Wednesday, April 15, 2015
The kids dyed eggs, melted crayons over hot eggs, painted bird houses, went to an Easter carnival at the park where they ate cotton candy, pop-corn, donuts, cookies and collected a few of the 10,000 eggs that were part of the not-so-hidden Easter egg hunt. All-in-all they got more candy than Halloween. They also met the Easter Bunny, Maggie was convinced it was not the real thing.
Michelle made a ham, deviled eggs, potato casserole and green beans. She also made giant chocolate covered peanut butter eggs (which are currently only half-eaten). Even with all the good food, I think I ate more candy than real food, which might explain why I can't lose weight.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The worst moments are when you break. It is almost always over something benign, like when a child demands the pink cup instead of the yellow one. Suddenly, I've found myself screaming at my kids until they are all crying. Those are surely the worst moments.
But the best moments are simple. They happen more frequently than I realized when I was the stay-at-home dad. It is hard to see them when you are in the throes of life. But just watching a child's amazing curiosity over a rock or their enjoyment of simply being. My favorite part of the day is sitting outside with Emma in my arms watching Maggie and Henry run around. Emma is my little observer, she enjoys watching her siblings with me. When she is not watching, she is climbing. It's amazing how much joy she gets from her accomplishment. It's these moments that are easy to miss, when there is always something else that needs to be done but I've never regretted spending time with my kids, free from distraction and just learning to enjoy being.