So, today I woke up on the wrong side of the bed... and so did my kids. It was a battle all morning. Maddox was refusing to eat and only wants to drink milk, Madison was being a couch potato and very unhelpful. I decided to try and go to the park with the kids this morning. After fighting Madison out the door we made it to the park. Madison pouted and wouldn't play with her brother, and Maddox was not playing nice with a little girl that was already there. So... we left. Both kids were totally upset (for different reasons), and so was I. I was having a major melt down. Once we got home I loaded Maddox up in the bike trailer and Madison on her bike and we headed to the school to try and play there. It went much better, the kids' attitude had greatly improved, but not mine. I wanted to just sit in the shade. Finally I decided to swing with the kids.
This is the moment that changed my attitude for the day...
This immediately brought me out of my attitude problem. I remembered loving the swings as a kid, and have rarely swung as an adult. It was a priceless moment snuggling Maddox in the swing while he looked at me and said "I love you mommy," and enjoying a childhood memory with my kids.
On a completely different note:
As enjoyable as the swinging was, I realized why I don't do it anymore, I got pretty motion sick! From a swing! I love amusement park rides and don't get sick from them but there is just something about cars and swings!
Learned: It sounds cliche but it is so important to stop and smell the roses. The small beautiful moments in life are what make it worth while.