Forget my last post, this is what I’m actually doing right now.

You know what, as soon as I wrote that ‘currently’ post last week, I realized that it’s only the non-mom version of my life. I had one of those days on Thursdays. Other moms know what I mean. It was one of THOSE DAYS. So let me try to explain what I’m actually currently doing on any given day.

What I'm Currently Doing: Mom Edition

If I drank a few martinis and used my left hand to paint, this is how my nails would look.

This post is now modified for my day on Thursday, it was a doozy.

// Working on: Getting nail polish out of a rug. And also a couch. And also hardwood floors. And also off the table and chairs… Clara decided to paint her own nails while I was putting Isabelle down for her nap. I couldn’t even get mad at her because she tried so hard to keep it on her nails, but alas, it didn’t quite work out. She was so proud of herself, though. (In case you’re wondering, rubbing alcohol + hairspray + an old toothbrush for scrubbing.)

// Eating: Whatever my kids don’t eat. I call this the “accidental mom diet”.

// Drinking: Lattes. The nail polish incident happened  before I even made my latte and that, my friends, makes for a very bad day.

// Reading: Internet articles on how to clean my  house of aforementioned nail polish and I’m also using Google to search for “what is a spirit” so I can explain it to my inquisitive toddler, who asked me, “can I eat my spirit?” the other day. I can’t believe she’s already asking questions I can’t easily answer.

// Wanting: Isabelle to stop getting into everything, specifically the garbage and recycling containers. And her dirty diaper bin. And Clara’s room while she’s napping. Oh, I would also like Clara to stop biting Isabelle, that would be wonderful.

// Listening to: Whining with a bit of crying on the side. And incessant chatter.

// Planning: Adventures to get out of the house. Clearly when I stay in the house all hell heck breaks loose. Honestly, I usually get out of the house every minute both girls are awake to avoid needing to reorganize/clean my house during every naptime. If we get out of the house, when we come home the house is still clean!

// Loving: The sunshine that allows us to get to the playground more often!

// Feeling: Completely overwhelmed. Being a mom is a lot of work! Plus, the housework and organizing of life schedules — it never ends!

// Watching: The girls take out every single toy and throw it all over the house. I’m amazed at the chaos they can cause in such a short period of time. That’s it, I’m going to donate everything. Everything.

// Looking forward to: A mom’s night out (that I attended on Thursday! It was so fun.) and a women’s church retreat that I’m going on next weekend. It will be the first time I’ve spent the night away from Clara since she was 15 months old, and my first night ever away from Isabelle.

OK, I think that’s a more honest post than I came up with previously. I mean, my other post was true but it wouldn’t be considered the whole truth, if you know what I mean.

In a nut shell: I spend my days cleaning, cooking, cleaning, loading kids into cars, encouraging, laughing, looking up random things on Google, refilling water bottles, saying ‘no’, planning and going on adventures, connecting, and changing diapers and outfits.

I’m hoping for a less ‘exciting’ week this week!

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Currently

It’s Wednesday which means that Clara is at preschool, I just put Isabelle down for a nap, and I have just enough time to clean the kitchen and crank out this blog post before she wakes up. Ready… go!

It’s been a month since my last currently post, so it’s time for an update!

Currently (April 2017)

Currently I’m…

// Working on: Sleep training. (Insert dramatic music here.) Seriously, this is a never ending process. We kind of go in waves over here, and we’re in the final stretch of night weaning. Wish us luck.

// Eating: Overnight oats (my favorite daily snack) and a box o’ truffles that I was gifted for my birthday. I’m managing to only eat one or two per day and am quite proud of myself.

// Drinking: Lattes. All of the lattes. Why won’t Isabelle just sleep through the dang night?! Sorry, I promise I’ll stop talking about sleep eventually.

// Reading: I am actually between books right now! (Does anyone have an awesome recommendation for one I should pick up next?) I just finished this one and really liked it.

// Wanting: A necklace kind of like this one with the first letters of my girls’ names. (Mothers Day is coming up, Tim!)

// Listening to: The Up and Vanished podcast. Thanks to a blog reader for recommending this one after I mentioned that I loved S-Town so much!

// Planning: Summer adventures! Now that the sun has shined a day or two in the PNW and the days are longer, I’m ready to start planning fun things to do with the little ones! Watch out world, here we come (whether my family cooperates or not)!

// Loving: SUNSHINE!  It’s seriously life and mood changing. C’mon spring, the PNW is so, so, so, BEYOND ready for you. I’m also loving spending more time outside with Clara. She doesn’t love winter weather, but she does pretty well in the spring/summer and I love mini-adventures with her.

// Feeling: Energized! Now that tax season is over I have an extra night in my week (because I’m no longer volunteering) and I’ve been working out semi-consistently and I’m not sick (praise God!) so I’m feeling great and ready to tackle all of the things. However, I’m also feeling a bit overwhelmed because I’ve over-committed just a bit and life is busy busy busy.

// Watching: Hockey playoffs. Although, this could be short lived if the Hawks don’t win A LOT of games in a row! I should also admit that I’m loving the new seasons of the Real Housewives (NY and Potomac)… Is there anything more relaxing than watching trashy TV during naptime? It’s a true luxury.

// Looking forward to: The busyness of spring to be over. As I said, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed because this time of year is always hectic, and while it’s a lot of fun, I’m ready for the summer and for my life to be a little less structured.

Is your spring as busy as mine is? What are you looking forward to?

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Easter weekend (2017 edition)

Back to reality, it is. This weekend was so much fun that I’m definitely on the struggle bus this morning. But it does help that I’ve dropped Clara off at preschool, so now I’m just praying that Isabelle stays asleep long enough for me to finish typing this blog post.

I have my latte in hand and the kitchen is already clean and my to-do list is written… so I consider today a win, already.

PNW Easter Weekend Recap 2017

But let’s back up and talk about the weekend, because it was a fun one.

This was the first Easter that we took Clara on an egg hunt. Last year I was too pregnant to deal with the whole thing, and we’ll just chalk that up to a parenting fail. But this year, we went to two egg hunts so I think we more than made up for it.

PNW Easter Weekend Recap 2017

The first egg hunt was at a private park overlooking the Puget Sound, and I think it’s safe to say that all other egg hunts will forever pale in comparison in the scenery department. Also, this was put on by a very wealthy community, so there were tons of eggs and gifts everywhere (not to mention coffee and doughnuts). The kids picked up bubbles and sidewalk chalk and candy and pouches (for the babies) and juice and all things wonderful for the three-and-under crowd. I loved that Clara could take her time picking up eggs without needing to worry about being speedy. (This girl does nothing in a hurry.)

PNW Easter Weekend Recap 2017

She told me she was going to find four eggs, which she did within 30 seconds and then considered herself done. I think she would have tried harder if she had realized the eggs had chocolate inside of them! I managed to coerce her into finding a few more eggs for Isabelle before everything was said and done, though.

PNW_Easter_weekend

We spent the rest of the morning playing at the playground and enjoying the sun and beautiful weather and conversations with friends. It was fantastic.

PNW Easter Weekend Recap 2017

On Saturday night I (finally) did our taxes, which is an improvement since usually I wait until the very last day! That’s all that needs to be said about that. Adulting win.

Then on Sunday we went to church and met up with our church group friends to see all of the adorable kiddo outfits (the adults didn’t look bad either) and we made our way over to brunch where I had the largest mimosa I’ve ever had. Served in a mason jar. As in the jar was filled to the brim with mimosa goodness.

PNW Easter Weekend Recap 2017

Then we had a(nother) egg hunt for the kids, but since 4/5 of the kids were under 1 year old, only Clara actually participated. Although, Isabelle loved crawling towards the eggs and then picking them up and banging them together, so I guess we can count it as a successful hunt for her, too!

PNW Easter Weekend Recap 2017

PNW Easter Weekend Recap 2017

Clara also played with a handheld bubble machine fan (which Isabelle thought was hilarious), but that ended with Clara attempting to give herself a haircut with it (why?!) and then of course her hair got so caught in the fan that we needed to give her a (minor) actual haircut. Sigh.

So it was basically the perfect Easter weekend with a great church service, a lot of sunshine, and time spent outdoors with loved ones. The kids were happy and we were happy and I just couldn’t ask for anything more!

Wait, scratch that, I would like to ask for a night of uninterrupted sleep. And I actually do keep asking the kids for this but they, apparently, have other plans.

PNW Easter Weekend Recap 2017

I hope you had a blessed Easter weekend!

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Three things I’m doing to be more productive this week

Last week was a lost cause because of the previously-written-about stomach bug that attacked me and Isabelle… so this week I was bound and determined to get sh*t stuff done.

Since Clara is off of preschool (darn you, spring break!) this week, I have even less time than usual to get my ducks in a row. However, it is happening. My laundry pile is overflowing, we don’t have a meal plan, I haven’t worked out in ages, the house is generally a mess… I mean, you get the picture. I have no choice but to maximize my productivity.

Three Ways To Be More Productive

Here are three steps I’m taking to maximize all of my time this week:

+ Minimize distractions. I took the Facebook app off my phone and I don’t regret it. Yes I miss out on some things that I normally might have been interested in (I love our neighborhood’s ‘Buy Nothing’ group and the ‘PMT Challenge’ group for the spring style challenge is amazing!) but I needed those hours of aimless scrolling back. I truly feel like this one action has added time back to my days. Another option would have been to disable the notifications, but I know myself and that just wouldn’t have done the trick.

+ Don’t feel guilty telling (or expecting) kids to play by themselves. As a SAHM I sometimes feel guilty when I’m ‘ignoring’ my kids. But here’s the thing: I don’t believe that (my) kids should need my constant attention. Yes, I need to make sure they’re safe, but they are more than capable of ‘reading’ by themselves and making up games and playing with blocks… they don’t shouldn’t need me to tell them how to keep busy and they definitely shouldn’t depend on me as a constant playmate. I might feel differently about this if I had less time to spend with them during the day (like if I was a work-outside-the-home parent), but as it is, I am constantly around and it’s okay if I take 30 minutes to myself every morning to get some things done.

+ Have a planner. (This isn’t the one I use, but it’s pretty!) I’ll say it again and again, writing things down helps to keep me accountable. At the beginning of each week I write down high priority items that I need to get accomplished each day, and I make sure there are only 1-2 items every day that I really want to get done. I then write down lower priority items that I also want to do. This helps to keep me organized and motivated during naptimes. But, I must admit, it’s a rare day and an even rarer week when everything gets done!

Wish me luck getting all of the things done! Or at least some of the things. Maybe just one thing.

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Have you listened to this podcast yet?!

This week was not a great week for the Benroeck ladies. Isabelle got a stomach bug that caused a night o’ puking and a few days of other digestive issues. Then, of course, I got it and spent all day yesterday in bed/on the couch feeling really nauseous. Thankfully, Tim took two days off work to help out so I didn’t have to worry about taking care of the girls by myself.

AND as an extra bonus, both girls slept all the way through the night last night for the first time ever.

Silver linings.

** Tangent, I just had to stop writing this post because Isabelle had an explosive diaper that went all the way up her back and into her hair. I almost puked on her head changing it. Motherhood is so glamorous. **

S-Town Podcast

Another silver lining of my sick time… I had time to listen to a podcast! I had heard that Serial and This American Life came out with a new podcast, “S-Town” so I downloaded all seven episodes and listened straight through.

I absolutely loved it. I’m not going to tell you what I liked best about it because I feel like anything I said would be a spoiler, but just take my word for it and go listen to it immediately. And then come back and let me know what you thought. I’m currently listening to other podcasts about the S-Town and reading Reddit threads about it because I’m going through withdrawal.

Summary from the website:

John despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.

Happy listening!

What’s your favorite podcast I should be listening to?

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