Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Because I'm not Superwoman

There are days when being a Mom is just plain exhausting. Who am I kidding...everyday as a Mom is exhausting. Rewarding and so wonderful, oh yes. But also exhausting. There are never enough hours in the day to do everything. I have my work to do list, then I have my home to do list. There are meals to be prepped, dishes to be washed, baby clothes to be folded, cats to be fed, a husband to encourage and love on, sippy cup parts to be cleaned, phone calls to return, bills to pay...the list goes on and on and no matter how hard I try, I can never get everything done.

I am also the queen of multitasking and love crossing things of my to-do list. So when I have my list ready to go and I cross off absolutely nothing all day, it could be very discouraging.

Wake up, try to get things done, FAIL miserably, repeat.

But you can't view every day like that. It's not healthy and I am not superwoman, I'm something else. Something better. I am Aiden's Mom.

"All of the sudden, what's valuable is not the multitasking, but the single task...being with him, only him, doing nothing else." -Shauna Niequist
So on the days when I start to feel bad about the piles of laundry I haven't done, or the meals I haven't cooked, I look at my son, who I managed to get out of his pajamas, feed and entertain and I have to remind myself, Good job Mama. You may not have done everything today, but you are taking care of your son and that's a big deal. You made him waffles for breakfast, played Peekaboo, sang to him, rocked him, read him all his favorite books, snuggled him, loved on him and that's enough for today.

That is the sunshine in my pocket...What I pull out when I'm discouraged.

So when you feel overwhelmed about all the things you aren't doing, simply stop, give yourself some grace and remind yourself of the things that you are doing. I promise you are doing more than you think.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Oh hey there blog world...{Life Lately}

So I've been a little MIA around here lately. No reason in particular, but life is just busy and my time has been filled up to the brim with my little family and some changes at work. So I thought I'd do a little life lately post.

I've been wearing...My new Girlfriend Chinos from GAP (I'm also loving that I got them for 50% off)

I've been watching...11/22/63. You guys. This show is amazing. The book is one of my absolute favorites and I was so worried they would mess it up when they turned it into a show. But it is exceeding my expectations! Thank you James Franco. New episodes stream on Mondays on Hulu.

I've been drinking...Island Green Smoothies from Tropical Smoothie Cafe. So good. I think I have a problem when every time I go in, the cashier knows my order and says "See you tomorrow!" Haha.

I've been dreaming about...our summer vacation to South Carolina at the end of May!!!

I've been listening to...a lot of Disney music. I have a Disney Pandora station that Aiden and I like to have dance sessions to in the afternoons.

I've been reading...books like crazy. I'm obsessed. I'm almost always reading one book and listening to another. My current favorites: The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes and All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

I've been laughing at...these mom comics. They are spot on and I think I've done every single one.

I've been cooking...irregularly. But when I do, it's almost always something from Pioneer Woman, Chef in Training or Mix & Match Mama!

This recipe is quickly becoming my all time favorite. And this one is a close second. Both are easy and delicious.

And because Aiden is growing up way too quickly and I haven't posted any real updates since 12 months, I'm including a few of my current favorite Aiden pictures. He is so much fun and has quite the personality. The kid could just live outside!
Shirt from Shop Jumping Jack
What have you been up to lately?
Catch me up!