It’s a bit challenging to maintain a blog about being a mom when you spend only four waking hours with your kids. We’re in that back to school for teachers week that’s full of sorting through the mess you were too tired to fool with last year and meetings that leave you feeling a bit panicky. I’ve seen a whole lot more of school than Chica and Bubba these last three days.
I want so badly to continue this blogging thing through the school year, but I know I’ll have to be a bit more creative in order to find both material and time. Thanks for sticking with me as I figure it out.
So tonight I have no great words of wisdom ready, nor any super funny stories from our adventures. I’ve challenged myself, however, to see if I have ten moments worth remembering and recording today. Not the most original idea, but maybe in this case, something is better than nothing.
- I had to be at a different building other than my own this morning at 8 a.m., so there was none of the normal pressure that I put on myself to get to school early to get working. This afforded me just a few extra slow moments with Bubba on my bed after he was fed and happy. Today was one of those days where he looks different from the night before. How does that happen?
- I love the look on Chica’s face when she emerges from her dark, sleepy cave. We don’t do night lights, so the bright light of the kitchen nearly blinds her when she comes to find us. This was a happy morning…no mention of watching any movies before breakfast. I don’t know why that blasted box has become such an attraction and a battle lately.
- On our drive this morning, Chica asked me if she had beautiful eyelids. Except she didn’t know the word for eyelids. Her attempt at describing this body part was quite amusing.
- Nana made zucchini bread, and I got to have a piece when I dropped off the kids this morning at her house. This was exactly the pick-me-up my up since 4:45 a.m. body needed.
- A school friend invited me to go out to lunch. Nine times out of ten my task oriented self insists on working through lunch on days like this. Today I took her up on the offer, and we were joined by two new teachers. I truly have to work hard at building relationships with new people, but I’m always glad when I do.
- I’m thinking I may have a bit of a hoarding problem when it comes to office supplies at school. This has only been made harder to overcome by taking over classrooms of two teachers in a row who have left. School friends, if you ever need sticky notes, chalk, or …well….anything…I probably have it.
- Bubba is really getting into eating these days, but he hasn’t learned the beauty of a bib yet. When I got to Nana’s house, she had convinced him to wear a dish towel like a cape instead.
- I’ll never understand why Chica protests baths so much and then protests again when it’s time to get out. I just don’t get it.
- You know that clean baby smell you look forward to after a bath? When you accidentally use a sour washcloth, you don’t get the same smell, no matter how many times you sniff their head afterwards.
- Tonight I had to bribe myself with ice cream to get the day’s bottles in the dishwasher. I’m as bad as the kids.
A fellow blogger commented on one of my recent posts about the “focus on the innately mundane of your everyday life.” I’m not sure why, but I just love that description. There’s something about recording those innately mundane moments and seeing them all together that all of a sudden makes this day go from good to better. Funny how that works.