Monday, February 18, 2013

Rose-Colored Glasses

The fake smile she gives me when I won't stop bugging her for a picture ;)
There's been a lot of talk lately about how Mama bloggers lives seem perfect and peachy 24/7. Blogs full of filtered pictures of little ones smiling and the sun shining bright, never a stray hair in their face or messy clothes. I'll be the first to admit that my blog may seem that way. I post happy pictures and write about the fun things we do and experience. However, I have reasons for that. My life is not perfect and peachy 24/7 and I'll be the first to admit it.
I get credit for being a good mom, but the truth is, I'm a TYPICAL mom raising a TYPICAL toddler. There are phrases I repeat on a daily basis like, "don't splash all of your bath water out of the tub," "stop throwing things across the room," "you shouldn't pull your pants down in public," or the infamous "don't dump your plate out on the floor!" She challenges me in every way, just like any other toddler would. And sometimes, I don't react in the best way. I am a very patient person 90% of the time. But sometimes, we react in ways we don't mean to. We're all human.We all make mistakes, and we all have bad days. 
When I started this blog, I wanted it to be a place of happiness. I wanted family to be able to read about the fun we have. I wanted to be able to share this with Madi when she's older and can appreciate all of the work I put into it. I wanted to share all of it with whomever wanted to read it. The reason for this blog is NOT to get on here and vent about how tired I am, or how many problems I have, or this or that. Everyone in this world is carrying burdens, everyone. I understand that. I have my own set of them. This blog is not here to push mine onto other people.
So, I write and post about the happy in our life.That is not me trying to be fake, or convince anyone that I live a perfect life in fairytale land. Because that is not the case. My personal pet peeve is people that are constantly looking at the bad, and ignoring the good. In a world where bad seems to be far more prevalent than good, this is my refuge. I can look and reminsice and smile. I hope that you do too, knowing that I'm sharing my piece of happiness with you.
Some pieces of happiness from the last few days:
900+ calories burned before 10am on a Saturday makes for a very happy day.
Hot cocoa in my favorite mug while studying.
Exploring outside with Madi for hours. Her natural curiousity is amazing.
This cute little stone turtle to put in my garden.
What makes you happy?
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