Today I took my kids to the beach. Its a 10 minute drive to one of the most crystal clear most magnificent beaches on the planet which we feel very blessed to be able to see from our kitchen window.
In the car on the way down, the kids fought like cats and dogs. I actually pulled over and threatened to turn around if the fighting didn't stop. Yes, I'm THAT mom. And lets just say they were silent for the rest of the ride.
We got to the beach, the kids took their tubes, boats, floats, shovels etc. and raced into the water and had a ball for the next hour.
Now, during that hour there were a few fights over who was using the pink tube or the blue pale. One of the kids blow up tubes went flying down the beach only to be caught by a surfer guy who brought it back to me while making sure to give me a full on lecture on how bad these toys are for the ocean if they get blown far into the water or blow down the beach and never retrieved all while I was making sure to keep an eye on every one of my children frolicking in the ocean or burying each other in sand.
We headed back to the car and as much as I rinsed the kids off, the car somehow was full of sand when we got home so I had to shake out all the carseats and carpets while the kids took the hose and hosed down all the beach toys and goggles and shoes. They then all ran to the shower fighting over who was going in first followed by me making lunch for the starving crew.
While on the beach, I snapped a few photos of the kids in their element, floating in the crystal clear water, building sand castles and looking all adorable. I posted them on Instagram only to get tons of likes and positive comments, especially ones like 'you're so lucky you live there!' 'such happy cute kids!'
My first thought was, 'wow, this is really is false advertising! No one knows about the fights and the annoying surfer dude who also lives here, the car full of sand and how exhausted I was when I got home!'
And it made me think of all those times we see eachothers photos on Facebook or Instagram thinking how everyone else's life is so perfect or at least close.
But then I realized, those moments of my kids in the water, building their sand castles- those were truly perfect moments and I am so glad I captured them. My entire morning was so far from perfect but I wanted to remember the perfect moments. And I wanted to share them.
So don't feel bad capturing and sharing your perfect moments- because thats all they are: moments. And make those special moments your memories, not the fights and what not.
Wishing you a summer filled with lots of special moments and may you capture and appreciate them all!