"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." ~e e cummings

Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy? We can do happy.

By around the middle of August, I had reached the conclusion that my kids were just never going to be happy ever again.

They were grumpy, whiny, ungrateful, and bicker-y. But mostly, they didn't seem to want to be around each other.

And, for a mommy, that's like the worst thing you can imagine about your kids and their relationship with one another.

So, I sent my kids to school and just hoped that the unhappy feelings would pass.

They did. And it didn't take long at all.

Turns out, my kids like each other just fine. They even love each other. Schedules, routines, and time apart to do their own things...all things that the school year brings...are good for siblings. And that makes a mommy heart happy.

Today, we had an awesome day. A happy day. A family day.

We took part in our local farm tour and visited a few local, family-run farms. It was 90+ degrees and humid as hell. There was a lot of driving, a lot of walking, and a lot of stinky landmines left by farm animals. But despite all of that...we had three happy little farm kids in tow. The perfect way to spend the bonus day this weekend...

 We came home for some cool-down time, then headed back out into the sticky heat to explore a newly cleared trail in our neighborhood.

And the cherry on top of this ice-cream sundae day?

An after dinner read-aloud.

Lesson Learned:
Phew! We can do Happy. We just need to know our limits and allow time alone in between times of togetherness. And I need to remember just how good being outside is for the soul.

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