Homemaking, Motherhood

Cleanliness is NOT Next to Godliness

Yesterday, I had two of my sisters over our house.  It was long overdue, and I was excited.  But there was another thing that was long overdue: the cleaning.  I had been ignoring my floors and bathroom for over a week (eek!), and you could definitely tell.  So, I pretended my daughter was taking a nap as she talked to herself in her crib, put on Breakfast at Tiffany’s (in hindsight, not the ideal choice), and went to it.

I grew up in a house where you clean before company comes over.  Like, intensely clean.  I have backed off a bit since owning my own place, but floors and bathrooms are a must for me.  What I did not take into account this time around was that three kids were about to come over bringing the house total to 5 kids under age 6.   You can only imagine… Continue reading “Cleanliness is NOT Next to Godliness”

Motherhood

Books We Love

Now that I am a proud holder of a Master of Science in Library Education degree, I should be an expert on all things children’s literature. Unfortunately, I know a whole lot about the Dewey Decimal System and not a lot about specific titles. My go-to books are ones I loved when I was a kid and books we happen to discover at a bookstore or library.

Before kids, trips to the library were relaxing and meditative. I took my time browsing  my favorite sections and finding new and interesting books to read. Sometimes I even sat in the quiet and read the book I settled on. Now, I sprint after my three-year-old (who is making a beeline to the toys and puzzles) with my infant strapped to my chest and a giant reusable tote bag slung over my shoulder. I grab any picture books that look mildly interesting from the tops of the shelves (thank you, librarians, for keeping that area well stocked) and I throw them into the bag. We accumulate one or two (or ten) more during L’s playtime when she finds Daniel Tiger board books from the kid-level toddler bin and pulls hardcover picture books from the nearest shelf (this shelf is the juvenile non-fiction mythology section – we’ve read a book about the origins of the Loch Ness Monster 25 times since we last visited the library).  Continue reading “Books We Love”

Motherhood

Our favorite books!

I have always hoped my kids would love reading as much as I do… so far, so good! They are always down for a trip to the library and some time on the couch with a pile of books. Not long ago my son brought an impressively high tower of books to the couch, a smirk on his face. He was obviously testing out my endurance; I am proud to say I stayed the course and read the whole tower’s worth. Continue reading “Our favorite books!”

Motherhood

Madeline and More

This week, we got a little bored and decided to make twelve little girls in two straight lines, and the smallest one was indeed Madeline.  We took construction paper, markers, scissors, and a glue stick and had an hour’s worth of fun.  Leli helped me glue the girls together (so they stand up on their own), and we named each one.  They walked around, went to bed, and lined up a lot.  I keep them in the Madeline library book we have on loan and am slightly tempted to return it with them inside…just to make a librarian smile. 😉

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Motherhood

Mom Moments

We all have them, I hope.  Maybe some have them without being a parent…just think of the things that you do when you’re really tired and are operating with only half the normal brainpower.  Things like putting your library card in a debit card machine, wondering where your phone is while talking on it, etc.  Take those moment, multiply their frequency, lower the brainpower a little bit, and add a child to comment on your recent mistake= Voila!  Mom moment.

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Motherhood

When Potty Training Gets Dramatic

See that beautiful photo of a waterfall? It’s a visual representation of how potty training has gone so far for our family. A sheer rock face that is impossible to climb because you will be drowned, knocked down, or at least soaked by massive amounts of liquid coming from the other direction. Continue reading “When Potty Training Gets Dramatic”

Recipes

Iced Coffee (the efficient version)

I think I first fell down the iced coffee rabbit hole when I was working at McDonald’s in high school. I LOVED working the 5:00 am shift for a myriad of reasons, and I was also duel enrolling at the local community college. My managers would let me work the back drive through (where they take your order and your money) so that I could study in between customers. My brain felt overloaded for much of that period of my life, so I was often fueled by coffee.

Okay, not much has changed.

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Motherhood

Puff Control

Control is an illusion.  You think you have it and “Poof!”- it vanishes into thin air.  Because it was all just an illusion after all.  Yet, it is the illusion that we all strive after, like kids with butterfly nets who run into each other over and over with our eyes straining after those fluttering, fleeting winged things.  We can’t see each other for the busy-ness, for the striving after control. Continue reading “Puff Control”