what mom's really want.

At this point in motherhood things that happen to me aren't as big of deal as they once were, and yet, I'm still learning.  This morning my toddler tried to escape gymnastics while I was talking to my son's coach, I fed my kids all the packaged snacks I once said "I would never do.." in the car and called it lunch, and then when we got home my one year old said "lunch."  Yah right kid- all those packaged snacks were your lunch.  Ok fine.  You can have a cheese stick.

It hit me while I was putting him down for his nap that us mom's aren't tired because of physical activity all the time, although yes, let us wear workout clothes all the time, it's because the mental capacity we need to keep up with all the things can be exhausting.  We return things and wash things and pack presents and feed families, work our minds at other jobs, and sometimes iron.  Oh, just me? There's a huge pile in my closet yelling at me.

Today at my son's school we were to send in something sweet or minty for our teachers.  I went the sweet route and made them draw pictures and write cards this morning.  Ya know what? The parking lot was packed today with all the mom's bringing in all the things for the teachers.  I'm here to balance things out.  We drew a picture.

And then, this weekend it's mother's day.  This holiday is an interesting one for me because I'm already thinking about Father's day and what we're going to do for that.  Here's what I know I don't want to do- dishes.  And so, we'll eat out some, maybe grill, maybe eat on paper plates.  Whatever it takes to keep the kitchen clean.

Presents are pretty typical when it comes to mother's day, right?  Flowers, a book, maybe something smelly.  Overall, I think Mom wants time- and to not have to do the dishes.

** note- this was written before mother's day and then my computer freaked out and I wasn't able to finish it and hit send.  I wanted to post it regardless, because I'm working on continuing to breathe life into this space.  Also, this picture is the only one I took on Mother's Day.  I asked for worms.  Nope.  

friday favorites

Here we go again.  It's been a chilly week here and I'm glad it's Friday.  It's opening weekend for the boys baseball teams so we get to see their first games and let's hope for some warmer weather.

This post will be a quick one before my oldest gets home, but before he does I wanted to share some things I've been loving this week.

1.  Creating More.  Before this post I had planned to sit down and get some work done, emails, look at the calendar, look at the budget.  I felt antsy.  SO. for about 25 minutes I painted.  It's not perfect but it's something.  It's a start.  It means I'm working in the right direction and for me, that's going to be a favorite this week.  Yesterday Tucker was antsy so he and I colored and drew and painted together too.  He loved it, and so did I.  Win win for mama and child while Evan napped and Anderson was at school.

2.  Keeping our Meal Plan Simple!   With two in baseball now and some commitments at church some evenings I've had to simplify meal planning big time.  So, here's what we do.  I think it's a lot of pressure to meal plan out everything or think you need to stick to a certain structure, but knowing a few days what we're doing has helped me breathe a little easier.  We do Taco Tuesday + Friday's we do frozen pizza and ice cream sundaes (and movie night).  The kids look forward to it and so do we!  Big meals can happen on a night we don't have baseball, or on the weekend. At least one night is going to be leftovers and I always have something easy on hand like kielbasa + sauerkraut or make a huge batch of sloppy joes for or from the freezer. This week we ate up a freezer lasagna as well, although we're leaning more and more lactose intolerant in this family so I'm going to be looking for some  freezer meals that don't contain cheese!

3. This Book.  I finished my first Kristin Hannah book and now I get all the hype.  I'm going to start Nightingale this weekend.

That's all she wrote for now, guys.  I hope next week I can tell you warm weather was my favorite, but for now being outside in the cold and wind is not up there on the favorites list.  Happy Weekend. Here's the sunshine + spring weather!