I love the rain, and I love rainy days. I love the quiet introspection, the feeling of comfortable solitude and the smell of wet dirt in the air.
Once I became a mom though, I quickly realized that the whole ‘quiet introspection’ aspect wasn’t exactly possible with an energetic 3 year old practically bouncing off the walls demanding attention.
So now, rainy days are more about messy indoor play rather than quietness or solitude, but oddly enough I don’t think I mind at all.
Who needs solitude when you have a feisty little mini-me to keep you company!
Lilly loves wearing her ‘traditional’ Pakistani clothes, even though to her, it’s more a costume than a normal outfit. It’s funny how what was ‘normal’ for me growing up is more of a fun Halloween-esque costume for my daughter, but at least she likes it! Learning about the actual culture will have to come with time.
Life can get very stressful, very fast and if you’re not careful, all that stress can drag you down into a not-so-great place. So when you’re feeling that anxiety starting to pull at your heart, you better have a go-to plan to relieve that stress and keep from getting overwhelmed.
For me, that go-to thing is cooking, baking or anything I can do with my hands. Which is probably why last night found me sitting crossed legged on the living room floor, surrounded by paper, cutting out snowflakes.
Whatever it takes to relax, right?
Finding things to keep a toddler occupied on rainy, cold or sick days is never easy, especially when said toddler is too full of energy for her own good and is basically driving you halfway to crazy town.
So what is a mommy to do when it’s a gloomy, rainy day outside and there’s no preschool to boot? Find something fun to do of course. Something that’ll distract the 3 year old without boring you to death in the process (I know I know, I sound like the worst mom ever but seriously guys, how many play doh Peppa Pigs can you build before you want to chuck the whole primary colored mess out the window?).
Lucky for me Lilly takes after me and loves anything food related! Making and baking several batches of cookies in a warm kitchen while it’s cold and wet outside? That is the definition of perfection 😋
In response to Weekly Photography Challenge.
The best season of the year as far as I’m concerned..
As most of you know, November is the month of several writing and blogging challenges, one of the most popular being the NaBloPoMo challenge that I’m currently taking part in. As if trying to find something worthwhile to post every single day for a month wasn’t hard enough, I’ve just decided to start another unrelated challenge just for the heck of it.
Ok so maybe the fact that I just opened a brand new Instagram account for my blog might have something to do with my decision to throw myself into this second challenge, but who’s to say, right? Either way, it’s the perfect challenge for Instagram: the 100 happy days challenge! The idea is simple enough: find one thing every day for 100 days that makes you happy and post a picture on your preferred social media channel.
I know I know, this isn’t a new challenge by any means, but I’ve always meant to try my hand at it but just never had the proper place to do it. Enter Instagram and voila, I’ve got the perfect place at last!
So who’s ready for some happiness? Go ahead and sign up on the website and use the tag #100happydays if you want to join me! The more the merrier 🙂
… and I know I can’t be the only one 😆
Are you taking part in NaBloPoMo this year? No? I demand you go sign up right now!