Can you guess what my favorite color is?
It’s all over my house and my girls.
I’ll give you some clues:
The Mission: Devour the toppings off of the pizza and leave only the crust.
First, you look around and make sure no one is watching.
(Ah! But Mommy has eyes in the back of her head! And a zoom lense! *evil laugh*)
Some of you asked who cooks and who does laundry if the Mommy is always playing.
Good question! 🙂
I do all of our laundry on Fridays, and I still cook. We only eat one big meal a day (lunch) and eat very light for breakfast and dinner.
Also, my wonderful Husband has made it a priority to work from home as much as possible. His office is here and while he does have to go out often, he is usually at home with us.
I was raised with my dad being around and for many years his dad worked from home too. We saw the richness this brings and felt it important for us. We realize that it is not possible for most families to have Daddy at home, but we thank God that our Daddy can be.
We respect his time and try to leave him alone so he can study and work, but in a pinch (“Honey, I’m elbow deep in raw hamburger and the Fripits needs to go potty!”) he jumps in like Superman and saves the day.
Also, having Daddy around he has seen how difficult it is at times to do those nitty-gritty, deep cleaning or organizing with small children. I’m thankful he doesn’t demand a lot of me and usually reminds me that those things are not important for us in this stage of our life.
Most of my days are spent playing. We paint, build with blocks, push toy strollers around, watch Barney, sing songs, build forts, make messes.
I’ve tried routines, schedules, cleaning house with them by my side…and I have a hard time staying happy. I get very frustrated, my priorities fly out of order and I dread getting out of bed in the morning.
So now, we play.
One day they will learn to do dishes. (I hope)
One day they will entertain themselves.
One day I will wake up and see that all the diapers have been changed and the youngest is potty trained. Then, I will dust the top of the fridge.
Until then, I play.
I would rather be the “cool” Mom on the block with the messy house. The one who lets you eat cookies on the couch, and stay up past your bedtime.
Much better than Mean Mommy.
Here’s a quick, easy indoor activity that my three year old loved. She did this for a very long time. A very long time in preschool would be about 20 minutes or so.
I taped a piece of clear contact paper onto a wooden cabinet, with the sticky side of the paper facing out. Then I gave her foam cut outs to arrange on the contact paper. She loved it. Next time I will give her other objects as well, beads, fabric scraps, pipe cleaners, ribbon, etc.
It was a nice CLEAN art project. And I’m all about that.
Just a few things that work out well for us. 🙂
2. Watch funny Youtube videos and laugh till you snort.
4. Talk to each other about books you are reading.
6. Cook together.
7. At home date night, once a week.
8. Don’t fight.
9. Take pictures of each other making funny faces.
10. Read Winnie The Pooh by A.A Milne and figure out which character your spouse is. (I’m Piglet with a bit of Tigger, he’s Rabbit with a bit of Tigger as well.)