We woke up to some beautiful weather over here & it gave us a little glimpse of Spring. We planned to lounge around the house today since the girls are out of school on “winter break” but instead we decided to go grab lunch & play at the park. Somehow that turned into taking our lunch to the park, I don’t know if was the toddlers begging from the back seat or the packed parking lot and long drive through that made me do it, but I said yes. We grabbed some blankets out of the car, and took all of our food out to the grass by the playground to have a picnic. And you know what happened? It was a disaster. Everyone was crying about the sun being too bright, and the wind being too windy, there were not enough packets of ranch, and I forgot to bring the straws out of the van, there was grass on our blanket, our napkins were blowing away, yaddah yaddah yaddah. After three bites, everyone was done and wanted to go on the playground. But then we had meltdowns because the playground was packed (winter break) so I wouldn’t let them go on the big kid playground, because keeping track of three kids on a playground is like some awful where’s waldo panic attack simulation nightmare. Needless to say, we were at the park for a whopping thirty minutes, and then we made our way back home, all the while I am driving thinking why in the world did we even attempt that?
Once we got home, I put the little ones down for naps, and Harper tells me that was such a fun picnic and she can’t wait to do it again sometime. Huh? Were we at the same picnic?
And I realize, kids are resilient. They are eternal optimists! They don’t see half of what is going wrong, they are just thinking out loud, stuffing their face with chicken nuggets and looking at the giant wooden castle with all the heart eyes. And at the end of the day, what they will remember was the eleven minutes of me chasing them down the slide or how they got the giggles because Claire kept yelling “yogurt!” when she was swinging.
So if at the end of this long week, you are ready to throw in the towel & feel like all of your adventures were failures, just remember it is all about perspective. You’re doing an amazing job.
Have the best weekend, friends! XO