Some Things You Should Know

Most people’s blogs, while I love to read them, make me feel like total shit sometimes.  I guess it’s really only some of the mommy ones that make me feel super inadequate and question my choices.  I get over that pretty quickly, but there is still a tiny voice in the back of my head telling me “she is doing it better for her kids, she is right” 

See Number 9 below and maybe check out I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids

Anyways, I’m getting off topic here.  I don’t want my blog to give a false sense or glaze over some of the hecticness, so here are a few disclaimers.

1.  You know Monica’s locked closet on Friends?  The one where she puts everything that doesn’t fit into one of her organizational categories?  That is how my closets look… almost all of them.  My house is a disaster unless it’s the day it’s been cleaned, or my parents are coming to town, or they’ve just been to town.  (Thanks Mom for helping me!)  I try to pick up the toys every night so it doesn’t make me nuts in the morning and do the dishes the night before, but life (and work) happens so that isn’t always possible.

2.  I go through phases.  You can check out my recipe tab, but just know that doesn’t happen every night or even every week.  I was on a great kick of meal planning so I could have easy, ready to go dinners when I got home from work this fall.  Thanks Fresh 20!  Then, I didn’t cook for two whole months this winter.  It’s a good thing I have a husband who didn’t let Jack and me eat cereal for every meal in January and February.

3.  Being a working mom means you can’t be everything to everyone all at once.  To throw up another ball in the air means one needs to drop.  It’s a constant struggle to make sure I’m not dropping the same ball each week so some balance occurs.

4.  I forget about the laundry.  A lot. 

5. I have to work most nights after Jack goes to bed and I’m exhausted.  I reward myself by shopping online and writing random posts on the blog while I’m checking and responding to work email in my bed while watching TV and reading books simultaneously.

6.  My idea of a fun weekend is heading to the park and to target and then doing something for “myself” like cleaning the house, doing laundry, or something actually for myself like painting my nails, doing a pinterest project, or heading to yoga while Jack is napping.

7.  We do the grocery shopping on Friday nights.  Yep we’re boring.  We also go to Home Depot a lot and are considering buying a mini van.  (SO SO CONVENIENT I should just get over the stigma and do it) Yep that’s happening too.

8.  We both work over 40 hours a week and have no family in town.  It’s tough.  Our parents help us a lot, but it takes planning and if I’m having one of those days where I just need MY mommy she’s 3.5 hours away.  I can’t just drop Jack at their house for an hour if I need to do something last minute.  Living in Indiana is looking really great right about now 🙂  Don’t worry Wisconsin we still love you!

9.  The choices we make for our family aren’t for everyone.  I like to write and have toddlers and babies on my brain (along with home improvement, yoga, and family health) so that is what I write about!  Everyone has a different situation, personality, and family and will find what works for them.  So no judgement here, I just like to share.

And in conclusion, I have no idea who reads this, but I’m sure that my friends sans kids are probably throwing up in their mouths right now.

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One thought on “Some Things You Should Know

  1. I love this post and we have so much in common! You're a great mom and wife and it's super hard raising kids without family nearby (we're doing it too). And I agree completely on the mini-van, luckily because I have a company car I haven't had to make that difficult decision yet. So excited for you and your growing family! And by the way, I LOVE your blog!

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