I've been struggling with a new post. Sometimes posting is like having writers block. Not that I'm a writer, but you remember what it was like in school when you had some sort of writing assignment and you sat down to do it, and there was NOTHING there!! Yup - sometimes blogging is like that for me.
And then other times - I feel like I have TOO much to say - and it's not all always good for posting for the whole world wide web to see - so I don't say anything at all.
So today I'm gonna try and focus my thoughts and share something meaningful... not just a post, just to say I posted!
This summer I've set a personal goal. To some it might sound logical, or you may even think "well, duh, your a mom, that's how your supposed to feel", but I'm hoping that for some - you will be able to relate to this goal!
My goal is...
To really enjoy my kids this summer!
Yup - simple as that! Just to enjoy them.
Are you asking yourself what kinda mom I am? What kinda mother doesn't enjoy her children? What kinda stay at home mom doesn't WANT to stay at home and be with her kids 24/7? Well, if you're asking that, you are not a stay at home mom! Believe it or not - staying at home is just like (and in my humble opinion - harder than) working outside the home.
Anyway, I have decided that since this is the last summer before we start "real" school - that we're gonna have a fun summer and I'm really gonna try and enjoy the kids and their personalities! I'm gonna try to see things as funny - like when Avery gets into the diaper rash cream and puts it all over herself and on the carpet in her bedroom. Then I have to give her a bath to get it all off - and when I get to her belly I cannot get it all out of her belly button - see I gotta see that as funny instead of being angry at her! Cause you see, that kinda thing happens A LOT around here!
Both kids have very different personalities and sometimes that makes daily life a challenge! But I wanna be with them and I wanna enjoy them and I wanna make memories for both them and me! So each day (and sometimes about a million times during the day!) I remind myself to see the gifts that God has given me and ask Him to help me enjoy those gifts today!
So when each day begins at 6:30AM or before, I try to develop a plan for the day (which could prove to be very long) that allows time for me to get some things done around the house, for the kids to watch a bit of TV AND for us to spend quality time together - doing crafts, or playing outside, or going to the pool or whatever the day/weather allows for! I'm also learning the value of sending each child to their room for a bit of down time. Since neither of them take naps anymore, sometimes the best thing for all of us is 10 - 15 minutes apart from each other.
I'm no super mom - I often lose my cool - but I'm really trying, with the Lord's help, to make my home a happy, comfy, organized and fun home! I'll try to post some pictures of some of the fun things we'll be doing!
I'll also take suggestions - if there are fun things you like to do with your kids during the summer please share! I got a couple of great ideas from my cousin-in-law (who doesn't even have kids, but she talked to her mom about things they used to do when she and her brothers where small!) and I would love to hear any and all ideas you have to make the day run fun and smooth!