As the economic crunch has hit our family and so many others I am trying to focus on the little things in life...the things that really give life it's meaning. Everyday my goal is to try and blog about one thing that happened during the day that brought a smile to my face. It can't be something materialistic, or something that was bought. It has to be something meaningful, a memory that was made, something funny that was said or that happened. You know, it has to be the little things in life... the things that matter in this world the most. I hope as you read my blog and get to know me you will also let me know of the little things in your life that made you smile today, the things that made you step back and say "This is what life is all about".
As the first week of summer is finally here, I am not as excited as I should be. Kids are so geared around going out and spending money in order to have fun. I guess that is my fault after all, but know I am forced to teach my children there are fun things to do that are also inexpensive. This summer we plan on going to see $1.oo movies at the theater, attending free workshops at our local library, and going to a few historical sites our cities have to offer. This summer my main goal is to spend more time with my kids, especially my oldest daughter who will be going into middle school. I feel like life is quickly rushing by me and my children are growing all tooooo quickly. This summer I plan on taking it real slow and living in the moment.
As I visited a friend this morning I realized my childrens rooms don't always have to be spotless. Her daughters room was not messy, but very much played in. Her daughter dressed herself this morning and had not yet fixed her hair for the day. I got to thinking I wish I was a more laid back mother like her, letting my children leave their room messy for days at a time. Her children are so carefree and you can tell they have a great home life. These two children have a special place in my heart, I watched both of them as babies in my daycare. And I love them both very much in a special way. Don't get me wrong I know my children are happy and they know they are loved uncondtionally, but my downfall is, I always want a clean house, spotless and uncluttered rooms. My 10 year old daughter is just like me, organized and very clean. My 8 year old daughter is so not like me, she loves to leave her room messy. When she plays in her room I want it cleaned up right away when she is done. She tells me time and time again "Mommy I am not like you". I am going to try and let her keep a messy room for a while and let her clean it on her own time.
So as I end my posting for the day, the little things in life that made me smile today were... watching my son play with his 2 year old friend. Watching the joy on his face as he was asked "Are you ready to go to Ben's house?" Learning to navigate his way around a friends house and play with legos. Learning myself that a clean spotless house is not always the happiest house. What were the little things in life that made your day today?