In honor of spring, a list of some things making me happy right now:
Finley curling up next to me during my quiet mornings.
Hailey and Kaitlyn playing the piano. As someone with zero musical talent it amazes me how quickly they’ve learned and how they’ll just go practice because “it’s fun.”
The library. I’ve been utilizing the reserve option and finally got my hands on Flour, Water, Salt, Yeast. I secured the Tale of Sorcery (the third book in the spin off of Land of Stories) for Hailey, as well as some Encyclopedia Browns. We’re still working on finding what books excite Kaitlyn the most. She still prefer picture books on the human body more than most any other option.
Completing a couple more months in my family albums. This is how I make ours. I am SO behind. I’m currently in October of 2020. My kids love looking through these and they are such special keepsakes, so I’m determined to catch up. I could do one month a day, but I know I won’t, so I’m shooting for one month a week until I’m caught up.
Longer daylight hours. Sunshine is life!
Reading Harry Potter with popcorn and bubbly water. We are chapter 11 of The Deathly Hallows. The experience of reading these with them over the years will forever be one of my favorite memories of their childhood.
Researching which medicinal herb books to get and playing around with the idea of canning. You can put me back on the prairie with Ma Ingalls at any point and I wouldn’t complain.
Anticipation of seeing the ocean this weekend. It’s been… over a year? Two? I’m not sure, but I’m craving it. Sure, we’ll mostly be at the soccer field (tournament), but still… excited!
Cottage cheese. I’m having a moment. Only Good Culture though, because it’s the best.
Real life. Planting my seedlings, talking with friends, working out with David, evening walks as a family, quick and friendly exchanges with strangers at the store, group family text chains, researching curriculum, checking on the wildflower seeds I threw around, sitting on the porch listening to David play the guitar, snuggling with Kaitlyn, watching Hailey sketch…
And on that note…
I’m having a moment of being disenchanted with Instagram. Not for the people; I love the community I hang out with in that virtual space- so many lovely, interesting, engaging friends. But I’m disenchanted because it pulls me away from these real life moments that I’m really treasuring right now.
Working on picture albums lately has only highlighted what I already know, the years move fast. I love my life and the people in it and am one of those people that romanticizes and savors it. Instagram scrolling often leaves me feeling drained yet addicted. By contrast, living in the real world and blogging makes me feel peace and contentment.
I’m playing around with what to do with this acknowledgment. I don’t feel compelled to give it up, but my maybe finding a concrete way to take away away some of it’s priority in my life? I’ve also found muting accounts or unfollowing helpful lately.
I don’t have anything concrete on this front, but just something I’ve been noodling around. It’s not unusual for me to waver back and forth between sentiments on the subject, so I don’t have any real conclusions. But maybe experimenting with some potential solutions?
I am curious though… can you relate? Do you have Instagram? How much time do you spend on it? Afterwards, how do you feel?
And by comparison, what is something that makes you feel lit up inside? Just a thought to ponder as we head into the weekend… and if you’re up for sharing your thoughts with me in the comments… I’d love to read them.