Celebrate the little victories…quietly.

That smile melts hearts.
That smile melts hearts.
Convo 1
H – Can Wead and Lucy come on a bike wide with us?
Me – Yeah I just talked to Uncle Chris and they’re coming.
H – (under her breath with fist pump) Yessss!
Convo 2
H – Daddy, look what I got at chuwch…Smawties…(long pause as she starts to open them)…Can I have them? 
Me – Sure.
H – (under her breath with fist pump) Yessss!
Convo 3
H – Can we stop by mommy’s to get my faiwy costume?
Me – Yeah we can do that.
H – (under her breath with fist pump) Yessss!

I’m not sure if how i’m writing this properly describes how amazingly cute and awesome it is to hear Hudson quietly celebrate under her voice with a “Yes!” It’s not overly obvious and if you aren’t listening, there’s a good chance you’ll miss it. But, when you hear it, you can’t help but get the biggest smile on your face. I’ve tried really hard not to react too much to it because I don’t want her to know how much I love it. The second she knows it makes me laugh, she’ll start doing it too much, and that moment of true appreciation and excitement will be gone.

The girls don’t always volunteer a “thank you” when they get something, which sometimes can lead me to believe they don’t fully appreciate all that they have in their lives. I know they really do, but sometimes I feel like they just “expect” certain things, instead of being truly grateful for what they have and what they get. When Hudson says, “Yesss!” in the most subtle way,  I smile because it’s cute, but also because I know how much she appreciates something.

I’ve noticed this little reaction for the last couple of months and I’ve wanted to do a post about it, but didn’t really know what to write about other than “it’s really freaking cute.” The more I’ve thought about it, the more it became clear that her little celebration has a strong underlying meaning – Celebrate the Little Victories.

Every day is a new adventure. Some are more difficult than others, but if we’re able to see the little victories in our daily lives, it sure makes those adventures more fun. It’s the same reason that I ask the girls every night what their favorite part of the day is. Even if it seemed like the worst day ever, there has to at least be one good thing that you really appreciated about the day. It could be as simple as getting to see someone, eating a good dinner, getting praise at school or getting to stay up an extra 10 minutes before bed, but there’s always something they can pick out of the day that was their “favwit part.”

Every parent wants the best for their kids and they want them to be happy. To see Hudson celebrate even the smallest thing, even if it’s just to eat a pack of smarties, is definitely my favorite part of the day.  Just don’t tell her. I want her to keep doing it.


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