Thursday, May 5, 2016

Life Lately

As much as I want to get back into this space full time I have learned that right now I just can't. I need to let other things take center stage and survive well for the month of May. It is just a crazy month. I have tons to do at work. When I get home I'm exhausted but I have to contend with a 3 year old who has to have lots of attention. He refuses to go to sleep unless I'm laying beside him and I don't know about you but if I'm forced to get into bed for 30 minutes I'm probably not going to make it out until morning. As much as I lay there and tell myself to stay awake, I just can't. It would be so great to be able to get up once he is asleep and do things I enjoy but I seriously can not make myself stay awake.

But I did want to stop in say hello and give a quick life update.

Today I'm a fill in mother for our 5th grade Mother's Day Tea. Every year the 5th graders do a program for their mothers. Everyone cries and it is beautiful. A few kids have parents that can't or won't attend (don't get me started) and those kids ask someone to be their mom for the day. This year I've been asked. I haven't done it in a couple years and what is great is that the last time I filled in for a mom I was this siblings mother. So I'm basically the official school mother for this crew and I love it. I'm gonna cry, like blubber cry. Last time I cried like a big ol baby and I wasn't even a mother then so I've been preparing myself.

Over the weekend it rained and rained and rained. We were stuck inside but I've learned a little trick that makes Saturday a little more pleasant. Jack loves his railroad tracks. They take up a lot of space but they entertain him for hours. I've learned to get them out Saturday morning so I can have a little peace. he'll play the majority of the morning and then off and on the rest of the day. Sunday when he wakes up they are gone. He'll ask about them but I distract him the best I can. Getting them out only on Saturday helps them to stay current and it gives me a little break.

We finally made it outside for a few minutes on Saturday. We had to wear our boots and no pants because that is just how we do things in Arkansas. We love muddy puddles!

This little rascal got into my brand new mascara and did his own make-up. Y'all I had to laugh. You can tell he has seen me do my make-up but he totally ignored the other eye. However, he did not ignore his arms. But let me tell ya, my Simple face wipes got that mascara right off with ease. He was so proud and I was proud of myself. I didn't get mad. I didn't freak out. I handled it with grace and I count that as a parenting win. 

I'm working on some big mental hurdles right now and I'm doing good with it. I'm actually starting to look forward to summer and I have some big stuff planned. 

Things are looking up my friends!


  1. What an honor to be a fill in mom for the day! That made me teary eyed, so I can imagine how it makes you feel! I'm sure those sweet kids look forward to coming to the library & seeing your sweet face! Have a great day!

  2. That's so sweet of you to fill in for those kids!

    And we gave up on bedtime for C. She stays up until I go to bed or if I'm lucky she'll fall asleep on the couch. Last night she was partying with the book club I'm in until almost 11.

  3. It's good to have an update of your life. And I can relate on so many levels, even though I'm 16 months behind you....the sleep thing, don't even get me started. And the doing whatever you can for a few minutes of peace - yep! All me, all the way. This Mommying thing is hard work! :)

  4. Thanks for the update! It's definitely a busy time of year. I loved your idea of rotating toys and only doing trains once a week. I try to rotate books, but I bet Olive would get excited if I rotated her toys instead of just having them all out. Hope you have fun at the Mother's Day party - that's really sweet that you can go and no one will feel left out. Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!!

  5. That's so great that the school lets the children choose stand-in moms. At our school I don't think there would be enough fill-in moms, which is really sad. Good for you!

  6. Glad you are looking forward to the summer. I don't think Jack has a future in cosmetology. And I love that you bring the train tracks out only on Saturday. I wish we rotated Olivia's toys.


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