I had the most productive day ever recently. (Well, it wasn’t really that recent. It was back in late November. Sometimes it takes me a looooong time to get my blog posts out of my brain and onto the screen. Still…) It was amazing. I felt like super woman, but then… Well, we’ll get to that, but first rejoice with me.
The day started with me stuffing letters with a friend. The mailing was for friends of ours that are doing international missions. Letters for missionaries! Just wait. It gets better.
I took the kids on a walk up town to see the big Christmas tree that was just put up. (Remember. This was November.) On the way home we stopped at the town hall to pick up some bags for our leaves. The kids asked to ride in the elevator and took turns pushing the buttons. I was trying to be a fun mom and it was working!
We took advantage of the nice weather and raked leaves before naptime. The kids were adorable. Why does Grace look so old in this picture?!
Oh these sweet, silly kids. Love them.
While the kids played, I cleared off the deck and put all the outside toys in the basement. I also “winterized” the sandbox by removing the toys and making sure the tarp was extra secure.
I filled 6 bags with leaves all on my own! It was the last beautiful, warm day before snow was going to hit later that week. I ended up sore from all the raking and bending, which is kind of pathetic.
I also did a load of laundry, which included washing Noah’s frog. He uses this like a pillow when he sleeps. It was a miracle that I was able to wash it without him fussing for it at naptime!
At supper time I rushed over to a friend’s house and delivered a meal in honor of her new baby. I like to save takeout containers for this purpose so people don’t have to worry about returning my dishes. Looking back, I am still amazed I was able to make a baby meal along with all the other things I had going on that day.
Just before I left to drop off the meal, I sent Nate this text message. My day had been amazing, but the house… Oh my word the house…
Every surface in the kitchen was covered.
The living room didn’t look much better.
Who wants to play “How Many Leaves Do You See?”
Let’s take a moment to recap my awesome productivity.
- stuff a mailing for missionaries
- went on a walk with Grace & Noah
- had an elevator adventure
- washed a load of special laundry items (frog, bath mat, winter coat, etc)
- raked 6 bags of leaves
- winterized the deck & sandbox
- made & delivered a baby meal
I felt like I had conquered the world! Yet my house was trashed.
The first moral of this story is:
Mama, you simply can’t be amazing at all things at all times. There are going to be times in your life when you do a fantastic job creating fun memories with your kids, but your laundry pile is catastrophic. Perhaps your house is the cleanest it has ever been, but you are so exhausted that you order take-out for supper.
My mother, a nurse, used to say, “I can’t be Florence Nightingale, Betty Crocker, and Martha Stewart all at the same time.” And to that I say, “Amen!”
The second moral of this story is:
Be careful when you compare yourself to others. It is easy to look at what someone is presenting to the world when they are out of the house or on social media, but do you know what is really happening behind the scenes? In 2011 I wrote about my theory that Always-Put-Together Moms are actually a lot like my kitchen. On the surface everything looks great, but we all have some dirt lingering around somewhere.
Be easy on yourselves today. When you look at the chaos around you, remember that you are not alone. Mamas all over the world are battling their own chaos right along with you. Recognize the accomplishments and let go of the guilt.
Despite the state of my house, I still felt like Super Woman at the end of day.
And I think that title was well earned. Don’t you?
Tell me about your productive mom days! Do they feel balanced or are you left with a bit of chaos?