You know you are a REAL mom when…
*you wonder how you are so busy and not busy at the exact same time.
Here is a run down of this morning up until 1pm:
6:30am – Put Nora back in her bed.
6:45am – Ella asks to use our bathroom (why she asks, I will never know)
7:00am – Bring Bennett (who has peed out) downstairs for a bottle and diaper change
7:15am – Make coffee and get the kids set up with a show and some cereal
7:30am – Wash my face, put in my contacts, pour coffee, and start my Bible study
7:45am – Nora needs more cereal
7:50am – Tell Eden and Cooper to get stuff together for school
8:00am – Realize I haven’t changed Nora. Change her.
8:10am – Pray with the kids, go over Genesis 1:1, and send kids to bus stop
8:20am – Go to the bathroom
8:21am – Find Nora with an entire box (Family Size) dumped out, stop to clean up
8:30am – Make eggs for the four kids at home and myself.
8:45am – Start kitchen clean up, big two are put on breakfast clean up
8:55am – Attempt to lay Bennett down for a quick nap
9:00am – Finish cleaning up the kitchen and start the dishwasher
9:10am – Switch laundry and put in a new load
9:15am – Try to get myself dressed, teeth brushed, and hair pulled back
9:25am – Get distracted and clean all the ceiling fans
9:40am – Go to get Nora dressed and find her with a poopy diaper and her hand in it -yuck!
9:50am – Wake up Bennett, change him, pack the diaper bag with snacks
9:55am – Load the kids in the van (we should have left 10 minutes ago) to go to the gym
10:05am – Get to the gym and get the kids situated with child care
11:00am – Finish working out, get the kids, head to the photo store
11:15am – Pick up pictures, realize Nora fell asleep in the van, drive home
11:30am – Try and transfer Nora to her bed (unsuccessfully, which means tonight will be great with her!!!!)
11:45am – Feed the kids lunch
12:00pm – Switch laundry, start a new load, start my lunch
12:30pm – Send kids outside so I can eat lunch in peace
12:35pm – Ella insists Garrison is bleeding
12:40pm – Everyone needs drinks outside because it is so hot
12:41pm – Garrison drops his cup and it shatters
12:45pm – Try to finish my lunch
12:46pm – Ella is insistent that Garrison’s foot is bleeding
12:48pm – Try to finish my lunch
12:55pm – All the kids stand at the door complaining how hungry they are
1:oopm – Sit at the computer pretending to do “work”
See – really all I did today was go to the gym for an hour…
This has been a whirlwind week with school starting. Maybe sometime I’ll tell you are decision to send our kids to public school (I hear all you Christian homeschool moms gasping at the fact that I love Jesus and send them to be taught by someone other than me – chill out.), it’s actually complicated and simple and we feel at peace with our decision.
Anywho…we had family visit for the weekend while my hubby performed at Brucemore. I had a dentist appointment and we ran a ton of last minute (oh crap! Schools starting!) errands and I sprayed waaaaaaaaay too much dry shampoo in my hair. Oopsy daisy! Oh, I also spent an evening getting certified to sell alcohol. Yep. That happened. But don’t worry. It’s for our church. I mean for a college ministry. Well, it’s so our church’s college ministry can receive money to support itself. But it’s really not as bad as it sounds. I’ll only be selling beer to paying customers, not at our church or like at a lemonade stand type of thing. I’ll be helping at the concessions at Iowa University. See, it’s not as bad as seems.
So, here are some of the random photos on my phone:
Another day. Another addition of none other than the crappiest photos I took this week!
I ended up getting really sick Tuesday and Wednesday. Like really sick. I wasn’t sick to the point I thought I might die but I was sick enough that any time I stood up I thought I was either going to pass out or vomit. Add in trying to care for six kids (plus a neighbor girl who couldn’t follow the instructions that she had to stay OUTSIDE our house because I was sick), it was awful. Garrett did take a few hours off in the morning and tried to come home early but I was still left for six loooooooooooong hours by myself. Oof!
We also got to celebrate a birthday! Eden turned seven! It wasn’t the best day ever for me because #sick but I think she still had fun since she got to go pick out donuts with daddy and then went out to dinner and the waiter gave them TWO chocolate cakes. She has chosen to have a birthday party instead of gifts or an adventure, so hopefully I can post about that sometime next week. I’m still in shock that I have a seven year old. Seven. Wow!
Anyway, here are the photos I found on my phone to share! One of Garrison at an appointment at the U, looking big. A couple of our innocent little babe who gets into everything. One of our stellar dinners – I have needed to go to the store for weeks now. And one of my ferrel child, plus a couple of the wild one.
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.
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.
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.
Woooo-weeeee! It’s Friday. It’s been awhile. I know I say this a lot but I’m never sure where the time has gone. I feel busy but busy-ness is more just every day life-ness and when there are six little lives and one big life that I get to love and care for there ends up being a lot of busy-ness and yet not a lot gets done.
But last week I got to go to IKEA with a bestie and we had a blast! Seriously! It was so refreshing to be gone for the day without ANY children and since they were under the care of my husband there was no real worry about how they were doing.
Then this week has been spring break and I’m in love with the relaxed schedule and not needing to be up early. My kids have actually slept in (insert bug eye emoji guy right here). It’s been a taste of what heaven is like. Seriously, I’m sure there will be lots of sleeping past the butt crack of dawn in heaven, if there is sleeping in heaven that is. I also got asked how my eggs in my tummy were doing by a little person. Yep. That happened and it wasn’t even my own kid! Ha! But it made my day!!! (My eggs are doing fine if you were wondering.)
My favorite part of this week might have been hanging out with another large family. There is something about hanging out with eleven little people total that just makes me smile! Even though our families are so different (yet so alike), there is a sense of camaraderie that we share. We just get each other. Plus, we test drove a 12 passenger van because that’s what you do for fun when your family is giant. #largefamiliesunite
So, without further ado, here are some of the crappy photos I captured of the non-exciting parts of my life (but they are soooooo important to me!)!
I’m baaack;) Look at me posting my crappy photos. Not a lot has happened in the past few weeks and yet a ton has happened (keeping six little people alive and thriving is never ending work). Here is a sampling of photos from the past few weeks. Some are of messy kids, some are of me having sweet convos with my ever growing children, one is me in all my early morning glory, and one is of me asking Cooper to unload the dishwasher. Oh and bacon bandaids. Because bacon makes all wounds heal faster. Anywho….enjoy!
You know you are a REAL mom when…
*You ask your six year old to get whatever she wants to eat for lunch out of the fridge.
I needed a nap. Bad. I barely slept last night and Eden had surgery this morning to repair her ear drum. She was fully back to normal from the light anesthesia, so when she asked for lunch at 2, I told her to find it herself (in the most kind way possible). And she did. String cheese, yogurt, and a granola bar. She is growing up. ***All the praise hands***