“But I want to encourage you not to be TOO tough and too perfect. I want you to be open-hearted and unafraid of feeling what you feel, whether it’s sadness or anger. Having hope for the future, to me, depends on being open to the past in all of its ugliness. Letting in the ugliness will give you a richer appreciation of the present and the future. Building a rock solid marriage and a good relationship with your in-laws depends, in part, on not hiding or trying to be better than you are. I mean, you do have to try, around husbands and in-laws. But you also have to relax and own who you are, and allow yourself a little breathing room. It is truly a miracle, how shiny and new you can feel when you’re with someone who cares about you and supports you and doesn’t fucking disappear the second you get a little sniffly. But it’s also unnerving how forlorn you can feel when something small goes wrong—you don’t get enough sleep, you feel passive-aggressively insulted by your shiny new in-laws (hello, universal, shared rite of passage!), you don’t like the way your shiny new husband changes the subject when you try to talk about your crazy mother for more than a few minutes. It’s ok to admit that the past has a hold on you, that it bleeds into your future sometimes. By pointing this out, I’m not painting your future black. I’m telling you that the future will be richer if the past is included there.”
We played with hoola hoops in aerial tonight!!

We played with hoola hoops in aerial tonight!!

It’s my last week of work and there’s all sorts of fun things planned. Exciting as that is, right now I just want to pour myself a glass of wine and hide in the bedroom with a cheesy movie.

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I thought I was over flash mobs….And then I saw this one.  

And yeah, I totally teared up.  
(Thx Cousin Kristin for the great share!)

I love this!!!! This just made me so happy. 

My weekend involved lavender fields, outdoor bowling and beautiful sunsets. 

It was perfect. 

Another perfect day that ended with me and m’girl sitting together to watch the sun go nigh’ night…..

Another perfect day that ended with me and m’girl sitting together to watch the sun go nigh’ night…..

Happy moments all the time…

Happy moments all the time…

I’ve had an amazing day and been outside for pretty much all of it. Taking a break for Audrey’s bedtime and dinner, then I’m headed back outside. I’m loving the fresh air and am just so content and happy. 

Looking forward to a morning run and another day in the sunshine! 

The bad part about being the “mom friend” is that when there’s no problems you start to feel a little abandoned.