Having structure in the day really helps. It helps me and it helps the kids to know what to expect. It make everyone feel comfortable. If you have a child who has night terrors like I do, you know when your kid is sick or has recently been sick, the night terrors are bound to be more likely. That was the case last night so i tried to keep things calm today. Routine is so important on these days and because Bubba couldn't go to school yet, it was my job as a Mama to make things predictable for him. Having a routine really helps to cut back on the night terrors. I can't stress that enough.
I tried keeping with the schedule of his school in the morning, and let him know that if he felt better by afternoon we would all get some fresh air. I let him know what he could expect all day and what we coming next. It worked out great and I even got all three to nap at once. (I napped too, of course!) The days where I felt I HAD to rush off to clean, clean, clean, when the kids are asleep are gone. I now realize that getting rest too and having time to fill back up is way more important. A run-down Mama leads to cranky kids, which leads to an irritated Mama, which leads to a big ugly cycle of negativity. Mamas, take care of YOURSELF during the day and you will see a positive impact on your kids too. I swear! It works.
Here are a few shots of the afternoon. It ended up being a lovely day. I hope you all had lovely days too.
|The "big kids" were so exited to shuck the corn and they did a great job!|
|Bubbles make every kids happy.|
|and snacks.......they make Chica happy. :)|
|Marmalade concentrating on making the perfect bubble.|
|Now that Chica is crawling, she loves to explore the yard. Oh look Mama! I found some water the from rain earlier today.|
|Splash! (Let them have fun and don't be uptight about a mess. Kids are washable.)|
|Despite that I already bathed all of them earlier in the day, I said it was ok to play inthe sand. Bubba was pretending they were at the beach. I like that thought and I love their imaginations.|
|They all love the sandbox this year. Marmalade is screaming "Hi Mama!"|
|View from the yard.|
|Chica is still amazed by the water!|
|Our little happy corner of the world.|
|Chica practicing her standing.|
|It is so great to see all my babies playing in the yard.|
|They are all playing together, yet doing their own thing. I love that.|
|The Three Musketeers!|
|My three bums. Love. Love, and Love.|
Then, it was onto playing frisbee and ball, while Chica crawled around the yard. Daddy looked on, relaxing for a minute after a hard day's work. For a moment, everything felt just right. Moments like that usually don't last, but when you get one, breathe it in and be grateful! I did, and I am grateful for having such an amazing family that I love so dear.
I hope your Mondays were filled with love and sunshine too.
Love, Peace, and Sandy Feet,