WHAT IS THE “BEHIND THE SCENES” LINK UP?
Social media and online relationships can make us feel like everyone else has it all together. We’re edited, proof-read, Pinterest-perfect versions of ourselves (or so some might think!) when – in reality? There is an unfinished pile of laundry around the corner. That cute toddler smiling for the camera just had a massive meltdown seconds ago. That yummy breakfast-for-dinner you just showed us on Instagram? It’s because the cat licked the chicken that was supposed to be for dinner.
“Behind the Scenes” is a fun link up where we show those photos – but tell the real story behind them. The sneak peek behind the scenes, a look past the edges of the photo to the real life behind it.
You’re invited to join in – we’ll write up our posts & link up on Tuesdays! Read more here!
There is a 6 foot tall cardboard castle in our living room. A “Christmas in June” present that I planned to keep in the garage, or outside for painting, but instead it sits smack in the middle of the floor. “Easy assembly” the box said. I suppose it would be easy to connect two GIANT pieces of cardboard by eight teeny tiny little tabs if you were some kind of yoga magician with 4 arms and no small toddler running around screeching in excitement.
So why, you ask, did the mommy cave and put the huge play castle, complete with turrets, two doors, and two windows ( not to mention walls you can color! oh the joy! the fun! ) in our living room? Easy.
Hubs was away and mommy needed something to keep the kiddo happy. It is very rare that I have a solo parenting day, and the band my husband plays in had a show on the other side of the state. It was a girls day! To be fair, Madi was a champ and took a great nap and had a lot of fun with me. Or at least not many meltdowns, which to me is a sign of sure success. The dreaded post-naptime but pre-dinner time arrived and I was desperate for something to keep her entertained.
So up went the cardboard castle o’fun, with only minor muscle pulls, internal heated sighs, and much impressive use of my new Zumba muscles. She loved it. She played happily by herself inside, content to peek at mommy through the little window. She played with crayons, read books, took every stuffed animal and baby doll inside the castle. There were pillows, blankies, play dough, playing cards, snacks, juice and at one point a small table. We put on princess dresses, tutus, and played with fake swords.
Is it ideal to have this monstrosity in our living room? Not really. But sometimes the things in life that seem to be most in our way, the things we view as the “elephant in the room” can really turn out to be a great blessing. In my eyes, it’s a mess. In her eyes? It’s a castle full of joy and imagination and awesome memories with mommy.
I think we’ll leave it up a little longer 🙂
Alright friends! It’s your turn to link up. Now, remember the number one rule of linkys- make sure you visit the person who linked up before you & leave them a little love on their post! (even if you just say “hey! great photo – stopping over from Crystal Stine’s blog!…it’s ok..you can copy/paste that. I won’t tell.)