Today has been one of those days. You know. The kind where I want to rewind and start again. For some reason, up to this point we haven’t had a lot of discipline issues with Noah; he’s generally a really sweet, well-behaved child. Who was nowhere to be found this morning. He was as squirrely as I’ve ever seen him and kept on flat-out disobeying me. He thinks bumping his head on purpose is hilarious (I’m going to destroy those Five Little Monkey Books) and every time I told him not to do it, he laughed and did it again right then and there. I think between 9 and 10:30 he spent more time in the corner than out of it. I even had to start revoking privileges…no dessert today, no froggy boots, no jumping in puddles, and I even packed up his grocery store temporarily. I feel like such a mean Mommy. I blame his behavior on a combination of things: cold rainy weather, teething (those last two molars have been making all of our lives miserable), and sleepiness. Whatever the cause, it drove us both to tears and left me wishing I could have a re-do. But, now that he’s peacefully napping, I’ve had a bit of time to reflect and remember that even on the worst days, there are still reasons to smile. Some are small, some are big, but they’re all joy-bringers. So, here’s my “top ten” list of things I’m thankful for…even today.
Even on our worst day, a Starbucks “treat date” is a great time for Noah and Mama. This afternoon, his only treat was apple juice since he lost his dessert privileges, but we still managed to have some bonding time over books. And, I just heard via Facebook that in just a few weeks, they’re bringing back a coconut mocha frappucino!!! Double yum. I. Can’t. Wait.
It’s hard to describe how I feel when I’m dancing. Free. Energized. Yet at peace. I think it’s mostly just a feeling that I’m doing exactly what I was made to do. Here are two of my favorite dance quotes: