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It’s amazing how the everyday tasks of house and home can help to provide words of wisdom for me to share with young parents!
One day several years ago I was feeling particularly self-satisfied with my accomplishments around the house. I had cleaned it from top to bottom and it felt great.
Just a couple of months before that, I remember looking around my house in disgust and asking my teenagers, “Do you remember when I used to keep the house so clean we could have eaten off the floors if we wanted to?”
The three looked at me, a bit puzzled and replied, “We don’t remember how clean the house was, but we remember how crazy, scary you got while doing it!”
I was horrified by their response, but they were right! I did get crazy, scary when I would clean. And not because I dislike housework. In fact, I like cleaning! I think it was more because I would get frustrated that the house wasn’t always clean because you just never know when one of those home decor magazines is going to show up at your door and want to take pictures! Just kidding. Sort of.
But my kids’ honesty humbled me and as I pondered their words, I realized my error.
A long time ago, I had fallen into a trap. A trap that said I had to be Suzie Homemaker, Betty Crocker, Joan of Arc, and Mother Teresa all in one.
It was a train of thought that said that in order for me to truly be a good wife and mom, I had to perform a certain way. It was exhausting. And unfortunately, I remained in that trap for several years.
You see, my children didn’t care how clean or dirty my house was. They cared more about how it affected me. They noticed more whether I spent time with them or on housework. They shared with me how they felt as if I cared more about how clean the house was than I did about them! The very thought of it brings tears to my eyes!
Through life and circumstances, I was freed from that way of thinking and began to relax a little bit more. I learned to choose my battles more wisely and how to make the best use of my time. And I gave up the idea that anyone was going to show up for a photo shoot of my house.
But by this time, my children were teenagers and didn’t necessarily want to always spend time with me, but when they did, I absolutely jumped at the chance!
The years go by too quickly and I now see that I wasted some of the best years on things that don’t matter as much as I used to think they did.
Parenting isn’t easy and thankfully, the children don’t hold it against me. Most of the time they laugh about it and make jokes about how “crazy” I was. Thank goodness that I’m better now – mostly. Ha!
As for Mr. SBF, he has never said anything about the cleanliness (or dirtiness of the house) – ever.
He’s always thought of me as Suzie Homemaker, Betty Crocker, Joan of Arc and Mother Teresa all rolled into one. And I suspect that it shall remain so for the rest of our days.
So, when all is said and done, what matters the most in life is spending quantity, as well as quality, time with your loved ones. Don’t pass up those opportunities for making great memories. The days go by quickly and before you know it, your children will be having children!
Don’t get side-tracked by the mundane things in life. Instead, cultivate a life of purposeful interactions and by the time your grandchildren are born, you’ll be a pro at having fun and making great memories!
Right now, we’re awaiting the birth of our grandson. His due date is the 18th and we’re on pins and needles, just wishing and waiting for the call from his daddy, announcing his arrival. What day will it be?
Check back soon or follow us on our social media pages to find out! Until then have fun making great memories with your babies!
When my mom passed away, one thing I made sure to keep was her set of Woman’s Day Cookbooks from the early 1970’s. They were a collection earned from a grocery store with Bluechip Stamps. Anyone remember those or am I the only old person here? Anyway, there are twenty-six books in all which means it took her twenty-six weeks to collect them! They are in very rough condition and when I use them, I do so carefully!
The other day we were craving chocolate cake so I pulled out one of those cookbooks and found the most delicious Devil’s Food Cake recipe which I’m sharing with you today! Trust me, if you like chocolate cake, you won’t be disappointed! In fact, I think this is going to be my new go-to chocolate cake recipe! YUM!
So, I’ve just recently gotten back into the “Blogging World”, after having been absent from it for a couple of years and imagine my surprise at finding out that I have been NOMINATED FOR A BLOGGER AWARD!!! What??? I am blown away! First, because I have only been back at it for a couple of months, and second, because I didn’t even know that The Sunshine Blogger Award existed! I am both honored and humbled to have been nominated!
Thank you, Angela, at ohhappydavis.com for the nomination! It was so thoughtful of you and I am truly grateful! If you haven’t already, check out Angela’s website for fun stories and “daily” updates!
The Sunshine Blogger Award rules are as follows:
- Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
- Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
Here is the list of questions that I am to answer:
- What’s your favorite holiday and why? – Christmas, because my mom always made it so special and always put so much love into everything she did to make it fun!
- What’s your “go to” vacation destination? – To the ocean (any ocean!)
- What hobby would you do if time and money were not an issue? – I honestly don’t know. I have several things that I like the idea of doing, I just don’t know if I would actually like to do them!
- What’s your favorite color? – I don’t have one! Each one has their place!
- What are the most annoying habits that other people have that bother you? – Complaining.
- What makes you the happiest? – Spending time with loved ones, especially with my Sweetheart.
- Are you a morning person or NOT a morning person? – I AM a morning person.
- When people come to you for help, what do they normally come to you with? – Wanting advise or just the need to “vent”.
- If you were frozen for 100 years, what’s the first question you would ask when you woke up? – Why am I so cold?
- What age do you wish you could permanently be? – I don’t know yet. I haven’t been every age yet.
- What is something you like to do the “old-fashioned” way? – Cooking/baking -FROM SCRATCH!
Here are my eleven nominees:
- Courtney @ dontdesertthedessert
- Yasmin @ startnewbeginnings
- Rebecca @ theglampinghousewife
- Alyssa @ ifihadasay
- Kendra @ farmhouseofthree
- Kristen @ riseandbrine
- Heather @ justmeandeddy
- Nicole @ blessedwithoutboundaries
- Insomnomom @ thehousethatneverslumbers
- Chelsea @ justseaforyourself
And here are my questions for the nominees:
- When did you start your blog?
- What’s/Where’s your favorite vacation destination?
- What’s your favorite dessert?
- Do you have any pets and if so, what are they?
- What’s your decor style?
- Do you like coffee and if so, what’s your favorite brand/flavor?
- Do you like to cook?
- What do you do to relax?
- Do you like to go camping?
- Where do you live?
- Do you prefer indoor or outside activities?
Thank you, again, to Angela! This has been a great experience and a lovely way to get to know others in the blogging community!
I’m excited to read everyone’s posts. Please leave a link to your post in the comments so we can continue to get better acquainted with one another!
For as long as I can remember, Mr. SBF and I have had a desire to visit Yellowstone National Park. Early last year we toyed with the idea of going but then we were presented with an opportunity to visit Key West, Florida so we decided to postpone the trip to Yellowstone until this year and made plans to road trip to Florida instead.
For various reasons, the dates for our Florida trip were pushed back and then Mother Nature had her way and sent hurricanes to the areas we had planned to visit along the way.
Feeling a little bit disappointed, we changed our plans once again. We had been talking about visiting Pocatello and Idaho Falls, ID as prospective places for future residence, so we headed to Idaho instead.
We spent a day a couple of days exploring the areas and were quite taken with the charm of Idaho Falls. One morning over breakfast I decided to look at a map of Idaho and Wyoming. We knew we were in eastern Idaho near the Wyoming border, but what we didn’t realize was how close we were to Yellowstone. So, after we finished eating, we jumped in the car and headed north to West Yellowstone, MT and a couple of hours later, arrived at the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
The entrance fee was $20 and it was already mid-afternoon but we figured that we might as well go for it and see what we could see while there was still daylight. Luckily, it was early October so the days were still fairly long. And being early October, the leaves on the trees had begun to change colors and the temperatures were perfect; balmy but not too cold.
Just a few miles in, we encountered bison and elk, grazing right alongside the road. We snapped a few pictures but wanting to take in all we possibly could, we continued on our way. We made it to the Paint Pots, took the walking tour around them, and continued on to see the geysers, Ol’ Faithful to be exact. Apparently, we had missed its eruption by mere minutes but the next eruption was predicted to happen about an hour and a half later. So we, and several other tourists waited. There’s a nice visitor’s center at the site, along with a snack bar and souvenir store. We met some nice people and chatted while we waited. It was like waiting for the fireworks show to begin on the fourth of July! And Ol’ Faithful did not disappoint. By the time the show was over, it was nearly dark. With mixed emotions, we decided that we had better head back into town (W. Yellowstone, MT).
On our way back, I pulled out the receipt for our entry fee only to discover that it was a five-day pass! I don’t know why I didn’t realize that it would be good for several days. Most of the National Parks give multiday passes, I just wasn’t thinking. Duh. We were pretty excited, found a room for the night and went to dinner.
The next morning we headed back into the park, armed with a map and a well-routed plan. We were able to see about seventy-five percent of the park. I really can’t even begin to describe the beauty of the place! The colors, microorganisms, hot springs, mud pots, the Terraces, and Dragon’s Cauldron, all breath-taking! The landscape is so diverse and full of surprises at every turn. And Yellowstone Lake is much larger than I ever imagined it would be. To be honest, until I studied the map, we hadn’t even realized there was a “Yellowstone Lake”. We expected to see lakes, yes, but not The Lake! Haha! And there is apparently, all kinds of water sports and activities that go on up there during the summer (ie. boating, water skiing, etc.). Who knew? Well, lots of people, I suppose!
We spent the whole day exploring and then exited the Park via the south entrance which drops you into the Grand Teton National Park (bonus!) and oh em gee, those are some breath-taking mountains as well! They are dark and jagged and full of mystery! Our plan is to go back and spend some time camping and exploring in the Grand Teton National Forest. It really is just as beautiful as Yellowstone, only in different ways.
To top it all off, we arrived in Jackson, WY just in time for dinner. I was a little disappointed at the fact that we arrived in Jackson so late in the day. I would have loved to explore, shop, and bask in its quaintness for a while longer, but alas, we had to get back to Idaho Falls that night.
All in all, it was a good trip and we highly recommend a visit to Yellowstone.
No matter where you make your home, a trip to Yellowstone is well-worth the journey!
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