Last year, I was able to give a short talk at a Blessed is She gathering of women from Southeast Michigan. It was one of my favorite presentations, as gathering with women has become one of my very favorite things. The talk reflected on a quote from C.S. Lewis.
"Friendship... is born at the moment that one man says to another, 'what? you too, I thought no one but myself'"
During the talk, I reflected a bit on the reality of vulnerability. And how hard it is to be honest with each other. It's especially difficult in the social media world isn't it? But man, when we are, beautiful things can happen.
And so, in that spirit, I give you
10 Confessions of a Stay At Home Mom.
I legit don't mop my floors. Like, ever.
MAYBE twice a year.
I sweep a couple times a day, but mop? never.
I have a very hard time remembering to have the kids brush their teeth. Isn't that weird? It's such a small moment in the day, but I always forget about it and it seems like such a pain. Since Aaron started school, we brush the kids teeth every weekday- but, for some reason, this particular task just doesn't seem to make it into our day to day. Gross right?
For the record, I brush my teeth twice a day. It's just my kid's teeth I don't care about.
When people ask, we tell them our kids go to bed at 7:00 pm. This is the truth. Kind of.
But the FULL truth is the boys go into their room with the ipad and watch one or two 1/2 hour netflix shows. So their bedtime is more like 8-8:30 pm with 1 hour of 'ipad time'.
Sometimes I think we should break that habit.
Then I think about having the kids awake for another hour of the day and whew. I can't.
We don't eat with our kids yet.
Sometimes I am insecure about this. And I know, probably next year with kindergarten, we will make the switch.
Right now they eat at 5:30 pm and Aaron and I eat after they go to bed (but not real bed, because they are watching the ipad).
Ready? So Big A and I are squabblers. If you read this blog you know that.
Three weeks ago we got in a squabble.
And I said, in my typical over-the-top fashion...
"why don't you pack your bag and leave?"
I meant for the night.
(but I really didn't mean it)
Then Aaron, in his A-typical over-the-top fashion...
PACKED EVERY SINGLE ARTICLE OF HIS CLOTHING AND PUT IT IN THE VAN.
Of course, we made up 1 hour later... but we had to unpack ALL OF HIS CLOTHES THAT HE THREW IN SUITCASES.
oh man. Honesty is hard.
I don't change my kid's sheets but once, maybe twice a month.
I only drink filtered britta water- especially since the Flint Water Crisis.
I know it probably doesn't matter, but it's all I drink.
Ready for the confession part?
I still have my kids drink tap water :)
I know a lot of moms will feel me on the, "what? you too" part of this.
I only bath my kids twice a week.
Although I don't text in the car driving anymore, I do sometimes still put on music from my iphone.
It's a habit I'm trying to break, because, to be honest, it's maybe even more dangerous than texting.
Actually, probably is.
A lot of times we leave Mass RIGHT after the final blessing and probably 20% of the time, right after communion.
Mass is so hard with these kids.
It's getting better.
Honesty. it's where it's at.
Now, I'm gonna go mop my floor.