Some days my kids eat PB & J on hamburger buns…..
Some days I do poor planning for dinner and I’m thankful on those days for a hubby who says “don’t worry about it, let’s go to Five Guys!”
And I’m so thankful that even when I don’t plan well, it doesn’t mean I’m a bad wife or mom! Life just throws curveballs at us sometimes…. ALL the time! 🙂
All my great plans for my blog as I started it… plans for posts, plans to post frequently (once a week at least), they all went out the window when I found out I was pregnant and almost immediately found myself sick and exhausted beyond what I considered normal pregnancy stuff. But then, this is my first pregnancy with 2 little ones already demanding so much from me. From mid April through all of June, my days were as follows:
Get up, send Scott to work, feed the kids and I breakfast, put away any food, take a shower, walk the garbage down the driveway, feed the kids PB&Js and grab something for myself, and collapse on the couch for 2 1/2 hours. Sometimes I’d collapse before lunch without being able to even get dressed. Then, somewhere around 4pmish I finally would get enough energy to get dinner going and start cleaning the kitchen from our earlier meals.
Most of my time on the couch was spent napping, and I found that while I didn’t seem to get a whole lot accomplished in one day, I still had very little time online. I checked email, and facebook briefly once or twice a day and that was it. I quickly realized I had to let go of my “blogging dream” and just live. My children needed me, and now the new little Apple growing in me seemed to need me more then I remembered. My husband needed me too, as did my home, and I had so little energy. I was oh so very thankful to wake up the day after being “11 weeks” feeling like I could get things done before collapsing. And I did. The next couple weeks reminded me not to try and get done everything on my good days because it would make me more tired the next day, but if I paced things, I could get so much more accomplished. The piles of papers and clutter started disappearing (you know, the stuff that needed to get put in another room, and I didn’t even have the energy to take an extra trip down the hall unless I had more then one reason), and my kitchen counters started to be [mostly] clear on a regular basis again. I think the whole family was glad to get some more participation from me. And of course, I realized that during my time of “surviving” I had become lazy in putting the time and effort into training my little ones as I didn’t care if they were getting into trouble as long as it wasn’t hurting them. 🙂
God has also done a lot of work in my heart this summer. He’s broken down walls and barriers that I didn’t realize I had put up. I only knew something wasn’t right because I couldn’t seem to draw close to Him like I used to. But God never leaves the side of one of His children who’s seeking Him (or the ones who aren’t). He never stops working even when I feel like I’m holding on by a string. God is good! His ways are right! He amazes me repeatedly with how He works. He takes something I think is life-altering and makes sure it IS! He softens hearts that are hard, and hearts that don’t know they are hard. He opens eyes to see through His eyes, from His perspective, and He opens ears to hear.
I felt like I had a very productive day today. Yes, we ate a mixture of leftovers and snacks for dinner, but… I went through the kids room (clothes, closet, changing table, everything) and for the first time since moving here (in December), it is 100% organized and straightened! I know, it will only last a couple weeks at most, until the weather warms up enough to bag up the majority of the winter stuff, and I start using the dresser for “things I don’t have time to put away” (tell me I’m not the only mom who does that).
Getting their room organized (fully organized) has been something I’ve been working towards for 4 months now! It feels so great to have it done! Now if I can just find a day to do the same in my room! While I have come to fully realize the reality that most of the time, big projects get accomplished by chipping away at them little by little, now that I have Little Ones (demanding my frequent attention and trying to be oh, so very helpful), I still prefer to take one day or afternoon and just do the whole thing! However, as I think about that, I realize that the reason such projects have been getting finished so well to my liking, is because I am forced to take my time, and just focus on one area at a time. It gives me more time to reflect on where things would best fit, and what would be most practical.
We finished the day by making homemade Cheese Crackers (they taste like Cheez-its!) and a visit from Grammie. Today was also the first day in a couple weeks that I didn’t feel like I desperately needed a nap at 2 o’clock. That was SO nice!
Next big project (which I’m hoping to enlist help on) is to go through and organize all the kids clothes from newborn to current sizes. I’ve been horrible at just throwing outgrown clothes into bags in the closet until they’re full then moving them to the garage.
What projects have you accomplished recently? How do you keep your kids “don’t fit into anymore” clothes organized for the next kids? Is it worth holding onto everything for 4 years waiting to be used by the next kid? It just seems like I have so many clothes stockpiling up and there’s not even another baby on the way yet! So I ask you, how do you keep it organized?