…..It All

Today was a day of “it all.”

At our Princess' swim meet this morning.....she stayed buoyant through it all.
At our Princess’ swim meet this morning…..she stayed buoyant through it all.

Our day started off with our Princess giving it all her best.  She swam in her second Swim meet, and she swam in four different events and did it all well.  She did her personal best in each one.  She was so happy and kept her sweet, excited spirit through it all.

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Our oldest home from college had a photo shoot with a friend this morning.  She loved every minute of it, and the photos were lovely–somehow they managed to capture her spunk and her beauty and her light all at the same time.  These, however, are not those pictures.  This is my goofy girl keeping me laughing, bless it all.  She nearly made me scream when I turned around and saw her with the dog’s head.  When she donned the horse’s head, I only laughed and told her no way I’d put that nasty thing on my head.  She neighed and walked away.  I love how she makes me laugh.  So much.

My little guy who at the beginning of the year could not read.....I love this picture so much.
My little guy who at the beginning of the year could not read…..I love this picture so much.

At one point while we were in the Getting Place looking around, I couldn’t find Cooter.  When I looked down and around, there he was.  Y’all.  For the love of it all.  This little guy amazes me.  At the beginning of this year, he could not read.  And now it’s very common to find him just like this. Tucked away with a book.  Sure, a lot of times he is tucked away trying to keep from cleaning his room or picking up his Lego’s but yes, he’s actually reading, so I count it as a win.  A big one.

And moving on to the category of “Now I’ve seen it all…..” I offer you the following from our adventures today:

Party in the Tub.....need I say more?
Party in the Tub…..it just sells itself, doesn’t it?

Our Princess saw this in one of the Getting Places and was so excited.  “Mama, I’ll start taking baths again if you get me this.”  Ummm, no?  I am actually quite okay with her showering rather than taking baths, so that bargaining point was null and void.  Seriously though, I’d love to see the episode of Shark Tank where the makers tried to pitch this idea.  It’s a light, for your tub–it’s a party in the making!  Because we all need a bath time light show…..ahem. If you have one and love yours, no offense.  I’ve just never heard of such.   Oh my.

And then this.....y'all I'm laughing so hard right now.  It's clever and ridiculous all at the same time.
And then this…..y’all I’m laughing so hard right now. It’s clever and ridiculous all at the same time.

This made me laugh.  I saw this as I was dashing through to meet my crew on the other side of the store.   I had to stop and take a picture though.  Cooter came up asking me what was taking so long, but how could I not?  It’s mesmerizing.  I almost think I need one. Or that someone I know does.  Wouldn’t this be the talk of Christmas morning if I had this wrapped under the tree for that special family or friend?  Shhh.  That’s just between you and me.  I cannot stop laughing or looking at it.  I think it’s clever and ridiculous all at the same time.  Yep.  Somebody’s getting this for Christmas this year.  For sure.

I might just have seen it all, y’all.

Tonight I’m thankful for a day spent with my crew,  a day with no math involved.  (Just kidding, we love math, but some days I’m glad when we take a day off from homeschooling.)  I give thanks for the laughter, the joy, the love, and even the arguing.  Togetherness isn’t always happy happy joy joy, but when it comes right down to it, we know who will be there to see us through it all…..and that’s these folks right here.  I love this crazy bunch of people I share this home with.

May you have a day of celebrating the little things, the “it alls” of life, and may it make you happy too.

Love to all.

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