The last time I took an uninterrupted shower was over 3 years ago. Before baby, showering & prepping myself for the day took around an hour. When Baby No. 1 was born, showers were a quick in-and-out as she napped or spent peeking through the curtain to see if she was still breathing. Should I bring her in with me & take a lukewarm shower? Maybe I can leave her in her seat downstairs while I jump in quickly? Or perhaps she can sit in her seat right in the bathroom next to me? Either way, being a new Mom, I was usually concerned & would never enjoy a hot shower. Now, with two, showers come on nights & weekends when my husband is here. Otherwise it’s during a very rare nap when both kids are asleep or being interrupted & running down the stairs sopping wet to find that my one year-old has discovered how to open the gate. With another on the way, I realize I will never see a peaceful shower for at least 18 years.
It’s funny how we give things up as parents. It’s also funny how I really don’t mind. I don’t mind that I have to shower on the edge. It makes it more productive that way. Who says showers need to be relaxing anyway?! Five- to ten-minute showers are much less enlightening, but they sure manage to produce a clean result. Everything gets done in a timely fashion. That seems to be the way all things are lately…
Attention Stay-At-Home Moms: I seek your knowledge! Being at home with my children is financially ambitious!
With each day comes an entire new set of challenges. Usually, when it rains, it pours, as the case may be on this day. The literal rain today has taken over our plans to have fun in the fall sun. Instead, we’re forced to stay indoors & clean, organize & refresh our home.
Within the next month, we have to decide where we will live for the next 6 months to a year, maybe longer. We have outgrown our space! Certainly it won’t get any better when we add a fifth body in the Spring.
Financially, we have found it nearly impossible to live on one income (my husband’s) while I stay at home with the kids. Somehow, we manage, even if it’s just by the skin of our teeth. Maternity “leave” from my self-employment has turned into a 3 year hiatus from full-time work. At this time, I find it more important for our family to be home with our children. That is a decision that didn’t come without consequences, but is one that we are 100% dedicated to & will do anything to make functional. I look forward to hearing from my readers any tips & advice on how to make it work.
So, off we go to reorganize, not only our home, but our future. There is a lot on our plate right now. It is up to us to figure it out.
It’s a bronze-colored squeeze bottle of my favorite brand, Aleene’s. (I had to google the brand name spelling since I don’t have the bottle handy to double-check.)
I can’t find it anywhere. I need it, pronto, for a project that is going out in the mail today. I really don’t want to pack up both kids, strap them in their carseats & head out to the art store just to buy another bottle when I know it’s in that mess somewhere. Not to mention, I’ll leave the store with a bunch of stuff for more fun activities that I really don’t have time for.
Creative people need a lot of stuff. (There I go again with that word, stuff!) I have boxes and cases and bags of stuff to make other stuff. I’ve recently discovered that I have done a project from every aisle in Michael’s. (Great coupons on that site, by the way.) Isn’t that crazy?! It’s taken 32 years of ongoing arts and crafts to accomplish that unplanned goal! Woohoo for me!
Anyway, the point is I have so many supplies I could seriously start my own shop. See that bookcase full of junk? I have another section of the house dedicated to knitting, another for paper goods, another for beading & jewelry making, another for painting, and another and another and another. Oh yeah, and a very large section of the basement dedicated to making things prettier.
Organization is key, but I have a really hard time finding the time to keep up with the constant additions to my creative whirlwind of paraphernalia. Sometimes I even rope the kids in to help, especially when it’s their art supplies. They’ve got quite the collection going already, too. I guess it’s only natural seeing how their mother exists purely through creativity.
Back to why I started writing in the first place ~ if you can see my glue in those partially organized artsy-fartsy shelves, please comment below and let me know. I’d really appreciate it. Thanks
Spring cleaning! The time of year where I break a sweat at least once a day dusting, vacuuming, organizing & weeding through the old. It’s a necessity around here since we live in 1200 square feet of space with a LOT of “stuff”. (Always reminds me of the George Carlin skit.) We seem to have a pretty ridiculous system of getting rid of our stuff only to get more stuff! We do, however, love our stuff. I have to admit that although my children have enough stuff to start their own preschool, it is rather fun seeing them utilize their new stuff. It’s also fun when they contribute to the organization of their stuff. Put those little helping hands to work!
- Kids’ Desk Area ~ almost organized!
Kids' Desk Area
Somehow, some way, once the stuff is in it’s place, it instantly finds it’s way out of order. Now, my sweaty attempts to organize literally get smashed to pieces when I let those little helping hands loose in the newly cleaned space. The perfectionist side of me says everything must be in it’s place. The mother side of me says to let it go or you’ll end up pulling your hair out. Let this be yet another lesson in parenthood…organize, schmorganize!