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The weather has been fairly nice this week, Spring-like, if you ask the flowers and trees that are blooming and sprouting buds all over the place. Unfortunately, we’ve spent the majority of the week inside with hopefully the last of the winter virus’ paying call on the youngest two monkeys. One positive thing about being stuck in the house, however, is that with some inspiration from the internet and my handy-dandy Pinterest boards, my littlest monkeys and I have had some crazy fun doing lots of different activities and crafts!
Last year at this time I was so burnt out that coming up with a functional grocery list was a challenge…coming up with new and fun activities to do with my kiddos was comparable to juggling while doing college algebra. I knew that I was capable, heck, I used to pretty good at it! What’s changed?
This is my seventh year of being a SAHM and I’ve always strived to create a fun environment where I can educate through exploration and creativity. The creative well however, and (sad to say) my verve for being a SAHM, had been slowly leaking away while I struggled with everyday mundane tasks that seem to increase exponentially when kids enter school. Laundry, cooking, cleaning, homework, laundry, cooking, cleaning, homework………………………….day after day, after day, after day!! Not only are these tasks time-consuming and tiring, but they can just suck the life right out of you if given half a chance! I feel like I struggled through the first several months of Charles’ first year, just keeping my head above water and not being the fun-loving wife and mom I had always been before. When summer hit, I decided to make a change and change I did! I had fun activities and outings planned throughout the summer, interspersed with scheduled playdates with friends and family…I got my mom-mojo back—yeah!!
So when the new school year started, I was energized and ready to have fun, rewarding, and enlightening days with my youngest two. Pinning on Pinterest has been another way that I’ve gained some of my mom-mojo back; now the creative juices are flowing out of control!! I’ve always hated that saying, it really sounds kind of gross…juices should refer to fruits and veggies, not people. Oh well, it’s an apropos saying I guess, so there it is. Anyway, to keep that cycle going and to share a bit of the love, I’ve begun this blog. Maybe some of my mom-mojo will rub off onto another worn-out, SAHM struggling through the never-ending, yet ever-increasing daily tasks of adulthood. Being an adult sucks. If you are creative–you can find ways to play like a kid again–with your kids; and that’s better than anything else!!