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“I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls off a string.”
Today unfolded like a beautifully written song, crescendoing in all the right places, letting tension build to just the perfect amount, a few tears kissed the rosy little cheeks of my loves and then, finally, a closing with a magnificent and satisfactory grand finale.
It wasn’t that we went anywhere particularly magnificent, or that we did anything extraordinary. But sometimes that’s what makes for the best of melodies… the real, the raw, the perfect enjoyment of right here, right now. The ordinary. With each moment fluid and flowing into the next, a steady stream of thoughts and smiles, laughs and reactions, tears and love.
Some of my favorite moments? Waking to the sound of quiet strumming to his acoustic, the melody of You and Me rasping through his lips. I walked out to the glow of morning sun climbing in through our windows, looked at Chris and said, “That’s hot.” And it was.
Or when I laid my littlest down for nap, and in his quiet voice asking me to stay longer said, “I wuv you soooo much.”
It was the excitement that new pajamas brought to my kids. The same reason I love opening that one box on Christmas Eve and knowing I can slip into the soft, fresh fabric of something new… my littles danced at the surprise of cute little night time duds.
A sweet day it was indeed, the park greeting us with a sunny smile, the pool welcoming a hot mommy and daughter for an afternoon swim where we pretended to paddle our boat away from sharks and ended up lounging on rafts talking about life, and plans and painting projects we decided to do.
I love impromptu decisions with my kids, like planning a project or two in the pool with Aliyah and then heading to Home Depot to find the perfect paint color… my daughter choosing hers solely based on the name. Like dropping every color but Bright Star and then upon realizing that Bright Star was, in fact, a different yellow than the one in her hand, kicking that one to the curb so that the real Bright Star could come home with us.
It’s these beautiful moments, the in-between moments I like to call them… The little things that I want to seared into the very core of my memory. The way Brayden’s tiny pearly whites peak out from behind his curled pink lips when he laughs, or the way Aliyah squints and hides behind her hand when she giggles. The way they fight over one toy until I threaten to take it away and then they play like a perfect pair, their wit getting the best of each other until one falls in laughter. It’s the bear hugs goodnight that turn into a game and kissing Aliyah’s flushed cheeks and the milky skin of Brayden’s forehead for the fourth, fifth, sixth time in the moonlight.
The sweetest of days.
I love finding thrift stores to wander with my kids, laughing our way through one and then ending up sharing a cinnamon sugar pretzel with them at Target as we wander their aisles instead. I love going to the grocery store for food and leaving with flowers to “happy” our kitchen a bit. I love finishing the night with chocolate. And new pajamas.
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Enjoy the rest of your weekend, lovies! No matter how splendid or simple it may be, it can still be sweet.
Tabitha has been named Tampa Bay's most influential mommy blogger and is the writer behind FreshMommyBlog.com as well as hosts her own online cooking show, KitchenWise . She has made appearances on Daytime TV and has been featured multiple times in print and online magazines, other blogs and websites. She's a sought after speaker and has represented many large brands as spokesmodel, including Mitsubishi Motors.
In her own words, "I want to live authentically with as much heart as I can muster, loving those around me to their fullest potential and biggest dreams. Yes, maybe a little dramatic, but living fiercely is part of my make up."