Sometimes motherhood isn’t all that glamourous. Hmm who am I kidding? Most days aren’t all that glamorous. It is easy to pop on the internet and see families living in big exciting cities, doing big exciting things and feel less than thrilled about your own small town surroundings. But truth be told, every Mom, no matter where they are living has to figure out how to handle their day to day. We all have laundry, dishes, bills, crazy kids, sleepless night, etc… In all honesty, I really truly feel like “fun is how you make it, not where you make it” (Thanks Piebald!). Somedays the mundane tasks can get you down though. I know I feel like that sometimes. You try to juggle so much, hoping to get everything done yet you find yourself defeated at the end of the day with a whole lot of nothing finished.
Anyone else feel like this sometimes?
The other day when I was feeling way too house bound for my liking I decided to put aside everything that needed to get done and create some fun for us. It led to an afternoon in the teepee with the girls. Eating lunch, reading stories and making some memories. It wasn’t anything fancy or crazy but it was fun and we had a wonderful afternoon together in our backyard.
Jen, I feel ya!! Thank you so much for this post. I am new to this whole stay-at-home Mom thing and most days I just feel like I get to the end of the day and have nothing to show for it. It is such an encouragement to me to know that other amazing Moms that I look up to feel the same sometimes. I’ve have these daydreams in my head recently about packing this little family of mine up and moving to Nashville or New York or any place where I could step out the door and instantly have 100 things happen to me that would be worth telling my husband about at the end of the day, good, bad or otherwise. But, deep down I love where we are and know that no matter where I live nothing will change if I don’t make the effort to make the day count.
Thank you for being so relateable. You really did just make my day!! 🙂 Now off to finish up the laundry. 😉
Couldn’t agree more Jen! I sometimes feel that way too. Reading about other people and the glamorous and foreign lives they live sometimes leaves me feeling less than excited about my own circumstances. But truly, fun is how you make it, not where. A change in attitude and perspective can do wonders for the soul.
You seem like such a great mom!
I recently started following you blog and I love it! Being a mother of three it can be really hard to find time for your self and lot let the mundane drag you down. Often times it’s the little things that make me and the kids happier. Thanks for sharing reality. You’re doing wonderfully!
this is a great post. i can totally relate! gorgeous photos!
I love this! Sometimes I feel horrible for the dishes being piled up, the laundry not being done, but I’d rather play with my baby and have wonderful memories of her.. not the chores!
I hear ya! I’m a teacher and off for the summer and its taken about a month for me to get into a groove with my 2 year old. I really love spending our days together but it is most defiantly a juggling act. I really enjoy reading your blog!
Being a mother is nothing glamorous is a great experience with their comings and goings few days is wonderful and one you would throw your hair. It is best that you keep these moments for them I thank them infinitely with a smile. Kisses and happy Thursday.
sometimes i wish i had someone that could do all the house work, yard work, laundry and meal prep so when i got home from work all i had to do was spend time with my family and not miss any of those moments as Cozy grows…it all happens so fast and sometimes i feel i miss out because i am just too exhausted 🙁
Jen- don’t feel jealous of people living in bigger cities! They have no big green backyard, the traffic takes forever to get to those places to do ‘exciting’ things, it’s hotter, there’s more humidity, there’s no parking, no space in general, everything is super expensive so half the time you can’t do anything, it’s just worse!
But Jen, your posts always make ME want to get out and do more fun stuff! And I don’t even have kids! 🙂 Still, it’s good to know we all feel the rut sometimes. No doubt you’re making plenty of fun, happy, warm memories for your girls. The dishes can ALWAYS wait!
I live in the most amazing city of San Francisco-and I still feel exactly as you described. Yes there are amazing things to do when we venture out, but who has energy to leave the house with an infant-ha! I would love to have the backyard you have to play with your kiddos-that looks divine to me. 🙂
Maybe I missed it in a previous post, but where did you get (or make) that tent? It’s fabulous!
I would love to spend an afternoon in that tent with my 1 yr old. =)
Good to be reminded that simple and no to-do list is always a great way to pass the day with the kiddo(s).
I have to echo Colleen. Where did you aquire that amazing tent??? I makes me want to brave the mosquitos here in the south and hang out in the back yard with my boys.