You’ve probably seen this sign somewhere. It’s kicking around the internet in a bunch of places :I actually find this to be totally false. I thought, for the sake of encouragement, I would share my day yesterday. This way other moms can see what you CAN accomplish in a day! (Please not the presence of heavy sarcasm there!)
I was having people over so I knew I was going to have to be really on the ball. Dinner and dessert were made before Trinity and I even started school for the day. School then got done, the kids headed outside to play with a neighbor and I not only cleaned the guest bathroom and finished up the dishes from cooking, I managed to vacuum…including UNDER the couches AND couch cushions! While Lilly napped, Trin and I got some more school work done. Then I actually had time to shower before running out the door to take Trin to her horseback riding lessons. I got home with ten minutes to spare before company arrived and I had time to throw dinner back on the stove top to get it ready to serve. This is what then went through my mind:
- School- check!
- Dinner made and ready to serve on time – check!
- You can walk across the family room floor without tripping over toys – check!
- Guest bathroom clean – check!
- You can SEE my kitchen counters – check! (and a woo hoo!)
- Kids were fed, educated, napped, and activities taken care of today – check!
- I may not have had time for my workout but I’d say it was a pretty good day. I’m even ready for company to arrive….
Let me tell you…I was feeling pretty. darn. good. “Busy day? NAILED IT!” I was saying to myself in a sing-song voice. Is it uncool to admit that I MAY have wanted to give myself a high five? Then I had five minutes to spare before company arrived. I thought I would take one last glance around to see the fruits of my labor after such a productive day. This is what I saw:
Don’t ask….Just don’t.
Then I noticed our recycling (which is on display for the world to see because our house was designed by a monkey and there is no room for it anywhere else) looked like this: Awesome. Nothing says “Relaxing dinner with friends” like looking at garbage.
As I looked around I realized that even on the days when I feel like I have it all together. I DON’T have it altogether. And with that…company arrived. I kind of wanted to answer the door by saying “Will you please look under my couches and notice they are both toy AND dust-bunny free?”
Around our house we don’t “pick any two,” we “Pick one…maybe.” Anyone else?