Photo dump Tuesday

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Because it’s Tuesday and I planned on posting this last Friday but didn’t because strep throat invaded our home. Thankfully it only took daddy down for the count and left me standing with the ability to clean all the bathrooms in hopes of stopping it!

Anyway, the past few weeks have been full of sunshine, new vans, Nora letting me curl her hair, bike rides, and trips to Sam’s Club with all my little minions in tow. Oh and of course, moments where you leave the baby on the floor and walk to find him on the couch kicking for dear life.

REAL mom Wednesday

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You know you are a real mom when…

*You realize just how lucky you are.

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They always say you will find a good woman is behind a good man (or something like that), but I’m not sure how true that really is. Folks, our family is led well by a good man and it has nothing to do with me.

When you blink

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Tonight me and my first born put the kids to bed a little early. She cleaned the basement while I got the baby fed and down for the night and finished up the laundry. She is such a great helper. I don’t tell her that enough. But she helps me out when I can’t find the missing shoe or everyone needs help zipping their coats.

But as I stood back and let her make the brownies tonight (she did it all by herself!!!!!), I realized just how big she’s gotten. She talked while she baked. She talked about the moon and the sun and their brightness. She talked about the heat in the oven and how not to get burned. She talked about friends and their birthdays. She is such a little chatter box.

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I’ll admit that sometimes the chatter wears me out. I love that she has so much to say but I’ve also listened to soooooooo much chatter with her other siblings during the day that silly talks about the sun make me zone out.

But tonight, I chose to listen. And guys…she’s so grown up. And beautiful. It’s not that I don’t know these things. It’s just that the time slips by between waking up and bed time and I’ve failed to truly see the gifts in front of me.

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There are too many times that I wish away the days of dependence on me and look forward to tomorrow a little more than I should without savoring today. We’re never guaranteed tomorrow and I really don’t want to wish today away.

These days of motherhood are tough. These tough days are giving me wrinkles and extra belly skin and one day gray hair (either I have bad eyesight and can’t see them or there is nary a gray on my head). These days are long. And I often wish tomorrow would come. But the years are soooooooooooo short.

All you do is blink. That’s it. And they grow up.

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REAL mom Wednesday

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You know you are a REAL mom when…

*You think your baby slept through the night (8 hours straight!!!!) or if you just forgot you woke up.

I think Bennett slept through the night. I’m pretty sure I did. The three options are:
1. He did in fact sleep from 11 to 7.
2. I don’t remember getting up with him.
3. I didn’t wake up to his cries.

Considering that I am the lightest sleeper ever and his bed his like ten steps from mine, the only options that are truly plausible are 1 or 2. Either way, I’ll take it. Here’s to him not sleeping through the night ever again!

Life lately

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So I deleted Facebook off my phone. I wasn’t spending a ton of time on it (that’s really relative and vague, I know, but whatevs). Whenever I had a down minute or two or was nursing Bennett, I got on to check out the haps in the world. It was a serious time suck and between the political posts and people hating people who believe this or that or the other thing and the constant selling of stuff (no offense intended if you are selling stuff or promoting stuff, I totally get that social media is the best way to do that and keep on doing it, I am just getting tired of being invited and seeing it), I was getting angry at stuff that I didn’t need to get angry at.

Do you know what happened when I stopped looking at Facebook? A lot. I am reading more real books and actually spending time really praying for people. In the morning I am reading my Bible without the end goal of getting on Facebook to see what happened during the night hours. It’s seriously been freeing.

I have kept instagram on my phone and since the people I follow rarely update, looking at it a couple times a day doesn’t really do much and can be done when I’m waiting for kids at school pick up. I have been taking a few minutes in the evenings to check up on my favorite pregnant ladies to see if their sweet babes have been born! I can’t help it, sweet posts about family, kids, and babies make me smile (so keep on sharing those!!!!!)! I have also narrowed down my blog reading to three blogs (one is a food/family blog, one is a friend blog, and one is a make-up/hair blog since I clearly need that) so I am not trying to replace one source of social media with another.

Anyway, life has been better without it. I’m not missing out on anything. Actually, I am gaining so much more. It’s kind of like living in the 90’s where you didn’t know what was happening to your friends unless you actually talked to them (but without the crazy AIM names and instant messaging across dial up) and your life wasn’t impacted by things that didn’t really concern you (except for what happened on the bus ride home and TRL because what music video was number one did concern me).

Most of the time in life, less is more.