We definitely have our yucky moments. Our "shut up, Mama, you're so annoying!" moments. Our not-so-nice yelling-back Mama moments. Our misunderstandings, sibling squabbles, pinched-in-the-door fingers, tears, and frustration moments. It's easy to focus on those sometimes. Everyday life is messy and ugly sometimes, but acknowledging these tough moments can help us find ways to shine light on our hurt spots, to find paths to deeper connection, and new methods for communicating and reconciling.
What we choose to focus on has a huge impact on how we feel about our lives and everything around us. Without denying or hiding the times when motherhood (and life!) is hard, I find that a focus on the little everyday joys can be a soothing balm and source of gratitude. This unschooling life ain't perfect, but it's full of natural learning and opportunities for chaotic fun, quiet reflection, and everything in between, and not just for the kids.
Here's more pics of our little everyday joys, from Mother's Day 'til now:
Mother's Day ~ picking backyard tea
backyard dance performance
Camille-made gluten-free spice cake
on a Monday ~ best buddies
homemade cream puffs
"Mama, this slide is not fast enough!"
on a Tuesday
on a Wednesday ~ sand at the park
at the library
on a Friday ~ planting asparagus
on a Saturday ~ Syttende Mai celebration
music performance with her Papa
on a Sunday ~ indoor waterpark and amusement park with the Girl Scouts
Honeycrisp apple blossoms
sour cherry blossoms
making pizza for Grandma and Grandpa
at the local greenhouse
simple everyday joy