1. These two, these two, these two.
I felt like Naomi was taking the words right of my mouth in this post. Milo and Sophie have been poking, and prodding, and teasing, and dancing around the line of “hey you get out of my space” and bickering, and all the things you hope they just won’t do one more time because heaven help me if I have to break up another spat today and also keep my patience and wits about me so much lately. Then, there will be a moment when Milo is sad and Sophie helps find his “fluffy” (blanket) or Milo shares something to prevent Sophie from having a meltdown, or someone helps someone wash hands.
This stage (and every stage) of motherhood are so hard(!) in so many ways. I could never quite have realized how much being a mother would try and test and refine me in so many ways. But I am a witness to these two little lives happening right before my eyes. I’m thankful for the tiny rays of light that those good moments bring. I’m thankful for Moments.
2. Lord (Lady?) of the Flyaways.
I got a new camera this week (more about that soon) and in some ways I feel like I’m getting to discover photography all over again. Over the last year, I’ve learned much more about manual settings and shooting in RAW and blah, blah, blah. But with a new camera and new lens that aren’t about to die, things have worked so much better. I felt like I could capture all the flyaways in Sophie’s hair and those sparkly eyes much better (even with the same settings). I have a lot of things to re-learn on the new camera, but I can’t wait to see what the next year of photography brings. I’m thankful for inspiration and a new camera.
3. I love technology.
(first, sing that in your Kip voice) Say what you will, I just love technology. I don’t know how I’d survive without all the connection that my many different devices and platforms bring me when I live so far away from my family. My own family growing up always lived far away from grandparents and cousins, but my poor mom didn’t have email or texts or social media and long distance phone calls from the landline were an expense that certainly stretched the often tight budget.
I can get texted pictures of my nieces and nephews any time. We nearly always have a family group text going. I can FaceTime with my sister, video chat with my entire family at once, call any of my family any time I want, and can keep up with their lives on Instagram, Facebook, etc. Plus, daddy can call us at the end of the day to tell us he’s coming home. And when this guy hears that, he gets so excited (and so do I!)! I’m thankful for technology.
4. Rain, rain, rain.
Few things get me in a happy mood better than rain. Is that weird? I LOVE sunshine and I’m grateful to live somewhere where there’s plenty of mood-boosting sunshine all year long. It also makes me excited when a rainy day comes a long. Both kids ask for “hot chwoclate” and I can make a big pot of soup or pear sauce to make the house smell amazing. We read books and color and play with play dough. And, soon enough, we all go stir crazy and we’re grateful for sunshine again the next day when the park is dry and the air is fresh. I’m grateful for rainy days.
5. Fresh starts.
In that vein, I’m grateful for fresh starts. It’s been a week of needing second chances and more tries at our house. There is so much I want to do with this blog and so much I want to learn and do and try. And yet, I also want to be there and present for this little glimmer of time when the kids are both home with me. This week, I haven’t done the best job of being present in blog time or home time. I’m thankful for fresh starts and second tries. I’m always glad for a chance to try again.