Five Fact Friday – Guys, we made it! Trying to finish the week strong today with happy thoughts to start the weekend. Happy weekend!
1. Moana. We went to another movie on Monday and GUYS. Moana. Have you seen it? (I feel like everyone but me has). I absolutely loved it–a strong, smart girl who shows grit and intelligence and problem solving. I loved that the plot was more family-centric than romance-centric, and the MUSIC. Lin-Manuel Miranda is my very fave. I will probably listen to everything he ever writes.
2. We can do hard things. Michael was out of town for a few days this week, and I’m feeling like it was a big ol’ win to make it to Friday with everyone intact. The morning he had to leave, I woke up with a sore throat and head cold that Milo also woke up with. It was a bit of a rough start to our days flying solo, but Sophie kept me motivated by reminding me I could try hard challenges. She never stops surprising and inspiring me.
3. Gruntches. We’ve been doing Alison’s Year of Awesome weekly challenges as a family, and this week’s was “Jump Up to Pump Up.” Every night at dinner, we talk about our favorite parts of the day and how we accomplished the challenges. Often, it’s a bike ride, or a walk outside, or a kitchen dance party (to Moana music), but one of the days I did some calisthenics. Sophie happened to walk by and asked “how are your gruntches going?” Gruntches = crunches. Aaaaaand that’s about right.
4. My taste tester loves chooger. Milo sort of secretly loves staying home sick. Not so much the sick part as the one-on-one time part. He was bummed to miss his favorite day of school (show and tell), so he helped me test flourless chocolate cake recipes. He’s such a funny little helper. Every feeling he has is pretty clearly visible. If the batter was good, he’d sort of dance and hum a little song. If he thought it needed something (like “ten more choogers (sugars), mom”), he wouldn’t hesitate to tell me. Cooking with kids ALWAYS takes longer and is messier than it is alone, but it can be so fun and funny. (ps – Here are my best tips for cooking with kids)
5. Moments. I talk about this all the time, so I apologize if I sound like a broken record, but these two always remind me of the importance of celebrating good moments over good days. Motherhood at my house is up and down ALL the time, but taking a minute to celebrate the beauty and happiness in the mess does so much for my happiness. Our home and our life are messy, but they sure are wonderful, too.
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