I've noticed over the past week or so that all I have to do to get at least 45 minutes of happiness and contentment out of my children is pull the cushions off the couch and throw all the pillows on the floor. Seriously. It doesn't matter how grouchy or whiny or uncooperative they are being; toss those cushions down, and it is like instant joy! Sounds of laughter and friendly, loving play fill the house. And an added bonus, they don't even care if I'm not participating. Has anyone else experienced this phenomenon? Please try it so you can let me know if it's a universal kid fix or just my strange little boys.
Just a few insights I gained on day 2...
1. I am, in fact, not mentally prepared for gray hair.
I have always assumed that when my hair starts turning gray, I'll just go with it. I mean, what's in a hair color, right? Well, wrong. I realized today, when I had a slight panic attack at the sight of a light streak in my head of dark brown, that I'm apparently not as unconcerned about the aging of my hair as I thought. Turns out, it was just a dog hair, so crisis averted for the time being, but it was quite a self-revelation of my own vanity.
2. I like my kids' crafts so much more when they let me do them.
I was going to do a little handprint turkey craft I found over at Candle in the Night's "31 Days of Crafts for Kids" series, but I decided to save that for November because I wanted to do Fall trees today since I've been talking to Brock about seasons and what happens in the Fall. I tried to include Roman in the craft-making too, but he was not having the paint on his hands. So I just painted his tree myself and let him put on the leaf stickers. But now I feel like a critical jerk of a mom every time I see their pictures because I like the look of mine, I mean Roman's, so much more than Brock's.
3. Couch cushions are magical.
*This post is part of a 31 day series called Real Life. If this is your first stop along the way, I am so glad you’re here! All of the blog posts in this series will be linked together on the intro/Day 1 page if you are interested in reading more. Click here to be taken to Day One. Thanks for reading!
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