Clean Up, Pick Up

Crashed on the couch. If you’re looking for me, I’m here… buried under a couple pillows and soaking in the quiet for just a couple moments.

Today has been one of those days that leaves me feeling so proud to be a mom and so proud of my kiddos. Maybe not leaving the house before nap time isn’t so bad. In the last 24hrs, my house has been completely vacuumed, toys all thrown in baskets, floors mopped, cabinets wiped down, bathrooms sanitized, windows cleaned, furniture dusted and we have even hung a few pictures (without Daddy)! I rarely ever do this much, becuase if you have little ones, you know that cleaning one thing, means making a mess of another. If I vacuum, I can count on the play-room being destroyed. If I clean windows, I can count on paper towel being laid into a new running track through the living room. But, not today. It was amazing- almost a miracle! πŸ™‚

Norah and Jonah were big helpers, mimicking everything I did. When they got bored, they went to play with toys or to make up a new running game (sans my paper towels). For the first time in weeks, they played without me having to intervene. We’re still working on sharing and communicating. πŸ˜‰

Today is a day that I feel strong, capable of “doing-it-all”. These days don’t come often. Most days, I feel exhausted and look at my house in despair. I am not the person that faithfully chooses laundry over a shower or dusting over a bit of lazy alone time. Having kiddos is hard work, keeping up a home is hard work.

Hard work that I love.

Slouched into the couch, I am mentally preparing myself to move on and tackle my bathroom before nap time is up, I want to soak in the feeling of accomplishment and remember that I should feel this way more often. I think its a choice. I should choose more often to feel accomplished- on the days I do it all AND on the days I don’t. Checking things off the to-do list shouldn’t make me feel like a better mom; nonetheless… today it does. Tomorrow will be different though. Tomorrow, I will choose to feel accomplished- even if it is just for hugging my kids and cherishing a smile!

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