My kids were here.

by Melody on October 17, 2012

{The only time in my 2-year old’s life that he is calm is when he’s sleeping.  I could never get these feet to slow down long enough to capture those sweet little toes.}

The parenting of toddlers can be tedious and exhilarating and frustrating and just plain crazy at times.  In the midst of each day, while I’m knee deep in laundry, preschool carpools, running to the grocery store, explaining to a 4-year old why he can’t hit his brother with {insert object here}, I often fail miserably at appreciating the sweet moments.

At the beginning of the year, I started a One Sentence Journal which has been amazing for recording some of the heartwarming and/or hilarious things that my kids do or say.  However, what I don’t want to miss or forget is those little reminders they leave behind.

After the kids go to bed or even if they go visit Grandma for a few hours, I find myself noticing the details again.  A car tucked under the couch in the living room.  A pirate patch under the baker’s rack in the kitchen.  The basketball in the laundry room that was hid because “I didn’t want my brother to have it”.  These things are so poignant to me.  In the day to day, I find myself frustrated at the little things left behind.  When the calm hits after the storm, they make me a little wistful.

I’d like to share a different photo each week, something that throws me right back into those little moments of joy.  Something that reminds me.  My kids were here.

If you have blogged (or would like to blog) about similar moments in your children’s lives, I will be adding a link-up to the end of each post starting next week.  If you do not have a blog and have a photo you would like to share, go ahead and send the photo to me at beautifulfrugallife {at} gmail {dot} com with the subject title “My Kids Were Here”.  Please include a paragraph or two letting us know what the photo means to you or what moment it represents.

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