February 23, 2010

In Real Life

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Some mornings I let my boys eat Jell-O [and watch TV before school.]


The paperboy (paperperson?) got our newspaper stuck in the snowy bushes and so I made Noah go get it. Even though I'll never read it. And it will go straight to the recycle bin.

I love my baby girl but the fact that she was still sleeping was my favorite thing so far this morning.

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And when I heard her wake, found at the top of the stairs, my heart sank a little. M
y time is over and here starts another [pretty good] day.


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49 comments:

  1. Life is short & jello is OK by me. I understand that time for self, it's hard to squeeze it into or out of the day sometimes. I can't wait for it and then when the kids are sleeping I peak in at them & miss them.

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  2. i've been known to provide the kids with rice krispie squares for breakfast ... and i validate that by figuring that rice krispies are cereal anyways.

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  3. Sadly I can relate to this post. Thanks for making me feel normal.

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  4. That coveted alone time is so important to recharge and refuel so that you are your best when you are with your children. It took a while for me to learn, but now I make sure to create even just 15 minutes to just sit and think my own thoughts. It makes all the difference (especially during my 12+ hour days).

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  5. Isn't it funny how being WITH them can be the best part of the day and then being WITHOUT them can also be... the best part of the day? I look forward to bedtime some days and then find myself thinking about the snuggles I'm missing during my "adult" time.

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  6. sometimes the TV and Jello are just what is needed in the morning. I find that with my girls if I give them a bit of freedom it makes it that much easier for me to get them out the door on time and happy.

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  7. I noticed the rice milk b/c that's what we typically drink here. Funny the things we (I) notice!

    Her bedhead - so cute. We're pretty much in the same stage of the morning at our house except, sadly, we didn't have any jello.

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  8. our week has been the same... tv on a lot and thankful for a late start for the toddler!

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  9. I think this is a BEAUTIFUL peek at real life! True and beautiful.

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  10. It's amazing how every morning I pray she sleeps longer, trudge down the hall to get her when she wakes up wishing I had just 10 more minutes to myself, yet when I see her I can't imagine being any more happy.

    Strange thing this mom business...

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  11. Thanks for always being REAL.

    I used to beat myself up a little when my heart sank at my time alone being over (early in the morning or after naptime)... but not any longer. I need the breaks just like anyone who works outside of the home gets breaks from their job. It's NORMAL.

    I saw on another blog a quote by Beth Moore that also completely nails it: "If you are doing it day in and day out but not FEELING it, you need a BREAK from it."

    For me, those breaks come in the form of early bedtimes and naps. I'll take em!

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  12. Mm, I'm feeling that today. I love her so dearly, yet I hope this morning naps lasts long enough for me to get some substantial work done!

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  13. I just wrote a real post today, too. We must all feel like getting some things off our chests!

    When Tommy was waking up a million times a night, my heart would sink so much at that first cry that I'd feel almost like crying myself. He'd wake up after Luke was down, but before we were in bed, and I just felt--selfishly--like he was stealing my time.

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  14. I love letting go of the "perfect parent" thing.

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  15. I bet that Jello made his morning! Love the bedhead picture...she still looks adorable!

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  16. I can totally relate to this post. Not the jello because secretly jello freaks me out, but I just insert fig cookies for jello and I am totally with you.

    Thanks as always for your honestly.

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  17. lol! I relish my cup of coffee before RottenTot wakes up. It's the only thing I'll get to finish by myself all day!

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  18. THERE'S ALWAYS ROOM FOR JELLO!

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  19. I love the giant carton of Rice Dream that apparently watches over your family (AS IT DOES MINE).


    :P





    Your real life is yay.

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  20. Oh I hear ya sister. I could have written that...well except for the fact that Seth doesn't go to school until after lunch and Libby doesn't know what the meaning of sleep is. Ivy needs to come work some sleep magic on Libby.
    I think that as long as it is food in their bellies it is okay ;)

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  21. We used to have Jello cups for breakfast sometimes too! How funny! :-)

    Sweet pictures.

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  22. Carter's face cracks me up. Ivy takes her bed head after me, I think...

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  23. Jello! Ha, that's nothing. My boys had left over birthday cupcakes for breakfast this morning.

    The last part kind of reminded me of Groundhogs Day! We get up and do it all over again, again, again...!

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  24. Oh my gosh, she looks so precious just waking up. So cute.

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  25. Oh wow - sounds like how I am feeling this morning. Sounds like you went straight into my brain and picked out all of the things I did not want to admit even to myself. Thanks - its always good to know I am not alone. :)

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  26. I know what you mean - I feel that way when naptime ends. Even if I'm laying down w/ the kids, it's quiet when they're sleeping.

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  27. Well, at least they're getting breakfast! Let's hope the boys remember that when they get to school! :)

    Cute pics, and I love the honest post Steph!

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  28. Yep, sometimes supper is a pb&j and frozen chicken nuggets.

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  29. I know that slightly sinking feeling. I know it well. Surely we all do.

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  30. i love how real you are! and it is so good to know that us moms are so not alone in what we think and what we do. it is so much better to be honest about who we are and how we mother - we learn from each other so much better this way! and i know it is making God smile down on us for being real just like he sent His Son to be! thanks for sharing today!

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  32. whatever it takes to get the morning started.

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  33. Oh- I can't wait when its time for my little man to go to night night but then once he is asleep i find myself missing him and talking about him to his daddy while laying in bed. I just found your blog and I love it! Can't wait to come back for more each week. Would love for you to check out my site if you get a chance. I am obessed with cooking is an understatement and I am new at this but hope to spread my love for cooking to others. I am doing a giveaway this week of Lisa Lenoard jewerly- hope you can enter! http://kitchenbelleicious.blogspot.com

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  34. It is always a little bit sad when the time we have to ourselves ends. I think it's reasonable to feel that way - we're so busy doing stuff for other people, some brief peace is a treasure.

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  35. Love your honesty and your peek at real life. It's so good to know we aren't alone. {BTW, we had finger jello for breakfast here}

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  36. laughing at jello before school. gotta love jello any time of day. : )

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  37. "Real" pictures are the very best.

    Have I mentioned lately that your blog is one of my all-time favorites?

    It IS.

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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  38. Look at sweet, sleepy little Ivy!

    And hey, at least your kids got SOMETHING for breakfast! ;)

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  39. Zoe's breakfast tomorrow=powdered donuts and Ovaltine.

    Troy's favorite snack=Jello

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  41. Oh man. I understand that sinking heart on occasion...

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  42. Honestly, I read this post and it screams JOY and LIFE to me. Yes to jell-o! and yes to babies sleeping, giving you a few extra moments of quiet zen before the day begins!

    Your real life? Is GOOD life.

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  43. I think that all works for me and I'm so glad you and I share the same thoughts some mornings!

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  44. i validate that by figuring that rice krispies are cereal anyways.

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