I will keep this post short because I already wrote a mid-challenge post on it and I don't want to bore you.
Although, overall, I enjoyed the challenge, I admit that towards the end it because a little more of an obligation and less of a fun daily activity. Not because I didn't have time for fun, or because I was too busy for fun, but because some days you're doing, and not necessarily recording what you're doing.
If I took my kids swimming, for example, that would make me happy and would probably qualify for a post. But it would be pretty lame for me to hop out of the pool, leave my kids in the water unsupervised and snap a few pictures of their subsequent drowning just so I could get my daily post. So I'd end up posting a picture of a huge grasshopper or something. Birds sitting on a telephone wire.
In that way, the challenge seemed to encourage recording rather than being - getting behind the camera rather than being part of the action. I know, it takes just a second to snap a picture - but it's not the time I'm thinking about, it's the state of mind. I think in general we should focus more on doing what we're doing and being present in the moment - and less on recording it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
The challenge did serve as a good reminder to choose happiness, each and every day, especially when you get bogged down in the chore of routine lunch-making, dinner-making, dish-washing, laundry-folding, tooth-brushing, bottom-wiping, working, driving, working out ...
I admit, I had a few rough days during the past 100 days. Days where I cleaned up poop and pee multiple times off the carpet or every surface of the bathroom. Days where the kids fought and whined and cried and tattled and ninja-jumped off the couch and ended up bruised and bloodied. Days where my husband and I fought over my driving, his driving, toenail clipping, child-rearing. Days where it was difficult to come up with anything to post during the 100 Happy Days Challenge. But still - I found something, every day for 100 days.
We have so much to be happy about, and it IS important and refreshing to celebrate that, every day.
That being said, I will, post below things that have recently made me unhappy. Just for fun.
Let's see if anyone can relate. Ha!
6 Angry Days
|The dog pulled our entire plant out of the pot and left it on the carpet for me to find. We got this plant when Logan was just a baby and it's lasted the longest of all our houseplants. Until now.|
|"I have a super fun idea! Let's take the kids fishing for crawdads!"|
Natalee spent the entire outing crying and demanding to be carried. Good times.
|Ouch! Got this surprisingly painful blister on my pinky finger from... you guessed it! Pushing the stroller.|
|OMG. I cannot believe what the female circus performers wore! My boys were like "Mommy, why are they wearing those OUTFITS? We can see their STOMACHS!"|
|Natalee and nail polish meet my vanity.|
|But she's so proud of herself for her nail polish mastery.|