I just read an email about being a mother and how it is okay to be surronded by the chaos that comes along with it. You should just embrace it instead of fighting it. It is amazing that something inspiring like that finds you just when you need it. People have preconceived notions on women that stay at home with their children. Homes should be clean, supper should be cooked, everything in their lives so neat and tidy. It is absolutely not that way. Television makes it looks to glamorous and my life is not even close to that. In the email/poem it reminds you that the important things are, that your children are happy and healthy, and that life as a mother tends to be organized chaos. As frustrating as it can be to find artwork colored on the wall with crayons or food spilled on the carpet, you just have to laugh. If you let all the little things of the every day get to you then you AND the rest of the family end up a stressed out mess. Your kids will love you even when the laundry needs to folded. And when they are older they are not going to remember that the dishes needed to be done but they will remember all the time you spent with them. Have fun with life and as the saying goes… Don’t sweat the small stuff.

I had another blog when I first started out, and found this post from 2-9-2011. When I read it I thought about how much time has flown by since then and how big my kids have gotten. I wrote this post about my daughter who was only 10 months old at the time. Now she is 33 months old which is almost 3 years old. Wow! Where does the time go. I copied the post below for everyone.

All it takes is one little smile and I am reminded that life does not have to be so stressful. This week has taken a lot out of me. I am still in the recovery part of my surgery from last week yet I am trying to keep up with my everyday tasks since my husband is back at work this week. I have struggled to keep up and my body can only do so much at this point, but the dishes and laundry and supper and dirty floors and most of all my children don’t understand this fact. And to be honest I was letting it all get to me and feeling the weight of it all. But today while spending time with my little peanut I decided that none of it really matters. We were in the floor playing with a shape sorting toy which up til this point she has not really understood the point of. Basically she just plays with the shapes it came with. But today for the first time she tried to put the shape through the hole and realized hey this actually does something! As soon as the shape went through she looked at me and smiled this I can’t believe I just did that smile. That was all it took. It is amazing how these little milestones by her can make all the troubles melt away. It reminds me that all of those other things really don’t matter because my kids are happy and they are learning and growing into amazing human beings. And here I was spending my time feeling stressed and wasting the time I have with my family. They are not kids forever and I don’t want this to fly by and I miss it because I was too preoccupied worrying about bills or cleaning the house. I know it sounds silly that something that small from my little girl brought all of this on but it did. I feel like you can’t help but be taken over by life sometimes and it’s good to have little ah-hah moments to bring you back down to what matters. I am very proud of my little peanut even if it is for something as small as sorting a shape.

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Children’s Cartoons

Has anyone sat down and watched children’s cartoons lately. It amazes me what they put out there for our children to watch. My daughter only watches certain cartoons like Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and The Backyardigans. When my son was younger he only watched these types of cartoons as well. Now that he is 7 and has his own TV, he gets a little more independence with what he watches. I have the parental controls set to where he can only watch G, PG and Y-7 programs. So I felt safe with letting him browse the channels and find things to watch while he is relaxing in his room. Today while looking for a cartoon that was appropriate for my daughter to watch I saw a title that shocked me. “Almost Naked Animals”. The title just sounds inappropriate. I began watching it to see what it was about since the rating was Y-7 (meaning something that my son would be able to see). I was appalled. These cartoon characters are running around literally half naked. With the appearance of breasts on the female characters with just a bra and panties. The boy characters just have underwear. These is ridiculous that this can even be on for kids to watch. Why would we want to shove sexuality in our young kids minds. I could only watch 5 minutes of this show before I was disgusted. Now I will have to sit down with my son and explain what he can and can not watch. I put this out there as a warning. We should never trust that just because it was created for children means that it is ok for them to watch. And obviously for me I have found out that just because I try to protect my kids using parental controls doesn’t take the place of me being a parent and taking responsibility.

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Beach Trip!

I just got back from the beach! I already wish I could go back. I took a trip down to Myrtle Beach SC with my kids. They had so much fun. This was my daughters first trip to the beach. She enjoyed the the sand and water. She took her sand toys and laughed while she was digging. Unlike most kids who laugh and run away when the waves of the ocean came in, she stood there and then chased them when they went out. As for my son he has always loved the beach. Actually he enjoys the beach but he loves the pool. The hotel we stayed at was called Sea Crest and it was perfect for a family with small children. It had 4 different pools and 2 lazy rivers as well as 2 Jacuzzis. One of the pools is like a water park with a water slide. And it was shallow enough to let my 1 year old daughter sit down and play in it, but enough activity that my 7 year old son could run around and not be bored. Like I said perfect. How often can you find one place that is suitable for those two drastically different ages. My son loved to go down the water slide over and over. It was such a nice and relaxing trip. I love to look out over the ocean and just listen to the waves, walking out on the beach in the morning before it gets to busy out. With the hotel having so many activities we really did not leave the hotel too much. The only place we did go to was Broadway at the Beach, which has always been one of my favorite places to hang out and walk around and eat. I took the kids to the Aquarium and while my daughter really didn’t care anything about it my son loved looking at the fish and sharks. His favorite part was seeing the eel swimming in the tank. I am so glad we made a last minute decision to go down to the beach. It was well worth the trip.

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