Happy Friday! It's a quiet evening over here with a little girl who's practicing the art of saying "no". I'm pretty sure the evening is gonna include stromboli and old episodes of How I Met Your Mother and me trying not to lose my patience. And we've got big plans to finally tackle the garage and clean it all out this weekend!
The week started off a little rough but things are smoothing out. We had a few rainy days and L got to use her umbrella. It looks like a panda and she's pretty over the moon about it!
The daffodil fields opened up and the girl and I spent an afternoon there. This year was really fun because she finally understood how to pick the flowers without crushing them at the same time.
Is anyone excited about The Bachelor finale coming up? The show (and guy) have gotten lame this season, but it's almost so lame I can't stop watching!
And the babe got new shoes! It's her first pair of Toms. I think they make her feet happy.
It all came quite easily for me when L was born. I slid into the role of being her mama and that was that.. It was easy to put her every need before mine and it was easy to feel like nothing in the world mattered except her.
I stumble over my mothering now. This gig is hard for me, and has been for the past year or so, as she's entered a new stage. Not still a toddler, not yet a big-kid. I make mistakes daily and I am hard on myself about them.
Finding grace in motherhood is something I struggle with. Being a mom is humbling, to say the least. To know that God hand-picked me to mother this little girl is kind of a heart-stopping fact. So I try to find grace in every day. Even on the worst days, I try to find some moment to be whole and good in. And the lessons never cease. The first moment your kid calls you out on doing something wrong and you know you need to apologize and ask for forgiveness, well, that's a big moment. And since that first time, there's been many. Many times I've cried and asked my girl for forgiveness. There's been times I've forgotten book day at school or pajamas for story time or the time I left her favorite stuffed flamingo in a car dealership and I've had to find the grace within me to know that it's okay and I don't have to beat myself up over these things. Because I do and I will. Because to my girl, book day at school was her whole world that day and losing her flamingo was like losing a best friend.
I'm not perfect and I don't believe any mother is because the essence of motherhood is in the imperfections that we learn and grow from. But I am the perfect mom for her. I know that she only likes peanut butter on her sandwiches and she wants the crusts off. I know she's a quick thinker and loves to compliment us. I know she thrives on routine and knowing what comes next. I know she's amazing and I know how to love her.
March is here and it's bringing a slew of birthdays, some sunny days despite the dreary gray one we're having today and it's almost time to break out the flip-flops!
I'm looking forward to...
Extra time with M! It's Spring break for him and we're loving that he's home an extra two nights this week.
A little Spring cleaning.
Catching this movie in the theatres.
And another girls night for supper club. I think a cozy fire and s'mores are happening.
Happy Friday, friends! It's been a productive day and my belly is happily full of stromboli that M cooked up for us.
week was pretty ordinary. There were a few cold days and a rainy one, but the weather has been pretty enough for flowers to start blooming! L learned how to slide down stairs in a sleeping bag. My back
is healing. Better enough, at least, to get the house scrubbed clean and
the laundry mountain knocked down to a small hill.
Lia's been saying the funniest/oddest things. Like, "you startled me papi". And, "I'm totally fine mom". Kids are the best!
the highlight of the week... we told L that she could ride her
tricycle in the house. It was a rainy night and we were trying to keep L
out of the kitchen so we could clean. Now, she won't stop! We've got
little tire tracks through the kitchen...
excited for the weekend. L was invited to a birthday party and the
daffodil fields finally opened and I can't wait to pick some fresh
flowers for the house. Enjoy your weekend, xo!
Here's a few things I loved from the internet this month!
Not only do I think these hashtag skits are hilarious, L created a hashtag game from them! Basically, she'll just yell hashtag and call out anything she sees while we're driving. Like, hashtag red light! Or hashtag horse. And honestly, it beats trying to create new knock-knock jokes every day.
And speaking of funny things, Jimmy Fallon took over The Tonight Show last week. Have you guys been watching? We're big fans!
Loving this small bathroom! Our toilet is in a separate closet-sized room within our bathroom and I'm never sure what to do with it.