You know the phrase, you say it after holiday weekends, a trip to the zoo or even a simple weekend. Someone asks "how was your weekend?" And you respond, "It was great!!" I know I say it all of the time. Sometimes it's easier to say that, sometimes I loosely mean it and sometimes I just don't want to get into it.
Our Fourth of July weekend was fantastic, even my pictures say so!
And rightfully so. I love Fourth of July!
But that doesn't mean that those four days of a break with all-inclusive family time wasn't without it's issues and it's "not so great" moments. In between the smiles, fireworks and laughter was the battles, the sibling fighting, the disobedience and the tears (some even the kids!!) ;)
I'm like everyone else and lots of times just my "highlight reel" shows up in my feed on Instagram and Facebook. And honestly, that is simply for me to keep a RECORD of our lives. And it truly is my belief that our brains are designed to filter out some of the junk and crap stuff we face in daily life and leave us with these blissful memories of firecrackers and sparklers. The memories about the whining over HOW MANY sparkers we have and "keeping it fair" are somehow lost along the way. The way your had a take a deep breath and count to ten ... simply doesn't photograph well. And WHO wants to remember that anyway?
I want to remember the butterflies and cute fun we had with Sparklers. The kids fighting, the bugs biting and the ever existent NOT listening, well, let's simply choose to forget them.
So just know friends, when you tell me "your weekend was great" I totally get it. Mine was great too. Because "great" has a new meaning to us now. Great means sleeping in, until 6:30am Great means, there wasn't as much whining as there could have been. Great, means that we really made the most of our time together - amid all of the chaos that we call family. ;) You can always count on me to be honest tho. If it sucked, I'm pretty likely to tell you that. I'm not really one to sugar coat it. But I'm also ALWAYS the one to look for the silver lining. ALWAYS. I will always continue to seek joy and light and life in all situations. The cocktails on the deck enjoyed with laughter and music, the s'mores that were delicious, the time spent with my parents, the fantastic weather (SIMPLY GORGEOUS!!), all made for a totally GREAT weekend.
I hope your weekend was great too.
ps. I totally paid them to get these pictures. #wortheverypenny #itwasgreat