Inspired by one of my favorite blogs I thought it would be a great idea to look back each week at those things that brought me the most joy. This is far too fitting for my blog to ignore the idea so I look forward to posting these each week!
Do you want to know my favorite part about starting this blog and making a point of choosing to see joy in my normal, everyday life? I'm seeing it everywhere now and it's so hard to not want to share CONSTANTLY about the joy around me.
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1. Kids' Coloring Time
I love to color! The big kids really enjoy coloring as well and I'm working on teaching the little guys that coloring is way better than eating crayons... it's a work in progress. But I've started sticking them in their chairs while I'm doing dishes or cooking so they get to be with me but they aren't right underfoot.
2. Outdoor Play
We've had this climber in our living room since the little guys' first birthdays and I kept saying it would move outside once it got warmer but I kept dragging my feet. If it's outside then they have nothing but furniture to climb on inside. And if it's outside then I need to go outside so they can climb on it. And if it's on the deck then they could push it to the edge and topple over! But I moved it. And the little ones LOVE having something to play on outside. And we tied it down to the deck so they CAN'T move it! And it's on the deck which keeps them contained so there is no running different directions for me. Such a win!
3. Long walk with the kids
I don't have a picture of this because pushing a large stroller plus keeping track of three other kids means my phone stays in my pocket where it can track my steps. I made one of my goals for June to go somewhere with the kids once per week. This week I decided just a simple walk around the neighborhood, exploring streets we hadn't walked down before, would be a fun adventure. The kids had fun guessing which way we would turn at each corner and I got in some simple exercise. Win for all!
4. Writing outside
After some cooler and rainy weather the past couple weeks we were blessed with some BEAUTIFUL days that were actually perfect for sitting on the deck after the kids were in bed. It's too warm in the afternoon for me to be out here writing (I'm pale and blonde, give me a break) but starting around 6pm it's gorgeous! I got the kids all in bed, grabbed my computer and a water and spent lots of time hammering out posts so I can enjoy the weekend. I'm actually writing this post outside!
5. Flying Kites
My parents had given the kids these little mini kites quite some time ago but we never took them out for whatever reason. It was fairly windy over the weekend so I thought we could give them a chance. The kids had a bit of trouble getting them to stay up but when those kites flew up and soared overhead? They were overjoyed! They made laps around the house (which doesn't really work since the wind goes away between the houses) and stood on the deck to really get the kites high into the air. Seeing them try something new was a great way to fill us with joy.