eleven at night. Between my everyday activities, Lego Club, Cub Scouts, music lessons and homework (which tend to all fall on this day) I am done. When the kids are gently tucked away in bed, and I've read six different books, went up and down the stairs ten times to grab various drinks, double checked the teeth, the night lights and set out school cloths I am ready for that hot bath. I am ready to become lost in my book. I am ready for escapism.
You learn to step back.
Have a picnic indoors when it's so cold and frigid outdoors you can't think about leaving the warmth of home.
You learn to use imagination.
Go on a mountain climbing adventure with a school backpack and a set of dirty wooden stairs.
Mountain climbing becomes a rescue mission.
A bear hunt.
I'm learning to breath on my Wednesdays. This was our Wednesday, captured in photographs.
a messy kitchen // happy girl // oh, hello // an orchid plant from a friend // music maker // a packed picnic // lunch and sunlight // yogurt drinks // a little explorer // pride, with backwards pants // adventure time // this just makes me laugh // nap time with bunny // homework time // drawing plans for the Pine Wood Derby // bedtime // bedtime smiles // big boy books // down time for mama
avocado oatmeal mask recipe from here.
My friend Mel started a new series on her blog. Linking up with her ;)