Simple Joys

The other day, I was wondering aloud why I turn into a crazy person around 5pm each day. (Joe’s helpful response: “I don’t know. I’m not here during the day.”) The so-called witching hour is a real thing, and the two-ish hours from 5-7 every evening feel like the last stretch of a marathon. Or so I hear, because I don’t hate myself enough to run for 26.2 miles. Anyway, none of us are usually at our best at that time, and there’s a good chance someone will end up in timeout or in tears, if not both. It’s hard to see past the exhaustion and frustration (HOW many times during one meal do I have to tell someone not to put her fork in her hair?!) to all the sweet moments that are what really keep us going sometimes.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s enough sass in a given day to make me dread the teenage years, but there’s also a lot of simple joys, too. I hope that someday, when I look back to when the girls were small, I’ll remember that it was hard (always keeping it real), but I’ll also recall all the cute, funny, loving parts, too. The little moments that I wish I could just freeze in time and save for later.

I want to remember:

how Grace makes up sweet little songs to Gemma, usually telling her that she’s her best friend

how Sophie sets up a meal of play food at the coffee table, then sits down and says her prayers before eating

when the girls turned the coffee table into a bunk bed

when I come across the girls reading to each other
IMG_0325IMG_0328IMG_0327how Gemma loves playing with the vent cover

how proudly Sophie says, “I did it myself!!”

listening to them play school and Mass

the feeling of being trapped under a baby who fell asleep eating
IMG_0326all the funny places I find stickers

the look on Grace’s face as she realizes she read something correctly

the way Sophie tucked her yellow blanket, her most prized possession, around Gemma

when the girls play hide-and-seek, telling each other where they will hide, then laughing when they find each other like it was a surprise the whole time

hearing the funny chatter as they share a snack

when Gemma does her scrunchy face at us
IMG_0329There are so many instances throughout the day to pause and soak in the beauty of little moments–nothing extraordinary, but little reminders that even though it can be tiring and exasperating, this life really is sweet.

11 Responses to "Simple Joys"

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  1. Theresa

    October 30, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Love this!!!!

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  2. Justine

    October 30, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    This is a really good reminder. The day seems so long by the time you get to 5-7. I need to make lists like this all of the time. And I love Sophia’s little bun in her hair 😉

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  3. Margaret

    October 30, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    One of your sweetest blogs ever.

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  4. Lisa

    October 30, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    That scrunchy face is so sweet! And I love the table to bunk bed bit. 🙂

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  5. Sara LaBruzzo

    October 30, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    So so so sweet! And what would the world be like without children books?!

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  6. ana

    October 31, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    So beautiful, Francine! Joe does that same face and I gets everyone rolling. Every. Single. Time.

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  7. Laura

    October 31, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    This is so beautiful and I can relate to so many of these instances – as I sit here trapped under my sleeping babe :)! Thanks for sharing! I need to savor more of these simple joys throughout my day… Especially around five o clock!!

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  8. J-Mom

    November 1, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Great post !! Yes, it is important to stop, breath, and be able to enjoy the small beautifies of the moments.

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  9. Sara LaBruzzo

    November 2, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Just re-reading your sweet post and noticed the little princess sticker on sleeping Gemma’s chest. I assume that was placed gently by Sophie. 😀

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  10. Jacob

    November 2, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Ha! I can picture Grace’s face when she realizes she read something correctly!

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  11. Kritter

    January 6, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    So dang cool, made me smile and cry as I was reading those joyful moments. What a great family you have

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