The Niners game isn’t the only excitement around here today. We could really use a win. Really.
Lesson #1: A 6-year old mini golf party is an awesome idea. That is, until you set 15 sugared up boys loose with golf clubs.
Lesson #2: If it’s possible to throw out your neck opening a jar of baby food (and it is), I’ll do it (and I did).
Lesson #3: When Big’s teacher asked him to come up with a display of things your family can easily collect in a quantity of 100 for their 100-day celebration, I was relieved that he didn’t immediately come up with wine corks.
Lesson #4: Preschool teachers are saints. (I really can’t say it enough.)
Lesson #5: My boys’ obsession with track pants may rival Sue Sylvester’s.
Lesson #6: Sometimes kids use someone else’s words to knock some sense into you. The other day while I was in Big’s class to read books with him, he chose How Full is Your Bucket, For Kids. The book starts with a frantic mom yelling at her kids to get out the door to the bus in the morning. He looked at me and said, “Hey, this reminds me of you.” The story goes on to illustrate that every interaction we have either builds someone up or tears them down. We’ve all been working on filling each others’ buckets since, and I can’t help but see buckets drip a little bit when I lose my patience.
Lesson #7: When kids are tucked in bed, bucket filling suddenly seems easier. When Little couldn’t sleep last night, I laid in there telling him all the reasons I loved him, thinking it may be an empty bucket that had him restless. (Though I’m afraid I dozed off long before he did, my bucket quite full from all the cuddles and smiles.)
Lesson #8: Sometimes I’m more right than I want to be. It was a bucket issue—only the bucket is filling up in a very different way than I had hoped for. Yep, the stomach flu has officially hit Little. And thanks to those cuddles and smiles, my bucket will probably be full soon too.
Lesson #9: The best part of the stomach flu? Popsicles for lunch.
Lesson #10: My kids couldn’t possibly love all their grandparents more than they do.
Here’s to hoping you find your imaginary bucket full and your real ones empty this week.
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I always love hearing from you! Thanks so much for reading and laughing along.
My Middle One is doing the bucket thing as a classroom management tool in his first grade class this year. It was a not-so-gentle reminder to me this year when the book came home for him to share. Yikes I was a bucket emptier I think.:(
Here’s to a week of full buckets-the good kind.
Big’s preschool used it as the theme for the year his first year too. Back when I had a toddler and a baby and no bus to catch in the morning. Reading it again a couple years later, it really hit me hard (I even teared up reading it). Time to work on filling a bit more. I have no doubt you’re a filler, but nobody’s perfect.
You are a wonderful Mom with high hopes and great expectations! Be sure to take time everyday to add some to your own bucket so you’ll have more to give to those precious little ones and their little buckets. Love you!