Yesterday was an ordinary day.
Started off with yogurt and granola for breakfast.
Some play time.
Then we watched a movie from my daughter’s three-movies rotation (Tangled, Frozen, and The Little Mermaid.)
This time, it was Frozen.
We had enough time before lunch to bundle up for the chilly Seattle weather and play outside in the kids’ new sandbox.
The girl played in the box.
The boy ran all over the place making me chase him up and down the hill in our yard.
At lunch, we had our usual PB&J. I took the peas out of the pod of every sugar snap pea we had, (because that’s the good part, apparently).
Lucky me, both kids went down easily for naps at the same time and I got to sit and take a breath.
I felt unsettled.
I don’t know why. Stressed or tired?
It was my first day back “on the job” after a bout of the flu.
The flu for one day, with three to recover. I’m still wiped. How do kids bounce back so quickly?
I had the opportunity to experience a different type of “mommy exhaustion.” I nursed the baby while he and I were both sick in hopes that he would be able to keep something down. I partially blame my three day recovery on that. It zapped my energy more than anything I’ve experienced.
Anyhow, here I was feeling kind of down. Is it the time of year?
It’s times like these, when we feel down, that our failures tend to creep up on us bombarding our heads with negative self-talk. Refusing to get sucked in, I decided to do something to keep busy.
I did what us exciting stay at home moms do while the kids are napping, and I folded some clothes (while watching Friends.)
Once the kiddos woke up, they were crazy. All over the place. All over me when I was trying to cook dinner-a huge pet peeve! I was starting to feel overwhelmed and really cranky.
But then I caught them in so many sweet moments, I couldn’t help but be reminded that this is what I’m here for.
He organized his stuff all by himself.
Playing hide and seek.
Hanging out with these two is what I “do.” I watch them explore and grow. I get to teach them and observe them while they learn from each other.
Teaching her baby brother how to spell her name.
I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Did I have a moody moment? Sure.
But I had these two crazies to snap me out of it.
Now I’m excited that I get to do it all over again today. It’s my job. I’m so fortunate that I get to do what I love.
What makes you happy if you’re feeling down?