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I have a lot of good memories of spring time growing up. Playing outside and picking daffodils, holidays and events with family, jellybeans and marshmallow chicks and other treats. A new (probably floral) dress, which was (and is) always a thrill. New sandals too. Jellies, obviously.
You know what I also remember? I remember digging in the dirt outside (and probably bringing it in the house with me, too). I remember grass stains from rolling down hills, and blisters on my heels from the sandals. It’s possible there were bad attitudes and tears and fights with my brother. But it doesn’t matter – many of my springtime and more memories are still magical and fun and special for me. The imperfect doesn’t diminish the best things about them.
Now with kids of my own, it’s easy to see what everyone else is doing in any season and feel such overwhelm. Where do families get so many spring decorations? And when do they have time to put them up? How do they make cookies that looking so stinking near-professional? Why doesn’t our party look like that?
Whereas our house rarely stays clean. I try to take cute family pictures, and I can barely convince my kids to get dressed. My treats for my kid’s preschool class are store-bought or at the very least, semi-homemade.
All that to say, I’ve decided to let go of the idea of making every season perfect for my family. The more I throw myself into making them idyllic, the less time I’ll actually spend enjoying the time with them and the joy of the simple things. No matter what bumps happen along the way, my kids’ days will be magical. Because their imagination is alive and bigger than any detour or distraction.
This year, we are celebrating spring in style with shoes from Payless ShoeSource! There are enough costs for everyday things without having to break the bank on shoes. Payless somehow makes stylish still affordable. Women’s shoes start at $19.99, and kid’s shoes start at $9.99.
Also, sorry in advance, but I’m going to be raving about these hooded block heels for the foreseeable future. They look just as good with a dress as they do with jeans. Also my husband scored some of the most dapper, cap toe oxford shoes I’ve ever seen him wear.
And aren’t these casual toddler shoes just the cutest? But in case you need that reality check again, let me just tell you that approximately three minutes later, they were covered in dirt. And you know what? We’ll survive. Someday my kids will remember the fun and the magic, and that’s what matters most.