Happy Saturday, friends.
We made it through this week! I don’t know about you, but Mercury Retrograde and grief have been kicking my butt. The miscommunication and just general exhaustion from Mercury wipe me out every time. And helping my mom with funeral arrangements this week was rough, too. But despite the craziness in the cosmos and in my own life, I had a few moments this week that brought me joy. I want to share them with you in case you are looking for a pick me up. Here goes!
Crying Through Cheer
Last Sunday, I sat on my couch and re-watched the Netflix series Cheer. If you haven’t seen it, the show follows the Navaro Bulldogs Cheerleading team from Corsicana, Texas on their quest to win a National Championship. What blew me away about the series is how the team absolutely refused to give up. Through injuries, disappointments, personal pains, etc., the group stayed committed to their goal. I don’t remember what I was doing at 19, but I know that it didn’t require that level of work. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who may still want to watch it, but just know that I cried hard at the end. Definitely check it out if you are inspired by seeing people work hard to achieve something great.
Watching Lenny Write
My son absolutely loves writing. Ever since we bought him an easel with crayons & markers this summer, it’s been his thing. A few weeks ago, I purchased some pens for journaling. Once Lenny laid eyes on them, it was over! He has been climbing onto my desk, opening closets, and doing whatever it takes to get to them. At this point, I’m convinced he’d scale the Great Wall of China if they’d get him closer to my supplies. But watching him concentrate to write and talk about what he’s writing for sometimes hours at a time is magical. To know that the tiny human I carried inside me has his own thoughts and imagination is mind-blowing. I absolutely love watching this little person grow. What a gift it is to be his mom.
This past week, I was in the mood for salad. I usually crave greens during summer, but we’ve been having pretty warm fall weather here in Atlanta. So I chopped up lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, and whatever else I could find. And although sometimes I don’t feel like coming up with anything for dinner, making salad pushes me to be creative. Each salad was shared with my family and they seemed to enjoy them, too.
Sitting on the Couch with Hubby
When’s the last time you really sat down with your spouse? And I don’t mean sitting down to discuss bills, meals for the week, or how bad traffic was on the way home. I mean slowing down long enough to embrace their presence. Sometimes, Tony and I can go for weeks at a time without doing this. And we’ve been really bad about consistent date nights. It often feels like we’re just pushing from one week to the next. But last week, Tony and I snuggled close on the couch and watched Lenny play. We talked about how fast he’s growing, and how nice it was to just be together. As much as I love that Tony is a dad, teacher, grad student, etc, sometimes it’s nice to just have him be mine. I love being married to him and I’m grateful to have these bits of time with him.
Visiting the Pumpkin Patch
My final moment of joy from this week was brought to you by a field trip. This Thursday, we met my niece and her twins at a local pumpkin patch. Although I really love fall, this was our first time getting out to pick a pumpkin. I normally just buy a few from the grocery store. But I must admit, our visit was so much fun. The littles enjoyed a corn maze, a bounce house, petting rabbits, and touching every pumpkin they could find. Lenny was enamored by the Cinderella variety, so we let him pick one out to bring home. Overall, it was an awesome way to spend a weekday morning. We’re going to try to squeeze in one more visit before pumpkin season is over.
I hope these moments brought a little joy your way. What are the small things making you smile right now? Let me know in the Comments down below.
Thanks for reading,