Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Best and the Worst

Tonight I'm taking a few minutes to share the best and the worst of our day. Really, it was a very good day. A day that should have been documented in many photos, and not just these few words.

A Few of the Best:
 •This morning the kids and I joined my sister and her kids for a nice long walk on a new trail. This trail was a new adventure for us; a place that we'd never been before and it was awesome. Sunshine, (mostly) happy kids, fresh air and exercise. There's no other way that I would've wanted to spend my morning and I still smile when I think about it.

•The last couple of nights I've been doing a new thing with the kids right before I tuck them into their beds. What we're doing is taking a few minutes to tell each other something that we like about the other person or something that the other person has done that makes us happy. Judah (3 1/2), is totally old enough to get this and  is really enjoy it. When I asked him to tell Paisley what she does that makes him happy, he smiled and said "When she plays outside with me!". I love it because we're building each other up at the end of the day and it also gives me insight to see what I can do to create those happy moments that are remembered.

A Few of the Worst:
Judah's had a bit of a potty training regression lately and it's rough. He did awesome for so many months and lately he's started getting up in the morning and then silently taking off his jammies and then peeing on his floor. It's a rough way to start the day and it's been challenging for me to know how to handle this. I've tried dealing with it from all different angles but, nothing seems to be working and I feel bad. I've started to feel like maybe somehow it's my fault, like maybe something in his life is causing him stress and this is his way of acting out. Regardless, it's challenging and although I know it's just a phase, it's hard on me.

•The last thing that was hard about this day was the long bedtime tonight. Judah's at this age now where he's transitioning out of napping. He still kind of needs his nap and if he doesn't rest, he's like crazy hyper all evening. But, on the flip side, if he does nap, then he has the worst time falling asleep at night. So really, we can't win. In the big picture, it's not that big of a deal, it's just the phase that we're in right now.

One thing that I've been learning in my mothering journey is that every time I think I have it figured out, I really don't. I've been so blessed with awesome, healthy kids but, before I was a mom, I thought I knew a lot about mothering. I thought I had it figured out. Now, I love my kids more than I could have ever imagined loving anyone and I also pick up the phone and cry to my sister on a regular basis. Little phases like purposefully peeing on the floor wear me down but, then the sweet words at bedtime make me close my eyes and thank God for this beautiful life.
I hope you've had a good day as well! Please come back tomorrow because Emily from 52 Mantels will be here sharing her icecream cake recipe with us. I've seen the pictures and it looks amazing!


  1. I'll be praying that you find wisdom in working with J.
    Love you. You are a good mommy. Kids do things we don't understand all the time.

  2. Glad you had a great day! Brayden did the same thing...peeing on his floor! It might just be a boy thing. I don't remember how I got Brayden to stop but I don't remember him doing it for too long. Maybe I just rushed him to the potty when he woke up and reminded him over and over that pee goes in the potty. Then we tore out some carpet....sorry maybe this isn't encouraging;( Hang in there. And I love the idea of the kids saying sweet things to each other before bed. What a lovely way to end the day:)


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