Dear Friends and Family,
Next time I think it’s a good idea to take my 3 littles to Walmart (yes… walmart!) right before lunch, please gently remind me that it’s indeed NOT the best idea. Even if I think we need to get out of the house, remind me it’s easier to stay home. For it takes an hour to get everyone dressed with shoes and socks and then buckled in the van.
Even if I think my baby will sleep at the store because she is so tired, remind me that she won’t. She’ll cry and need to be held… which makes pushing a cart with tots in it, quite hard.
Remind me that Truman doesn’t like to sit in the cart and when he wants to walk, he will thrash and scream (luckily this was out in the parking lot and he soon calmed down). Remind me how the wind blows in Lehi… and how it’s cold.
Remind me that even though Max is really good, 3-year-olds are really good at doddling. They love to look at EVERYthing.
Please remind me not to wear a coat… because it’s too slippery when holding a wee babe… and it’s boiling hot when fussing with kids and cart.
I’d like to let you know that we survived. I did feel ridiculous for looking like a tired mom who decided to go to the store with 3 kids under 3. The nice checker even helped me get everything loaded. Bless her.
So – next time… remind me that going to the store alone… after the tots are in bed is easier…. much easier.
So – what happened on the 5-minute drive home? Tru zonked out… and Eliza cried to sleep… within 5 minutes. I got the tots down for naps, unloaded the groceries, took off my shoes, got a drink of grape juice and fresca, gave Max the i-touch to occupy him, so I could recuperate from the chaos. I gave a big sigh of relief… sigh…
During my big sigh… I came across this. There is no way to be a perfect mom here on earth…
even as much as I try… but I do good things.
“Good Mum” by Birdie Blue
Here’s the challenge for me (and any one else who might read this):
“Make a list as you go through the day, of things YOU are really good at. Write down things that if viewed through the eyes of a child would be outstanding and impressive accomplishments. I bet by the end of the day you’ll be feeling really good about yourself.” Stacy Julian
Here’s a few things I’m good at… to get myself started:
~ Cutting Apples (hannah is always amazed at my cutting skills. ha-ha. I tell her I’ve practiced for many years)
~ Making hot chocolate, peanut butter sandwiches, quesadillas, chocolate chip cookies(now that i found a recipe that works for me)
~ Typing Fast (the kids think i do anyways)
~ Dancing & singing like a spaz in the kitchen to entertain the tots. Mostly Tru tells me to stop though.
~ Finding & Enjoying great quotes to keep me felling inspired.
~ Reading… though I do better at reading quickly than complete comprehension. I get too bored reading slow.
~ Playing the piano… at least I used to be… oh, no… what if I lost that talent?
~ Being Comfortable & Casual. I’m just not fancy or trendy. Period. I could never wear high heels with jeans. It’s so not me.
~ Loving. I have a tender heart that cares about others.
~ Rocking & snuggling babies.
~ Showering. It’s true!
~ Driving a car… I’m not sayin’ I’m the best, but my kids are amazed at my skills. Hee-Hee.
~ Enjoying nature.
Well… even if I don’t always make the wisest decisions as a mother(like going to walmart at lunchtime), I sure hope I get some points for trying… because I sure Try, Try, Try. And I’m going to think about things I do well so I won’t get too discouraged about what I can’t get done.