2018 here we come

2018 has started. With the New Year there are always lots of “resolutions” and changes we want to make. I tried not to overwhelm myself (and then fail miserably) but I did have one thing that I wanted to change. I’ve really been making a valiant effort to be less “plugged in” and more “present” with my family. I have greatly reduced the amount of time I am spending and social media and I can tell it is good for my soul.
I am soooo very guilty of scrolling social media and comparing myself to EVERY ((what appears)) perfect mom. This made me feel like a failure. Plus I was getting caught up in the lives of others–and that was a little depressing for me. So, I challenged myself about a week ago to only allow myself to log onto social media once a day ((except my business page, which I reply to messages as those come in)). This has been so refreshing and I’ve told Brent so many times “I can’t believe how productive, refreshed and PRESENT I feel since doing this.” It really is good for the soul. If you have an addiction to social media I challenge you to try this. Every time I have the “urge” to log on and scroll FB or Insta I just go complete a task I have been putting off, or I will say little prayer, or go play with E. It’s definitely been a positive change I’ve made. I still catch myself wanting to log on and sometimes giving in, but for the most part I’ve been really intentional about staying off.
One of my goals (plans) for 2018 is to be more intentional with my life and time. I’ve been de-cluttering, praying, spending time with family, making plans (of all kinds), and simply living with a lot of intentionality. It’s one of those changes that I’ve really had to work on being consistent with because it’s not something that’s easy. It all takes a lot of work. After being at work all day, the last thing I want to do is vacuum and mop or put away laundry. Or even cook dinner. But I’ve been working hard on keeping up with these things because it honestly just gives me less stress when I just DO IT. Rather than being kind of lazy and not doing it.

Does anyone have any tips for a ((working mom)) to help keep the house clean? I’ve been trying to do certain things on certain days, but any other tips are welcome!!!

Here’s to 2018 <3

Picture of my little because he (and his dad) are the the reason I want to be the best I can be.

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Wash and Lysol All the Things

it’s not always sunshine and butterflies…

This week I have been doing the <hard> side of mom life. E came down with a virus on Sunday night that lingered around 24-36 hours and then I got hit with it like a ton of bricks on Tuesday night. I have washed/lysoled/oiled all the things and all the people. I am praying really hard that B avoids coming down with it, and right now things are looking good, but I don’t feel like we are in the clear yet.

So often on social media ((and let’s be real, in real life)) we put a positive spin on things and want everyone to believe it’s all good, all the time, but it isn’t….

it isn’t always smiles, sweet words, cooking together, hugs, and kisses..sometimes it is cleaning up after a sick kiddo, ((or your self)), chasing down a wild toddler who just wants to go see his FRIENDS next door who then has an EPIC fit when you won’t let him go next door ((even though he’s been sick all day)), rushing home from work, hoping to get a ((healthy)) dinner on the table, wash the clothes, do the dishes, vacuum the floor….there’s just as much hard as there is easy (if not more….) to being a mom. But it’s so good.

I told someone today at work, that even though I really dislike missing work (and my school babies) that when MY baby is sick there is literally NO WHERE else I would rather be.

It’s really best said here in Eccliastes..

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I know one day I will SOO miss this season of being a mom, so for now I will soak in all the kisses, and “mom you’re my hero”s because I know, it won’t last long.

 

 

 

 

Here E is minutes before he decided to SIT in the sink FULL of water…. while I was quickly vacuuming the living room……. he was just supposed to be washing his hands and playing with his hot wheels bus in the sink for a couple minutes….minutes later I had a HARD moment of having to clean water up from ALL OVER my bathroom floor.. But these few minutes before were so sweet and worth every minute of the HARD that followed

 

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here’s to all you moms out there doing the HARD stuff   <3