How was your Christmas?! Mine was absolutely fabulous! The kids got (almost) everything they wanted (mama wasn’t paying $200 for a Hatchimal though), we had fun making some new Christmas memories, and overall had a great family day together. But then I found myself scrolling through Facebook that night as I was nursing the baby to sleep and saw all these adorable family photos and memories from my friends and was immediately hit with a sense of regret. I’d started to take photos initially and then I got so wrapped up with helping the kids open their new items (side note — does anyone else feel like it takes longer to get the toy out of the package than it did for you to wrap it?!) that I put my camera down and never picked it back up. All day.
I started to feel like a failure. What a special, fun day we’d had and I had barely any pictures. I did snap this photo of my daughter Maggie after she’d unwrapped the DVD for the movie Free Willy. I introduced her not long ago and she’s been hooked ever since!
But then, thank God I came back to reality and I realized that having pictures from Christmas isn’t going to make or break me as a mom. My kids won’t hate me in 20 years when they look back and there aren’t pictures from Christmas 2016. Looking back on my own childhood, we have VERY few pictures of our family at Christmas, but that hasn’t mattered, I have the memories. And really, aren’t those cherished even more?
Maybe you’re wondering where I am going with this and honestly, I’m sorry if it sounds like I’m rambling. Things have been so busy and I’ve had limited amount of time at my laptop the past few weeks but I really wanted to talk about this. What I want to tell you is:
Don’t let Facebook steal your joy in 2017!
Just stop! I had such a happy, great day on Christmas and yet I almost let Facebook ruin it for me with guilt! And I feel like I do it all too frequently about other things too. It’s so easy to look at what other families have going on during the year and see their happiness and make comparisons. It’s easy to see other moms who have created adorable crafts with their kids or baked delicious cookies or are taking their kids to numerous activities while you may be feeling like you’re lucky to just fit in a shower that day. And really, that’s great, kuddos to them!!
Just remember that most of us are only every sharing all the great things going on in our lives on social media. We all have bad days and areas where we feel we’re neglecting things. Even on my blog, normally what you are going to see are just the happy, great memories. I kinda want to forget the bad memories and figure you don’t really want to hear about the 20 meltdowns my toddler had either. Trust me though – I have 4 kids (ages 6, 4, 2, and 11 months) and there are many days where not a whole lot gets done. That’s just life right now and really, that’s okay. We’re happy and loving life and really that’s all that matters!