Yes, I have alligators in the bathtub…and sharks and mermaids and dolphins and ships. Sometimes after one of my kids take a bath, I walk into the bathroom and find the results of great battles that have occurred between these alligators and sharks or storms that have tried to take down a ship. Water is on the floor, towels are dripping wet and the bodies of these warriors are laying about the bathroom. These alligators will not be here for long. There are already things that were a part of our everyday life that are not a part of it today. It’s not a sudden thing. It’s very gradual. Sometimes if you’re not paying attention you don’t even notice it. I didn’t notice the last time I popped in a Barney DVD or Dora the Explorer. I just know that one day they ended up in the give away pile. I didn’t notice the last time my kids played with the big lego blocks and then moved on to the little ones. It just happened. I didn’t notice the day my youngest daughter wore a dress to school for the last time. I just know that she used to wear a dress everyday and now I have noticed that it’s jeans and a t-shirt everyday. I didn’t notice how big my boys were getting until one day when they fell asleep in front of the TV, I was no longer able to carry them to their room. And so, I want to savor these moments that I have right now. One of the definitions of savor is to give oneself to the enjoyment of. I am going to enjoy these everyday moments because I know that someday, there will no longer be alligators in the bathtub.
My hope is that this blog will document the everyday stuff and keep my eyes open and thankful for each and everyday. This all started with facebook posts during the month of November when I wrote about the things I am grateful for. The blog doesn’t have a whole lot of bells and whistles but I thought I would write my first post anyway and the rest I will learn along the way.