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To The Mom That Does Nothing. You’re Doing Everything

I was laying on the floor the other day letting the 9-month old craw all over me, thinking about everything I wanted to accomplish before my other two boys woke up from their nap. I wanted to vacuum and mop, as well as pull the fridge out and hunt for the lizard we failed to catch. He hid behind the fridge days ago, and I am afraid he’s dying back there. Instead of giving the baby some snacks and toys, I just laid there with him. I could’ve occupied him with all sorts of interesting things and a cracker in his mouth, so he wouldn’t notice that I was busy. I feel extra mom guilt for the third little guy because he ends up crawling after us, trying to keep up with the whirl wind of activity around him. He’s so good and happy just watching, but I wanted to…

When The Laundry Piles Are Too High

Do you know how much laundry we have with two toddler boys and a baby? I can’t tell you how many times I walk outside to find them naked, clothes thrown in the bushes, mud and pool. I wish I could just tape on some underwear and leave it at that. A Tarzan-type attire suites them much better really. Laundry is something I have a very hard time keeping up with. Putting the clothes in the wash is a breeze. Getting them to the dryer in a timely manner is a little more difficult, but I’ve gotten better. Getting them folded to a proper place? Nearly impossible. And sometimes the sheer impossibility is so discouraging. I look at the laundry pile slowly growing larger and larger, and it seems like this massive mountain I have to climb with two toddlers clinging to each leg, and a baby in my arms.…

To The Mom with Multiple Little Ones: You Will Survive

I let my toddlers watch Cops a while back. We were out of town, and for whatever reason our cable wasn’t working. We had a long day, I was tired, the baby was tired, and I couldn’t wrangle my wild stallions any longer. I needed some TV-time to get us to BED time. “Bad Boys, Bad Boys….Watcha gonna do…” that song is still one they love. Luckily they didn’t really understand what was happening, they were just mesmerized by the police lights and sirens and take down. I was desperate. Having multiple little ones is hard work. They all wine and cry at different times, so it feels like no one is happy ever. Its a world of complete chaos, and some days are so fun, while others are so hard. When you have multiple little ones (mine are four, two and 4 months) there is always some kind of…

A Letter To My Defiant and Brilliant Child

Hello sweet child. I am writing you this letter today because I walked out on you and everyone yesterday, and I want you to know why. I want you to look back on that night and understand it was because I love you so much. I walked out the door, and I kept walking because I needed to breath and think about why we were butting heads. See, my precious, you are everything to me. You made me a mother. We aren’t seeing eye to eye right now, and I am wracking my brain and reading books to understand you better. I want you to know how special you are. You are incredibly smart. Your mind races from one idea to the next, and you put together the mysteries of the world in the most beautiful, philosophical theories. Your appetite for fun, adventure and danger are insatiable, and sometimes I’m…

5 Unconventional Indoor Activities For Busy Toddler Boys

After the holidays, we find that the new toys become old, the busy schedules fall silent, and all the holiday activities have been done and enjoyed. Its still cold, wet and not friendly outside. We get cabin fever faster than I can poor my coffee, so out of sheer desperation, I’ve come up with some fun and light-hearted indoor activities my boys love! My Top 5 Unconventional, Indoor Activities For Busy Toddlers: Pillow Fight: This really ends up being a pillow attack on myself. The boys love playing on the bed, throwing the pillows around and basically getting to show me their muscles and strength by nailing me in the face. The best part about this game is they really get some energy out. That is pretty much the goal with every activity: make them tired. You might also like: School of Motherhood: Everything I Wish My Mother Told Me…

I Quit Pursuing My Dream Career and Let God Hire Me

Here is an intro of the guest post I wrote over at Peony And Pine Company. They are a fabulous, local, PNW business, and I was so excited when they accepted my submission as a part of their blog. I Quite Pursuing My Dream Career And Let God Hire Me ​I’ve been slowly remembering pieces of childhood songs my mom used to sing to me. I tend to be able to only sing the chorus and maybe one verse over and over, but my boys think it’s the whole song. Ones like, “Rock-a-bye  baby in the tree top, when the wind blows, the cradle will rock…” then I think the cradle falls but I just sing that line about 5 times in a row. Its amazing how natural those songs come to me, like I just heard them, yet it was so very long ago that they were ingrained in…

School of Motherhood: Everything I Wish My Mother Told Me Before Kids

I studied pretty hard for the SATs. I took courses, went to practice tests, worked with friends and really did my best to prepare for the standardized test that determines your college future. Why isn’t there some sort of pre-parents study guide? One that gives you the list of special skills you need to practice to ensure you adapt and succeed at becoming a mom? I wish my mom, or anyone really, would’ve provided me a study guide or practice list before my first little bundle whirled into my life. You know, like a, “this will be on the test immediately upon giving birth” type of guide. There are so many simple things I could’ve started practicing prior to my first child, that would’ve better equipped me mentally and physically. For example, mastering the one-handed, peanut butter and jelly sandwhich. I could’ve been practicing and practicing this skill to avoid many…

Holidays at Renaissance Hotels: Fun For The Whole Family!

Little kids make the holidays sweeter, yet harder all at the same time. Its more difficult to navigate through activities, avoid messes and keep everyone happy with limited naps and all the excitement, but the wonder, magic and joy from their little spirits is worth it all. We really found the Holiday festivities at The Renaissance Hotel Palm Springs to be one of the best Holiday events yet. Each day there were fun, kid-friendly crafts, a Pinterest-worthy hot chocolate bar, tasty and sweet sugar cookies sprinkled with red and green, COFFEE!! and super cute decorations. If your child loves crafts with glue, colors, stickers and sparkles, you have to go every day! We started on Day 2, the Elf and Santa Hat decorating extravaganza. The elf hats were more than expected, with a little jingle bell on the top. The stickers were exactly what my toddlers need because they were soft,…

Purpose For Your Pain Marie Lofton

Today, we have a story by Marie Lofton from Whispers of a Crazy Mother. This is a difficult read. Marie captures the pain of miscarriage vividly and raw. You are taken through her experience with her, catapulted into her doctors appointments and painful news. Please grab a tissue and be prepared to need a hug, yet to also find such a sense of gratefulness at the end of her story. Don’t forget to connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. She has a great post, When Your Best Is Not Enough that you should also check out after this one. Let’s get straight to her story, and I’ll save her bio for the end. I remember discovering when we were pregnant with our first baby, it was January 20th 2009 (inauguration day of President Obama); we were newlyweds, just married the prior November. We were literally jumping up and…

Here’s A Truth That Shocked Me. You Need To Hear It Before The Holiday Weekend

“I was sitting in a deep-seated, leather chair in a place I’d only been a handful of times. I wasn’t yet familiar with the office, but I was comfortable enough to let some feelings and thoughts roll out. I was struggling to recount some stressful events in my life, when the counselor looked at me and said something that blew my mind. I wanted to knock some sense into him, but I was just speechless. He said, “you’re a perfectionist.” Time stopped. I was shocked and almost offended because it sounded so wrong. I contemplated walking straight out the door without a word. Um, what? Pretty sure I need a new counselor, I thought quickly. Didn’t I just tell him how frustrated I was with how not perfect things were? Well, I guess he hasn’t seen my car. I should show him all the crumbs hiding in the car seats and…