This Week’s Moments of Gratitude: Rainbows, Trees and Michelle Obama

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
– Epicurus

I did this series a few years ago. A short highlight reel of the little things that brought me moments of joy in an often rushed and hectic day to day life. From the seemingly mundane, to the outright natural wonders of the world, here are five things that made me smile this week: 

1.) Getting our Christmas tree
It’s short, wide and slightly wonky – we love it. 

2.) Becoming by Michelle Obama on Audible 
I have become a bit obsessed with Audible. (And now the Obamas). I regret not having it in my life sooner. I’d recommend it to anyone who wishes they had more time to read. 
It’s the most satisfying thing that whilst folding the laundry, taking Maia to school, making dinner, I can consume A BOOK. Of course it doesn’t beat actually sitting down to read a physical book (my current bedtime read is “How to Fail” by Elizabeth Day) but it means I can feel as though I’m stimulating my mind somewhat whilst ticking off daily mundane tasks. 
I’ve loved every bit of “Becoming”. I find life stories fascinating, especially this one. 
Learning about Michelle Obama’s journey; a girl from the Southside of Chicago to First Lady has been truly enlightening. Of course now I can’t stop Youtubing clips of them all.   

3.) Getting my “proper” camera out and capturing moments with the children.  
It’s never easy to capture them together when both are willing to be photographed. (I refer mainly to Maia, there is a narrow window in which she’ll allow me to take her photograph, usually I’ll miss it.)


4.) Finally returning to baby classes
We missed a few after Leo’s operation so it was good to get back to all the musical fun this week. (The songs and the penguin hats meant for the babies. Leo refuses anything on his head so whatever it is ends up on mine.) 
*This is all more entertaining when you have another tired mother to chuckle along with. I now see this class as a chance to talk and laugh about how crazy and ridiculous mothering toddlers is. 

5.) This rainbow on the school run 
I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much of a rainbow. (Barely captured here, couldn’t fit the whole thing in.) This was end to end magic. 


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