As a parent we have so many expectations that are immediately crushed by reality. Winter break has brought that epiphany to light in recent days. Before children, I remember watching those Rice Cripsy Treat commercials with the happy mom and her kids working over a hot stove while melting marshmallows and stirring in Rice Crispies. Everyone is wearing cute holiday sweaters, the house is beautifully decorated without a mess in site.
Everyone is smiling.
Everyone is happy.
Everyone is getting along.
This is not reality, at least not my reality. Reality is messy. Reality throws in curve balls and changes your plans in an instant. Throw kids into the mix and everything becomes unpredictable.
Case in point: I spent a whole week planning different activities for my boys to do during winter break. I planned a play date at a local bounce house, baking + decorating sugar cookies, lunches out to visit their dad at work, taking my oldest to buy presents for his little brother + one special person of his choosing, some Christmas crafts, and of course some hot chocolate and movie time! Let’s not forget the opportunity to sleep in from not having to get to school before 8am!
It is 3 days into C’s break and I have been woken at 1am two nights in a row to comfort a scared/sick little boy, we have visited the ER at 7am, been to 3 different pharmacies looking for a specific medication (that no one seems to have), Little J has decided to enter the terrible-twos stage, and I’ve completely dropped the ball on the Elf On The Shelf.
This is not what I had planned. I mean honestly, the best part of my day was buying a coffee that I still haven't even finished and it is 2pm.
It is times like these that all I can do is sit back and laugh because let's be honest it could be a whole lot worse.
Moral of the story: our lives are not commercials. They are not perfect; our lives are meant to be messy, but they are beautifully messy. Afterall, if everything went as planned we would never have any good stories to tell.
So when life throws you a curve, improvise. Find happiness in the unexpected and embrace the chaos.
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