Most days as a stay-at-home leave me feeling a lot like this picture–pale, harried, and exhausted You’re trying your very best to make life run smoothly–even be fun–for your children, while they both seem to be doing their darndest to make things complicated.
However, there are also days like today when I look around me and say, “Wow, this is precisely how I pictured my life would be.” Summertime, at the swimming pool with two tow-headed little girls in matching swimsuits that make them look so cute I can’t stop grinning when I look at them. The baby is trying her best to do what I’ve taught her and kick her fat little legs behind her in the pool. My “big girl” wants to be like Mommy and has spread her towel ever so perfectly on the chair beside mine where she is doing her best to sun-bathe seriously. I am able to spend a good fifty percent of my time actually SITTING in my chair because both girls are playing so happily and obeying so perfectly. Thank you Jesus! THIS is what I signed up for!
Now don’t think that it was perfect…Mary Aplin had a big fat poo in her swimsuit at the end of our time (is anybody else noticing a trend here??), and the only way to get off the swim diapers (that our pool forces babies to wear) is to pull the tight, wet, poo infested article down their legs. And, we were having so much fun that I let the time get away from us and both little parties were in stages of starvation melt-down as I drug them through the parking lot. HOWEVER, I will take little issues like these any day if I could have those three perfect preceding hours.
Now they are both sleeping soundly after wearing themselves out in the good ‘ol fashion sunshine. I love summertime, and I love being a stay-at-home Mom…