yesterday I took my youngest on a coffee date - hot cocoa and snacks in the van, chatting about all the things a four year old chats about. as soon as we got home, my other girls asked when they’d get to go, too. so, today I woke up and made plans to take each of them on their own little excursion. nothing has ever been more offensive to Eloise - that I would dare to spend time with her sisters, too. being little is hard. but as I tried to coax her out of her slump, with absolutely no luck, my oldest quietly snuck up beside her and whispered, “wanna go play some candyland?” she looked up at him and nodded, big brother mending her little heart, and making mine melt into a puddle all at once. . . . #luteandeloise #oldestandyoungest #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodvibes #bigfamilylove #bigbrothers #littlesisters #lutethomas #eloiseglenda #mylittleloves
managing my kids distance learning has given me a deeper glimpse into their little personalities. my girls are pretty hard on themselves if they don’t get something totally right the very first time they do it. we’ve had many conversations about the fact that we aren’t born knowing how to spell or do math or do... really anything? so enjoy the learning and getting better and go easy on yourself. don’t we do that too? we can be so hard on ourselves for not getting everything exactly right all of the time, when in reality that’s impossible. seeing things my kids are going through is a pretty clear reflection of the things I have to process for myself. the good news is that we’re all in this together, there’s always room to grow, and if we can embrace that and maybe even enjoy it, we’re all right where we’re supposed to be.
day hiking with this crew and it was so beautiful and the main attraction for all of them was the snack situation in the backpack. always.
splurged on a Mickey waffle maker at the beginning of quarantine life and have zero regrets. especially when it occurred to me that we could make ice cream sandwiches with them 😍 have you bought anything during quarantine you might not have otherwise?
word is yesterday was “eat whatever you want day”, which is my new favorite holiday. I’m throwing it back to strolling the streets of San Diego, sharing hawaiian shaved iced with my girls under the palm trees. I’d eat that again in a flash, especially if it involved getting on an airplane and putting my feet in the sand. what are you dreaming of eating today? #francesivahandeloise
a few days ago my husband told me that he booked a hotel room for Mother’s Day. he checked their cleaning policies 🤓 and told me to pack up my thieves spray and enjoy a night by myself. honestly, my first reaction was total guilt. but, after eight weeks of lockdown, this was the dreamiest getaway ever, just three miles from home. I watched Netflix, caught up on some work stuff, slept, sipped wine and coffee (not together). mostly, I soaked up the quiet... I miss them, but do you think they’ll notice if I stay one more night?
she asked to take a bath by herself and this might be the best thirty minutes of her whole week. #eloiseglenda
“let me have the guitar so I can rock the candy.” still not sure what that means, but I do hope she becomes everything she wants to be... right now that’s a singer with a pink guitar/a princess in sequins/and the version of Annie that beats all the boys up in the alley 😅 it’s fine, we’re all fine. #eloiseglenda
I yelled more than once today. I decided to take myself out of the equation for a few minutes and hit the drive thru of my neighborhood coffee spot and add vanilla to my americano. I’ve actually been mostly surprised at how we’ve all gotten along and stayed in sync as a family through all this... but today, man. (and maybe yesterday, too.) the bickering and battling and keeping kids quiet during work calls and trying to “teach” four different grade levels... it’s kind of a lot. any other mamas feeling it right now? I’ve had lots of opportunities to apologize this week... and it’s only Tuesday 🥴