We're nearly half-way through our first week of summer break. Half of us are sick with some kind of awful head cold thing and we've been stuck at home watching Disney movies all day long. I hate it when my kids are sick but I seem to hate it twice as much when we are sick during the summer, it just seems so unfair and just plain wrong. Apparently lots of awful stuff is going around, like a stomach bug. I am so glad that's not us.
Did you notice the photo at the top of this blog post? It's an instagram of a song I was listening to earlier this week. I didn't download it, so if you do and it's got something offensive in it, I apologize, but I love the preview of it on iTunes. I so feel like that right now. There is just only so much whining, demanding, complaining and general bellyaching that you can listen to in one day!
|The clouds were so beautiful on our walk this evening!|
|Watching the siblings play outside|
I'll never forget something that was said to me during our first parent-teacher conference. She said "You spend a lot of time with your daughter, don't you. I can tell. It really shows." In that moment I had one of those mountain-top perspective-altering moments when I realized how much it had meant to her and all of the things that she'd learned just by being around me. Even in the middle of my mess, even though there had been times when I cried on her bedroom floor praying I wasn't doing everything wrong, praying she wouldn't remember this awful day we'd had, even though there were days I could barely get off the couch, somehow it had made a difference and had set her apart as an excellent student.
Don't get me wrong - please don't hear me say that I think that stay at home moms are the best in the world. I really hate that stereotype and I love the times I've been able to work and volunteer outside the home, sometimes it was what I needed to help me feel a little more sane. Right now I am working from home, teaching photography classes and mentoring budding professional photographers.