I started off this morning with a little Monday craziness, trying to get as much done as I could to stay ahead of the game this week. It’s so easy to slip into the rabbit hole of anxiety, even if it’s the subconscious version from normal routines–lunches, e-mails, school schedules, etc. I was maybe only forty minutes down the wrong path this morning (go, go, GO!) when I reheated my coffee in the microwave, went to grab the handle and burned my thumb and forefinger so badly, I yanked my hand back, dropped the cup and yelled a bad word. For two seconds, the house went still–everyone stopped and stared to see what was going to happen next.
“I call a do-over,” I said. “Erase everything that just happened, and I’m going to start my Monday the right way now. Sorry ’bout that. Carry on.”
I backed up. I slowed down. I refilled my coffee and enjoyed it. Lainey and I talked about how much fun this week was going to be–a class party, costumes at ballet, trick-or-treating. I took Nella and Dash for a morning walk and paused to say Good Morning to joggers. It wasn’t long before I realized that I had regained power over my week.
True yogis who’ve been meditating for years will tell you it still takes work and practice to guide the mind into a peaceful state. Likewise, I like enjoying the small things, but that doesn’t mean I don’t forget and need a few burnt fingers to remind me from time to time.
So hello. Happy Monday. Let’s take this week’s reigns and guide it where we’d like it to go, shall we? And if the horse goes buckin’ bronco and you fall off? It’s okay. Swear. Get back on.
Thank you for all the kind responses to Elizabeth’s post last week. She was excited about funds growing for Luke’s journey home. You can continue to follow her journey from her blog and help Luke by donating here. This weekend I had the opportunity to hold and love on a baby brought home from the Ukraine through Reece’s Rainbow, and hearing her mama retell the story of her journey was heartbreaking. We also celebrated our fourth Buddy Walk this weekend here in Naples, and I’ll share more about that later this week.
First, a few things enjoyed this past week:
I know a lot of people roll their eyes at early holiday decorations, but they make me happy. I love twinkly lights. My kids love twinkly lights. The stores look so pretty all dolled up with garland and bows and lights. So when we saw the first touch of holiday happiness at a local plaza this week, we had to stop and touch and ooh and ahhh. “It’s a shame we do all that work to decorate our house every Christmas, and it only stays up for a month,” Brett remarked. And then he had that look in his eye that said he was scheming. I won’t be surprised if Clark gets an early start this year.
Night Redemption. He sleeps. Finally. Besides a few “I lost my pacifier” whimpers, we are owning the night again. Definitely something to be enjoyed.
Library visit with Poppa.
And some pumpkin fun.
I’m partnering with Disney in using their Story App, a great tool to unlock all those photos and videos on your phone and release them in sharable stories.
There’s a breeze from open windows in our house right now, and I am loving our weather that’s headed soon toward first fire in the fireplace.
I’m at BabyZone this week sharing 8 Ways to Decorate Nursery Walls with Things You Already Have and over at All Parenting with a little ode to ballet.