What do you do when you have a 6:30pm soccer game (an hour away at rush hour!), and your husband is working late? Why, you take the kids of course!! And half the toys in your house, a bag full of snacks and iPads. And you stop at McDonald’s on the way for Happy Meals. And you promise them that if they are good while Mommy was on the field, you’d buy them an ice cream treat on the way home. You do what you gotta do!
You make them run around before and after the game, as well as at halftime to ensure tiredness. It also helps if your friends bring their kids too!! Especially when you are on a nice turf field with no goals, and a half an hour after game time you have to pack up your camp and drive to an unlined field in town that has goals and set back up again.
You get to play your game, get a win, and you have well-behaved children while you are doing so. So at 9pm, you drive back to the same McDonald’s and order milkshakes and flurry blends. You don’t care that some ice cream and M&Ms got spilled and dried into your van seat. You don’t care that there’s Happy Meal garbage everywhere. You don’t care that the kids stay awake all the way home because they are just being so dang good in the car! You even say yes when they ask you if they can take their iPads to bed at 10pm because you are just thrilled (and surprised!) that they were so well-behaved for you the entire long evening. Because you got to play soccer. Because you didn’t have to worry about them.
Because life has gotten a lot easier in the last couple of years. Because it’s never going to be easy, but it certainly gets more enjoyable.
Of course, there’s still the “Mommy go faster!” and “You’re done already?” But at least I got something of a workout in on the treadmill! Plus they were so excited and actually thanked me for bringing them down in the basement while I worked out.
Well, trying. After a holiday week – and then some – of binging (belated holiday wishes!) I am back on the ketogenic way of eating. Trying to get back in a rhythm that I was in before the holidays tanked me. I’m slowly returning to keto food prep and attempting one new recipe a week that’s keto-friendly.
I’ve also read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, and we have redone our bedroom and master closet and now I’m ready and raring to go on that!! Tomorrow begins The Great Purge of 2018, which is the year I’ve decided to KonMari the sh*! out of my house!!
I’m also working with Easton more on his phonics and reading, which is an area he is having a bit of trouble with, and the mom guilt is shaming me for it. So I’m pledging each day to read with him and work on his letter sounds and sight words. So far he is loving the readers I printed out and all of the Level 1 books I’ve purchased that he can read and learn to read.
Also in this year is my journey to return to playing soccer. I’ve been out for a couple years due to a concussion and post-concussive symptoms, but a piece of me has been missing ever since, and I’d like to attempt to get back out on the field, if only for pickup games. Along with that is my goal of just getting back in shape, since I’ve gotten far off track in that area. (It’s sad when I have to sit after 2 flights of stairs!)
Plus I have some amazing trips and events planned this year that I’m really looking forward to, and basically I want to share all of it with you guys. It’s really selfish though because writing it down and getting it out is totally therapeutic for me, but hopefully you guys enjoy the ride too. Please comment, comment, comment with helpful suggestions and share your own 2018 journeys!!!!