While taking time to be with my family has been what I really needed these past few weeks, I’ve missed writing and laughing about the little things that make life so sweet. So I’m back at it. Because my dad laughed at even my worst jokes, and I know he’d want me to keep on making people smile. (With the help of my kiddos, of course.)
Lesson #1: If laughter is the best medicine, then kids are the extra strength version. (Though some days lately I don’t find them quite as funny as I should. Like when my little artist expressed himself so much today that even his bath water was feeling blue.)
Lesson #2: Baby smiles (and giggles) are like a drug. They bring even the most civilized people (no, I’m not referring to myself) to their knees and you’ll do anything for a just a little bit.
Lesson #3: All of the following are perfectly good excuses to skip preschool when you’re two:
• I’m sick. (What feels sick?) My feet. Especially my toes.
• My teacher throws water balloons at me.
• So-and-so punches. (While for most kids this would be valid, mine is constantly begging his brother (and me) to fight him.)
• They only have farm animals. No lions and leopards.
Lesson #4: The most fun thing about learning to dress yourself is that every day is backwards day. (Which means it’s a good thing those little holes in the front of the underwear are just for show at this point.)
Lesson #5: When you use the iPhone timer to remind your potty training kid that it’s time to try again, don’t be surprised if they suddenly feel the urge to go every time your phone (or anyone else’s for that matter) rings.
Lesson #6: Buying season tickets to your local college football games the year you have a newborn and a potty trainer? Not so smart. (Don’t worry, we’re still hardcore Bruin fans, but the local school with a lone tree for a mascot sure puts on a good show.)
Lesson #7: It’s time to reevaluate your kids’ diet when one of them says, “I want a healthy snack today. Like marshmallows.”
Lesson #8: Our boys’ conflict resolution improves drastically as movie night (and the threat of losing it) is approaching.
Lesson #9: Babies have a crazy sixth sense. Like when you’re in a department store dressing room for the first time in months and they decide to suddenly grow out of their reflux medication dosage and develop an extreme case of separation anxiety.
Lesson #10: There’s nothing like having a baby shower, wedding and funeral in a matter of 2 weeks to remind you of the circle of life.
Hug a little tighter and laugh a little harder this week. It’s so worth it.