Savoring This Moment | One Big Beach Ball Meltdown
Life is crazy busy and it's EASY to stay focused on the to-do's of it all and miss the littlest moments that mean the most. My camera is my tool to slow down, get present and SAVOR the FEELING of moments that I LOVE and that make MY heart HAPPY with JOY. When busy with my to-do's and I see something that makes me light up with a big smile, I stop, grab my camera (iPhone or SLR - it doesn't matter because what does matter is that I capture the moment...) and SAVOR the FEELING of that LOVE from behind the lens. And when it comes to my kids, I LOVE to capture WHO they are what they love, in their current stage of life, so they never, EVER, disconnect from themselves as they grow older, like I did.
Because it's C's last week at school this week, she came home with a huge goodie bag filled with summer toys. One of the goodies was a beach ball. It was deflated so she kept asking me over and over and over again to blow it up the second we got home. I tried a bunch of times, but I told her, this is gonna take me all day.
"No it's not Mommy!"
I remembered that I had a little device that I use to blow up my exercise balls, so I pulled it outand filled her beach ball up much faster than I could have with my own breath. Both kids were SO excited!
As they started playing with it together, I starting smiling BIG, and then immediately thought, "Oh man, I gotta SAVOR this!"
Luca was REALLY excited! Screaming out, "Baaaalll!! BAAALLLL!! BALLLLLL!!!" while C ran around giggling like crazy.
So, yeah, why not SAVOR this!?
I grabbed my camera, got cozy on the floor and was ready to SAVOR it all.
And more cuteness as he looks on at his older sis waiting for her to come play with him, right??
And when she finally did, even MORE cuteness, right!?!?
Until things turned south because big sis was now coming at it him to grab that beach ball right out of his hands.
"Luca! It's MY turn now!!!!"
NOT happy at all. And lemme tell you, if you could HEAR this picture, you wouldn't wanna be SAVORING this moment.
That's for sure!!
He was screaming at the top of his lungs. Oh man!! Screams that makes my ear drums hurt and has me wanting to run away as fast I can to find a nice, serene, quiet spot somewhere. Meltdowns like this are hard. And, I don't enjoy savoring them at all.
But it's this moment, right here, that I do wanna SAVOR. Every time he gets upset like this; when the iPad, remote, iPhone or a toy he's playing with is taken from him or if he falls and hurts himself, he puts his head down on the floor like this and just cries and whines and cries some more.
It's this meltdown part that usually has me going "Awwww, Luca! It's OK!" with a big smile on my face. Then I feel bad because I know he's SO upset, but when he does this, I can't help myself from smiling.
But, I have to say, this is one of his traits. When things seem tough, or sister is having one of her meltdowns or she got hurt, he always runs right over with a big smile on his face and then does something to make us laugh. ALWAYS!
He's doing just that to me when he's upset like this, even though he's NOT smiling. Oh man!! LOVE him for that!!
I know, buddy, it's horrible!! Just horrible!!
Big sis took the ball and got on the bed, which, happens to be her "safe" spot from Luca. Smart move, C!
He immediately saw her and ran over while still SO upset and crying.
He tried SO hard to get up there with her.
He even tried the other side.
But he didn't succeed. :(
Pretty soon, he's gonna be able to get right up there with her and then her "safe" spots will be a thing of the past, that is, until she figures out how to go into her room and lock herself in and stay in there for hours because she's mad at us all.
That happens in the teenage years, right? ;) Although, we've already had a few moments when she's been mad at us and runs into her room while slamming the door behind her, but she comes right back out 30 seconds later. ;)
I stopped taking pictures because this continued to happened every time Luca got the ball. I had to show Luca, over and over again, what "throw-catch" means, but his 1 and 1/2 year old mind just didn't wanna get that when he's playing "ball" with big sis he has to throw or roll the ball back to her once she throws or rolls the ball to him. Hmm....wonder why that is??? ;)
The more he grabbed the ball and ran from Camille, the more he screamed and the more C screamed with him. Oh the JOY of sibling conflict!! Ha!
My brain was ready to explode after all the screaming, so I put the ball away, told them it'll come back out when we get another beach ball so they'll both have their own and I put Frozen on to replenish myself with some calm, quiet time.
Luckily, once seeing Frozen on the TV, they immediately chilled for a bit. Whew!! Sometimes, I just gotta put the TV on!! It really is a life safer for my mind sometimes.
I can't wait to share these pictures with Camille and Luca once they're older, so they can see all the sibling conflict fun they had at this age. Ha!
Because, yes, this IS exactly WHO they both are right now, in this stage of their lives.
What about you?
Do your kiddos have conflicts like this? How do you handle them? I'd love for you to share! I'm still a newbie in this area, especially since I'm an only child.
Until next time...
Life IS colorfully, conflicting...SAVOR it up!