Yesterday was just one of those days when things weren't going well. The little ones were wild, I had a toothache (off to the dentist today!), and we were all out-of-sorts. We were outside milling around looking for something to occupy ourselves when inspiration stuck: rock painting! The older children picked out some rocks they liked while I gathered the paint, brushes, water, and paper. I was surprised how long this activity kept the older two children's attention! Of course it was not perfect (Button smashed a jam jar on the driveway, Little Man painted his hand and arm and stuck his brush into his sister's paint, swirling all of the colors together, and there were copious amounts of whining and crying), but now we have some pretty rocks to use as paperweights and to give as gifts! Sometimes, it is hard to find the joy in the moment, but as I look back on these pictures, I feel so grateful that we made a nice memory even on a hard day.