At the risk of sounding like an Alanis Morissette song I’ll say this:
THANK YOU Thunderstorms. THANK YOU Downpours. THANK YOU, THANK YOU Inclement Weather.
Truly, thank you.
Today Mitchell was supposed to work all day at the new house.
This evening I was supposed to have a photo shoot.
We were only supposed to cross paths long enough to swap child-care duties, and take Matilda to her friend’s birthday party.
But this weather! This gloomy, awful weather. It was actually pretty glorious for us.
First things first, Mitchell could not go to the site and install interior headers. It wouldn’t be wise or safe. No he couldn’t. And how in the world could I meet up with a family for an outdoor session when it was coming down cats and dogs and critters of all kinds? When we were being threatened with tornadoes?
No, I couldn’t either.
So this morning because we could not do these other things, we slept in. We cooked and sat down and ate breakfast as a family(!) We played a few rounds of the card game crazy 8 after that. We tidied up and put laundry away. We got dressed. The six of us took a trip to the grocery store where we filled two carts and spent well over three hundred dollars and obviously also went nuts. Because over $300?!
What in the @#$% did we buy?
Why, we bought all the things of course! At a point I threw a jar of Kimchi on top of the pile. And Mitchell was like Kimchi? Really?
And I was like Okay yeah. You’re right. Skip the Kimchi this time.
We came home together. We made lunch together. Ate it together. Watched a movie together. Played in the basement together. Made dinner together. Ate it together. Sat around and played more card games together.
I cannot tell you the last time the six of us were able to spend an entire day together. TOGETHER.
And for all that together time, the kids were actually a bit quieter. Mitchell and I yelled far less than normal. I caught him smiling at me.
I smiled a lot more than normal today.
More than once I heard Mitchell say I could be working today. I could be sheeting the second floor. I could be……
And even though I though how nice it would be to already have the photo shoot behind me. I could have one less shoot before Thanksgiving. I could have that done….
The Alanis in me can’t help bustin’ out with the Thank You’s.
I really needed to smile a lot more today. So thanks gray skies and shitty weather. You are the best and I love you.
Some pictures from around……….
At least once a day Oscar requests a dance party. I turn the radio up. Sometimes jumping/climbing = dancing.
Doughnuts in the sunshine.
And this one. Practicing for our Christmas card photo….. I like to leave the one on the actual card a surprise!
So maybe you won’t have to wait for your sunshine after the rain either. Maybe there’s something to celebrate about the rain itself?
Maybe. Wishing you well in this week ahead.