So yesterday this happened...
You walk by a mirror and see red on your face and wonder how you cut yourself, only to go to wipe it off and realize it is a blob of dried jello. How long have you been walking around like this?
This is a daily to-do item and yes, sometimes it does not get checked off.
Your daily to-do list includes the word "shower."
Yes, I'm a Mom and cleaning is my game.
You are feeling pretty good about the accomplishment of getting your kitchen cleaned up first thing in the morning, only to walk into your living room to find 2 boxes of Chex cereal that have been dumped onto your floor making it look like a sand box.
Oh my, I know what you're thinking how could this one time cool chick turn into this much of a nerd. Well, maybe I wasn't so cool to begin with but the cool factor diminishes with age. I guess you trade it in for wisdom, which doesn't seem too bad. :)
Now, yesterday was a great day. It was filled with adult conversations (a true luxury) and even though "shower" didn't get checked off the to-do list I felt like I accomplished a lot. One of the most interesting things, when I looked back at the day, was I had great "mom-versations. I had a talk with a mom, who I don't get to see very often and we talked about homeschooling. She home schooled her kids and I had a lot of questions for her. She was gracious, as always, and answered them and gave me her opinion. It was interesting and she brought up ideas I had never thought about. She is a confident mom that loves education and inspiring her kids to learn.
Have you found when you talk to people and you listen, really listen and don't try to think of the next thing you're going to say how much you can learn. I learn a lot and get inspired a ton by being around other people and especially moms who talk about their experiences, what works and what road blocks they've had.
Then, in the afternoon I saw another mom friend who is super organized and she was telling me about a friend of hers who has some great organization ideas and house keeping tips. Inspiring. This got me to thinking about other friends of mine who happen to be moms...
I have mom friends that have special needs kids who are strong and organized and incredibly caring, I have mom friends who fish with their kids, teach them about bugs, spiders, camp fires and whose kids have the best sense of humor. I have a friend that I visited years ago in Kansas City, before I even had kids, that made a mark on me and she probably didn't even know it. I was at her house and her daughter dropped something and it rolled under a chair. My instinct was to get it for her but my friend, politely said, "No, L can get it." Then, the mom walked her through the steps to bend down, reach under the chair and retrieve the toy. I remember thinking, "That was amazing! When I have kids I want to teach them instead of doing for them all the time." That has stayed with me since and inspired me to teach my kids independence.
I could go on and on about the mom's I know and how they influence me everyday. I love hearing their stories, struggles, and ideas. I have another mom friend who is about to have her second child. She is incredibly creative. Just being around her inspires me. She makes me see things differently and gets my creative juices flowing. She is a great mom who I can't wait to see her on this new journey with her son and new son or daughter.
The best things about all the moms I know, including my own mom, is I have them in my life. They are amazing women who manage multiple things on a daily basis and through it all 98% of the time have a smile on their face. They make it through challenges and sing songs of praise when things are good. I love having all these moms to pull ideas and inspiration from. I challenge you to learn from those around you and listen, you never know what you'll learn that could help you with your day. Yesterday, I think I learned a label maker just might be the ticket to a more organized life, along with making sure my face is clean after feeding my children jello and teaching my children sandboxes are for outside as I lock the pantry and put the cereal boxes on the top shelf. :)
I will see what today holds. The kids are home and we have a full day ahead. I am not sure what adventure lies ahead but I am ready for what comes at me and I am sure it will include a lot of laughter no matter what it is.