That Time My Son Took a Salad Spinner to Preschool

Once upon a time, I only had one child. An easy child, at that. I had all the energy and time in the world to devote to this child. I was the best mom. (Or at least I thought I was!) I put my foot down when needed, I disciplined with care and with love. I never yelled. I never even raised my voice.

But then, one day, a sweet tiny baby girl came along, and my life was flipped upside down.

Transitioning from one kid to two rocked my world. My sweet, easy first child turned into a defiant, willful, difficult 2-year-old, and my adorable new baby hated sleeping. Like, hated it.

Fast forward to a year later. My first child was still testing me every minute of every day. My second child still didn’t like to sleep, and was starting to test her own limits. I was worn out, worn down, and scarcely alive. Each morning I pried my eyes open, willed my heavy body out of bed, and dived face first into mothering, treading along all day, without a break, feeling like I was just barely keeping my head above the water.

One morning, when Graham was 3 and Maddie was 1, I was rushing around, trying to get us all ready to leave the house. I frantically searched for clean socks, slapped together some pb&js , made sure we were all wearing shoes, and shoveled some breakfast into my kids’ mouths.

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My Goal to Become a “Yes-Mom” This Year

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It all began with a couple of bottles of dried up paint.

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My kids had been asking to paint for weeks. Each time I inwardly groaned, and cleverly redirected them to another less-messy activity. Because I really hate letting my kids paint. It always starts out fine – they innocently dip their paint brushes, mixing a few colors here and there, giggling and telling me all about the “masterpieces” they’re painting. But after about 10 minutes, it all starts to go downhill – fast! Someone starts mixing all the colors together, someone squeezes out almost an entire bottle of paint, someone starts painting her hand, face, or foot, someone starts smearing huge globs of paint all over the table… When we’re done, my kitchen looks like a rainbow exploded and I swear to myself that I’m never letting the kids paint again!

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But last week, I caved. My little artists had asked so many times to paint, and I knew I couldn’t hold out any longer. I opened up the storage box where we keep the painting supplies and (to my secret delight) all the paint was completely dried up. “Oh well! Guess we can’t paint today.”

My kids were heartbroken. My little one cried. Que the mommy-guilt…

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January Favorites Link-Up

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Happy Friday!

I’m starting a new link-up this month with a bunch of awesome bloggers. We’re each sharing some of our favorite things – so fun! This month has been a little different for me since I’m participating in the January Whole 30, but I still have lots of favorites to share. And after you read my post, make sure to check out my fellow co-hosts listed below!


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January Favorites

 

Favorite Place I Went This Month

Well, I’ve kind of been a hermit since I’m doing Whole 30 and I’ve been terrified of getting the flu. So we haven’t been to too many cool places. We did take the kids to the Decatur Toy Park this past weekend. And after being stuck inside because of all the snow the week before, it was so nice to get out! We had lunch at Taco Mac, grabbed some tea and coffee from Dancing Goats, and enjoyed spending time outdoors in the sun. It was such a nice family outing.

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The Day I Buried My Last F***

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One of my friends recently posted this hilarious meme on Facebook and tagged me and a few other friends in it. (It’s the cover of an old Nancy Drew novel with three girls burying something outside at night. The title on the book is “The Mysterious Night We Buried Our Last F***.”) I cracked up when I saw it! You see, the group of moms that she tagged in the meme are notorious for getting together to complain commiserate about motherhood. If I’m going to be completely honest here, we really get together to let our kids wear each other out, sip on some wine  coffee, and have a major b****fest.

Now, I know, a lot of moms would completely shame us for this. They’d say we need to be grateful, we’re so blessed, we’re privileged. Our children are precious gifts from God. (They are – really! I do believe this.) We have nothing really to whine about.

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But I’ve been a stay-at-home-mom for 5 plus years now. And sometimes, I need to complain. A lot. If you’re the type of mom that does feel blessed all the time – that’s wonderful! I’m so happy for you. But I wouldn’t suggest hanging out with my group of girlfriends any time soon. We’re still in the trenches of motherhood. The sleepless nights, shoveling our lunch into our mouths while we pass out goldfish and load the dishwasher, inadvertently training our bodies to poop at 9pm because it’s the only time we get a free minute to ourselves. This is our life. Our exhausting, mentally-taxing, beautiful, love-filled life.

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5 Things that Got Me Through My First Week of Whole 30

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I’m doing Whole 30 this month, along with everyone else in the world it seems! Whole 30 is blowing up my Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. I’m amazed at how many people can stick with such a super restrictive diet.

But here I am, 11 days in, actually sticking to it myself.

Crazy.

I do miss pasta.

And coffee creamer.

And anything and everything sweet.

But I feel like since I’m already 11 days deep, I might as well push through and finish this thing!

I wanted to share a few things that have been lifesavers for the past week and a half. If it weren’t for these 5 things, I’d probably have given up already. So if you’re thinking about trying Whole 30 yourself, check out my list of 5 things that got me through my first week of Whole 30.

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