White Stuff

Yep it’s here! That fluffy white stuff that covers the grass and the trees and tells us that winter is here. That S word, but today on the first day when I see how pretty it is, I don’t mind. Snow!

The first snowfall of the season is one of my favorites. Much like the first flowers of spring, the first snow brings with it the promise of events to come; Family Gatherings, Christmas, a New Year, Winter fun and on and on. We only hope that the winter isn’t too long and that those chinooks come often.

I’m enjoying the soft snowfall and the clean white trees, but ask me again how I feel March 1st, my opinion might be different. 😉

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How Mama Got Her Groove Back

Today is Sunday, the end of a week or the beginning of a new week, depending on your perspective. Today I looked around my house and thought, How did it get like this? I have the biggest laundry pile I have ever seen; to the point I stood and starred at it for a full 2 minutes thinking “where do I begin?” The girls room has exploded with stuffed animals yet again, the dishes are always waiting, the cradle still needs to be taken apart and stored, piles of papers for the “office” sit on top my filing cabinet, and our basement is no closer to being finished then it was in spring. Oh yes to me the little piles of stuff are starting to feel overwhelming. Now my house is NO WHERE NEAR close to an episode of Hoarders, but I feel like I need to take control again and get my mommy groove back.

For a while there, I was Domestic Diva, Crockpot dinners, laundry and dishes everyday, time to blog, time to shower (yes you read that right. lol) I had time to sew a few things and started making some Christmas presents. But then I got hit with a double wammy; Holidays.  We all love going on holidays, getting away and taking a vacation, but in the back of our mind a little voice tries to remind you how it works. First there is the pre-holiday laundry, then the packing, the race around the house to make sure you have not forgot everything, then the mad clean before you leave so as not to come home to a dirty house. Then you enjoy the holiday, and when it’s over……. then the unpacking, and the post-holiday laundry. And then someone gets sick and soon the whole house has the sniffles, and the laundry starts all over again. Oh if I could hire someone who only did my laundry, I’d have millions of more hours in my week. I had gotten a pretty good handle on it once by making sure to do one load a day. I need to get back into that groove again, to take control of the Mt.Everest I have in my basement.

Of course I need to give myself some credit. I was sick too this past week and that really takes it out of you. Plus having extra kids around, and like I said the post-holiday unpacking and laundry. Also, and a big Also, is I need to remind my self that just 7 months ago I had a little baby boy, and he has been the center of my world. He is little and he still needs his Mom. Although he has almost weened himself from nursing, he still wants Moms attention and we are working on getting him to sleep through the night again. He has been more demanding then my girls were.  He was sleeping 8hours through the night, but since his first cold he hasn’t been a good sleeper. Which in turn means mom doesn’t get much rest either. Now all Moms have learned to function on limited sleep, but let me tell you, we are not nearly as productive or motivated on 5hrs of rest.

So lets summarize: My house looks out of control, my family was on holidays, then we were sick, my baby is not sleeping through the night, Mom is tired, Mom has low motivation, laundry pile continues to grow, and then I wake up and think….. where did my groove go? How do I get it back? How can I take control and feel good about my house again? Unlike the movie, I do not think a trip to a tropical area and a cute pool boy is the answer here ; )  I am more of the mind set of slow and steady, baby steps, one step at a time. So I’ll start by making a dent in the laundry, finding the floor in the girls room, and making soup for supper tomorrow. Then maybe I’ll feel better about myself again, that yes I can do this as I did before. I can be the Mom and wife I want to be, I just lost my groove, and now I need to find it again.

You know, I wonder, do you think there is a chance my groove is hiding under my pile of laundry????? I’m gonna find out!!!!