My life seems pretty boring lately, but sometimes that's just what I need. Slow moments just spent at home, no plans and without a schedule.
These days most of us are living busy over-scheduled lives. It's easy to lose track of the moments that really matter, which can often be the most ordinary parts of our days. In the midst of all the responsibilities of our day, we need to remember to check in with ourselves so that we don't lose sight of who we really are and what is really important to us. This series, #TheDailyMoments was started by my good friend @steph.pollock and as soon as I saw her first post, and when she said,
It's these small moments that make up a lifetime of beautiful ones,
I knew this was something I needed to join in on.
If I haven't told you enough yet, I am not a morning person. If I had it my way I would lay in bed until 9, drink my coffee, listen to morning acoustic radio on Spotify and scroll the gram or pin all the things. But as any parent knows, once you have kids, you say goodbye to all things slow in the morning.
Finn has been waking up about 6am without fail these days, and he is READY to go. He rolls out of bed, stands on his bed and opens his blinds (the half almost breaking them way) to see if the sun is up, which obvi it is [insert eye roll emoji]. Then he grabs all his favorite stuffed animals, turns off his sound machine, walks to his door and as he exits turns on his light, the hall light and everything else in between before barging into our room asking, "Mom, where's dad?"
But this morning was different. [you should know we potty trained him almost 6 weeks ago, but it isn't perfect yet]. This morning, I heard the blinds, I heard his door open and then as I waited for our door to open, I heard his little run down the hallway instead. I waited a few minutes to see if I heard him playing in the playroom, or getting a yogurt from the fridge [which generally comes after the "mom, where's dad part"] and I didn't hear any of that. I laid there wishing that maybe, just maybe he went back to bed, but then, I get worried with the silence, and finally jumped out of bed. Just as I walked down the hall, I heard him say, "Mom stay out!" He was in the bathroom, undressed mind you, and had his diaper halfway off about to use the potty ALL BY HIMSELF!! Say what?! You heard me. He got out of bed, went to the bathroom, took off his diaper and pooped on the toilet, without my help!! Hallelujah!
I promptly demanded a cookie at 6:03am and stormed off saying, "I don't need pants!" So please excuse the fact that all of the following images are mostly either in his underwear or naked. That's life and I didn't feel like fighting him today. Xx Oo little man, you win.
Typical Day at the Wells casa includes Paw Patrol, Booba on Netflix or a Disney movie; Bolt + Chicken Little are currently on repeat. While Finn eats his breakfast, I either drink my tea, do the dishes or follow up on emails. Sometimes I edit photos or plan my future Instagram posts for the week. [Yes, not all of my posts are spontaneous, most of them are planned days in advance and I adjust the captions for my mood that day]. Today, after we built forts and then tore them down, we headed to the playroom and I shopped for Finn's new playroom makeover while he basically tore everything apart and hid all his toys in his wall storage thingy.
I cant wait for the new space because most of the stuff that's currently in there is from his first nursery almost 3 years ago! The new room is going to have all the Bohemian Oasis feels with lots of natural colors and organic textiles. I already ordered this awesome green velvet futon and this storage ottoman that will double as seating and toy wrangling. I can already picture him having playdates with his friends and finding them building forts and falling asleep in there. I'm working on an inspiration board blog post for the space and when it's done, I'll insert it here. ;-) . But for now, here's a sneak peek.
side note: If you haven't looked at H&M home, you're missing out. But be warned, check the sizing! I order things thinking they are life size, and almost every time they come looking like they belong in a dollhouse. But, we've gotten tons of great things from there! Ordering this cute cutting board for Finn's Ikea Kitchen makeover hack cause I know it will be the perfect "small" size!
When all my chores are done and I'm done working for a bit, I usually try and get Finn outside before naptime. We go back and forth from the front yard to the back, from paying soccer, jumping on the trampoline and playing in the "pool." [Husband refuses to get a small pool because he is afraid of the mold]. I know, I know...
Today, Finn asked to take our 13 years old girl, Daisy for a walk. And so we did.
These ceramic mushrooms came from a little artsy fair in Laguna Beach called, Sawdust. Have you guys ever been?? When I met my husband, he was living in Laguna Beach and I was in Manhattan Beach so every year when I came to visit we would go to this art fair. The lady who makes these has been making them and selling them at the fair for years. The first couple of years we went, we would say to each other, who buys those? This year, the year we bought our first home in southern California together, we went back and we both said, let's get those! We decided to get one for every year we visit the fair from now on and I can't wait to fill our new home with a bunch of these little mushrooms!
I've said it before but i'll say it again, Daddy is the fun one! He jumps on the trampoline with him, he runs around the house with him and he even let's him use the hose. I tried to be the fun one today and let Finn help me fill up the pool and then I turned around and found myself the target. Drenched to my knees in water, it was finally nap time!
The first thing he does when he wakes up from nap time is ask where Daddy is, and runs outside to see if he's home. He usually helps him take off his shoes and changes his clothes and before I know it they are back in the backyard playing the pool again!
Some days I want to keep him up all night and play and other nights I can't wait to get through bath time and get him to bed to I can have a cocktail and a real dinner that he wouldn't even think of touching. Tonight we had caprese salad my way, and my favorite homeade margarita with fresh lemons and limes and a splash of squirt. So good. And that's how we do it over here at #thewellscasa. Goodnight.
Just as Steph did, I am inviting you to do the same, join us in this movement of letting life be more enjoyable just by letting it be exactly what it is. Tag your photos with #thedailymoments so we can all share in the joy of the simple moments that make up a lifetime of happiness.