Just keeping it real I've been know to do battle with myself over the day in and day outness (yes I know that's not a word) of being a "stay-at-home mom". I've wondered as I repeat the same tasks over and over, "How would one keep this job fresh and exciting??" And frankly I've drawn a blank. I was telling my bible study group this week how I sometimes think back to what I envisioned staying home with my kids looking like...ie: daily crafts, picnics at the park, playing with dolls, dressing up, games etc. And while yes, we do all of these things, we definitely do not do all of these things everyday. Because somewhere in my ethereal dream of motherhood I forgot about the part where my house would get messy. Or my five year old would drop a glass jar full of jelly. Or my 10 month old would get poop all over...oh never mind you get the point.
So a couple of weeks ago I was chatting with Nate about my lack of motivation to do the same things over and over everyday and he said something that changed my life. Are you ready? He said, "You just have to think of it this way babe...it's like you're working maintenance."
And then I hit him.
It actually really resonated with me. I suddenly looked at things in a whole new light. I think part of my problem had been that I somehow resented things for needing to be done over and over and over again. Instead of expecting them to need to be done over and over and over again. Realizing that it isn't the dishes (or any one's) fault that they are dirty again has been rather enlightening. This is just the way life works. A vicious cycle of routine and yes, it's my job to clean it up! I am after all MAINTENANCE MOM (que cheesy superhero music). And one other thing...I've decided if I'm going to take this whole maintenance thing seriously I really need a uniform. It would make me feel way more official....
With Christmas around the corner these bad boys are definitely at the top of my list!