So it has yet again, been awhile. I set the goal to work more on my blog and within the first few days, your goal disintegrates. POOF! Just like that! Just like trying to lose those “last 10lbs.” Hmm….funny how that happens huh?
I’m sure every single one of you has had that happen. Not the need of trying to lose those last 10 lbs, but starting something with the best of intentions and then life happens, you get sidetracked, you forget, you lose focus. Whatever it maybe. It just doesn’t become high on the priority list, especially when you have kids.
I mean with a ten-year old and a four-year old, who has time to think most of the time, let alone put it into words. By the time I get them in bed and it’s quiet, I want to crash in bed. Just ask my husband! “Alone time” with my husband? After the kids have gone to bed? You mean I have to be sexy?! What the what??! HA! Just give me my blankie and pillow! Yes I am aware my husband may or may not read this and will probably be shaking his head, but I’m just being real here and I know I’m not the only one out there. It’s not that we don’t want that time with them, but we do sooo much for our families, that when it’s time to crash, we just crash!
Am I right or am I RIGHT?!?!
Who knew as a mother AND a wife so much of our time would be dictated by others? Nothing was ever mentioned about this in a book, in that Young World class that Mrs. Lesser (and we, as a class, had so much fun with her!), or for Heaven’s sake by our OWN mothers? MA?!?! Come on! You were holding out on me! Oh wait I know why! Because we want revenge on our own kids! AH HA! I figured it out!
Heck I tell my own daughter, if she doesn’t have kids when she gets older, I will adopt some for her! You know, just like you do animals! Go down to the pound and pick out the right one! That’s how it works right?!? I mean it’s all about attempting to raise your kids right, not screw them up, teach them to be strong, independent individuals that are kind souls, do right in the world and help others as they can right?! What’s a little payback to them for all that they “put us” through?! Hardy Har Har! Okay, seriously though I’m JUST KIDDING! I know that’s not how one goes about it, and I know that kids aren’t for everyone, but I have to laugh and say what I know some of you are thinking.
Okay, so back where I started. Got sidetracked again. SQUIRREL! HA!
So as busy mothers, we try to take on more tasks, or get this brilliant idea that we are going to do something new in our lives for US, but how do we fit that in? How do we find the time to take care of those tiny little humans that we created, care and show affection to the love of our lives and then of course still take care of those furbabies that have been added to the family over the years that those little humans promised to feed and water so that “you don’t have to,” PLUS take care of the house and (GASP!), try to work outside of the home?! Oh Lordy! I mean come on those tiny little humans and the spouse want to eat every. Single. Night! COME ON! That’s a lot of commitment dude!
So where in all of that do we find time for ourselves and still manage to survive the day without taking someone’s head off?! I mean it’s no wonder that one in FOUR middle-aged women take a prescription med for mental health! (You can check out the article here.) Oh yeah….we get up at the butt crack of dawn or we stay up til the butt crack of dawn. Take your pick. One or the other! Or both, I mean who needs sleep anyway right? Sleep is overrated anyway right?!?
This is where I take advantage of early mornings. I get up, exercise and then head out to my oasis and get to work.
I mean what mother doesn’t have SIPPY CUPS in their oasis?! Or is littered with toys?! It’s amazing at how much stuff I can get accomplished though at 6 am! The world is yet to awaken (or at least at my house, husband, kids, OR animals for that matter), I mean I get out to my usual running location on my run days and the parking lot is filled right now with those bikers and fellow runners who are out trying beat the heat and humidity here in good ol’ Oklahoma.
I am the first one to tell you I am NOT a morning person. I am not a night owl either. I like my uninterrupted sleep of 8 hours just like everyone else, but let’s face it, once you become a mother, that doesn’t happen regularly! Some nights its 4-5 hours of sleep, occasionally it’s 9 hours of sleep, but on average it’s more like 6-7 hours of sleep and then I’m doing good. I don’t know what your average is, but that’s mine at least. I would rather sacrifice a little bit of sleep and feel good about myself, all while feeling accomplished in my day.
Despite all the time though that I put into my family and making sure they are all happy and healthy, I seriously love them to pieces and wouldn’t trade them for the world. They keep me sane (and drive me insane some days!) and grounded and love me regardless.
What do you Super Moms do to make it through your day?
I want to know!