10 Things I Remember From Kindergarten

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So, the time has finally come… my first baby is going to kindergarten in about a week.  My heart hurts!!  All I can think about is, the first part of his life is over.  Baby, toddler, preschool… right now it feels like that’s all one phase and this is phase two.  Big kid.  School.

I have no more time to prepare him, no more time to enjoy his little-ness.  The door is closed on his baby-hood, and I have to accept that I did my best as his mother and move forward.

That’s a little over-dramatic, I know, but this is a big step!  I’ve been worried, did I do a good job?  Is he going to be okay without me during the day?

Then I started thinking about my childhood.  At first I thought I couldn’t remember anything from kindergarten, but then some of it started coming back to me.  And for some weird reason, it helps to have those memories when I send my child to school.

So, for fun, and to lighten my mood, here are 10 things I remember from kindergarten.

  1. Playing – I remember a fun little play area.  One time I was pretending to be asleep, and a couple of my little friends ran up and said “Oh no, she’s dead!” and I thought that was so fun.  Kind of a depressing thought, now.
  2. Nap time – or lack thereof.  I remember making faces with one of the other kids while we were trying to be quiet.
  3. Learning about the weather – every day we would change our little weather thing as a class.  It seemed so important whether it was cloudy or sunny.
  4. Mother’s day craft – I don’t know why I remember this specific craft, but we made little cards with tea cup pockets and put a tea bag in them for our moms to “relax” (HA. Like we let that happen.)
  5. My teacher explaining the different accents for “I” and how some people say “I want that” with a southern accent and others say it more specifically.  Don’t know why this memory stands out.
  6. Spelling Mississippi… with the crooked letters and humpbacks.
  7. Finger painting… of course.  I remember we were asking why we had to do it with our fingers.  I think kids are smarter than adults.
  8. Calendar – I remember learning about the days of the week, the months in a year, the different seasons.  April showers bring May flowers.
  9. School bus – I always sat by this middle schooler who erased several entire pages of her notebook one day and then was dismayed when her eraser ran out.  I also remember when she got her braces removed.
  10. Home – I think we lived in an apartment,  and my parents were teaching me how to spell I Love You.  My dad taught me I ❤ U, but my mom argued that I should know how to spell it the right way.   Naturally I sided with my dad and spelled it that way through my entire childhood,  and I taught my son to spell it that way too!  And of course the right way as well.  Mom did have a point 😉

It’s comforting to have those memories,  even if some of them are a little random.  Kindergarten was such a long time ago.  I hope my kids have several great memories to last into adulthood and comfort them when their own babies start kindergarten!!

What are some of your favorite childhood memories?  Leave a comment below.   I would love to read them!!

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Mamas, God Chose You.

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Motherhood is amazing, beautiful, wonderful.  It’s the best job in the world, and you love it more than anything.  It’s a blessing, and you’re thankful for every moment of it.  There’s nothing like it.

But it’s also hard.  The day to day is hard, and when shit happens, which it absolutely does, it’s hard.  And it’s okay.

There might be days where you have scrubbed and swept all day, picked up countless toys, made a hundred snacks and sandwiches and meals, mopped up tears and broken up fights, walked that baby for hours and hours out of the day… and then asked yourself why you can’t stay on top of the chores.

You’re not the only one who is absolutely sick of laundry and dishes.

Or frustrated because you stayed up all night getting your house spotless, and someone just left their shoes in the middle of the floor, and spilled something all over the table.

Or lonely if you stay at home with toddlers all day and you’re starving for adult conversation.

You’re not the only one who forgot how to socialize.

And you’re not the only one who is ready to lose it if your child gets one more attitude with you, or tells you no to your face, or completely ignores you.

It’s hard, ya’ll.  I know it is.  It’s not supposed to be easy, and I don’t know a single person who never has a cloudy day.

I know you feel a little guilty for feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, lonely, worn out, or just sad.  You’re a mother, you give and give until you sometimes feel like there’s nothing else to give.  Then you give more.  Even when it comes to your thoughts, you want to be the perfect mother.  Not really because of any standards of society, but because you love your kids more than anything in the freaking universe, and you know they deserve the world.

But there is not a single perfect mother in the world.  And God chose YOU.  He gave those babies to you for a reason.  Don’t doubt yourself.

No matter what some people might say, it’s okay to feel like it’s hard.  Because it is.  Nothing worth doing comes easily, and motherhood is an extremely challenging and rewarding job.  Not just physically.  But as children grow up, they start reaching for independence, a little bit at a time.  Sometimes it’s frustrating, and sometimes it just hurts.  And we can’t even show it.  That’s hard.  Then you’ve got so many people in the world who just want to tell you you’re doing it wrong.  Most of the time we try not to care what people think, but when it comes to parenting, it’s different.

And then there are times where you just don’t know what to do.  I firmly believe most of us are just winging it, half the time, at least.

So at the end of the day, pour you a glass of wine, take a deep breath and cut yourself a break.  You’re doing an awesome job!

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Summer Sanity Saver – Dancing!!

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It’s Summer ya’ll.

Summer.

With kids.

And no school.

Need I say more?  Besides the words coffee and wine?

So yeah, I’m looking for any and all ideas on kids’ activities.  Especially easy and cheap ones.  And absolutely anything that lets them burn energy!

I created a group board on Pinterest, Kids Activities, where we can share these ideas!!  You can follow the board, or message me if you want to be added!! 😊😊😊

First idea:  DANCING!  It gives kids an outlet for their boundless energy, and there are so many options on YouTube.  I like the Just Dance videos because even though it’s not “kids” songs, they still love it and it’s all censored. And they are so fun to dance to!  We also love some of the other channels, too.  I’ve put a couple of playlists together of our favorite dance songs.  The first one is perfect for younger kids, and the second one is our favorite Just Dance videos.

Let me know if ya’ll have any ideas on other songs I can add to these!

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#RockingMotherhood

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I was challenged by https://bodyafterbaby.blog to make a list of reasons why I’m Rocking Motherhood.  It’s time we all let go of some of that guilt and judgment and recognize that being a mom is AWESOME.  It’s the most amazing, beautiful, difficult, heartbreaking job in the world.  Let’s show a little love!!!

So here are my 10 reasons why I’m Rocking Motherhood 🙂

  1. I’m not perfect… but I’m doing my best!!
  2. I follow my heart in how I raise them, instead of letting other people tell me what I should be doing… but sometimes I wonder if I’m messing up.
  3. Some days I play Legos in the floor… and some days I turn on a movie for them.
  4. I let them eat pizza.
  5. I’m trying to teach them common sense and life skills – which is not to be taken for granted these days, in my opinion.
  6. I hug them every day.
  7. I try to really listen when they talk, and really explain why they are in trouble.  And sometimes I say, “because I said so!”
  8. At 8 months pregnant, I still have my patience and sanity… just maybe not very much of it.
  9. I am rocking motherhood especially now that we went minimalist and got rid of most of the clutter and unnecessary cleaning that was keeping me stressed out!
  10. I always try not to judge other moms, no matter what.  Whether you work, stay home, dress expensively, wear yoga pants, co-sleep, cry it out, drink wine, work out, eat the hell out of those donuts, breastfeed, bottle feed, or let them eat cheerios off the floor of your mini van… I know that being a mom is hard work, and we are all just trying to do the best we can!  I know that we are all supermoms.  And none of us are perfect.

Those are not the only reasons I’m rocking motherhood.  I make mistakes every day.  And it’s time we all realized that it’s going to be okay… So I challenge all of you awesome moms out there to list 10 reasons why you’re rocking motherhood too!  🙂

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Pregnancy tips to feel better… Because growing a human is hard

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Don’t get me wrong.  I am very blessed to have been able to have my babies.  Beyond measure.  Pregnancy is amazing and wonderful, and there are really no words for it.  That being said, it’s not always rainbows and sunshine every day.  That’s just a fact of life.  It’s painful and scary and sometimes you just want someone to say “want me to rub your feet?”.  And sometimes you just want to be grumpy and complain about what hurts.  So this post is my way of showing support, from one pregnant mom to another.  Sometimes there’s nothing you can do about those aches and pains, nausea and hormones, but here are some things that might help more than the typical “this too shall pass” response…

  1. Chocolate.  It will make you feel better if you let it.  Forget all that BS about “don’t use this as an excuse to eat for two”.  Go get you a cookie.  You’re growing another eyeball in there.
  2. Hot bath.  Don’t get it scalding hot… use some common sense.  But throw some epsom salts in there and relax.  Water makes you feel weightless, for one thing.  Hot baths normally help me with aches and pains – even if it’s only temporary.
  3. Coffee.  Don’t freak out.  You can have one cup every morning.  And then you can drink decaf and pretend it’s the real thing.  It’s better than nothing!
  4. Cry.  Pregnancy is the only time you actually have an excuse to cry and throw a fit whenever you want.  It’s his fault for getting the wrong brand of cereal anyway. Go ahead and let it out, and then take a nap. You’re growing tiny fingernails.
  5. Did I mention taking a nap?  I know this isn’t always an option, but if you do get a chance, TAKE A NAP.  You’re growing a second heart inside of your body.  Take a freaking nap.
  6. Me time.  Sit down, read a book or something.  Paint your nails if it makes you feel better, or not.  Scroll on Facebook for a while.  But enjoy some peace and quiet where you don’t have to do anything.
  7. Quit listening to everybody else.  Follow the doc’s list of do’s and don’t’s, follow your own mother’s instinct (yes, you have it already) and stay off the Internet.  You’ve got this.
  8. Relax and let shit go.  By that I mean quit stressing so much about cleaning and trying to do everything and be perfect.  You’re growing a baby!  Another brain.  A whole respiratory system.  Tiny fingers and tiny toes.  You probably can’t sleep, you’re often uncomfortable.  And all the painful and crappy symptoms that nobody understands.  On top of it you walk like a penguin and you can’t drink.  If you want a piece of cake, you deserve it!

Just remember, it really is more than worth it.  And even though you feel like you’ve been pregnant for 10 years, it will be over before you know it.  Just give yourself some credit and cut yourself some slack… You’re growing a baby and it’s hard work.  🙂

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Why my family of 5 went Minimalist – and we are never going back

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Let me start by saying this.  Before I watched the Minimalism documentary (which btw, I normally really don’t like documentaries and refuse to watch them with my husband) I didn’t know much about minimalism besides a few things I’ve seen on the internet… Which made it seem more like a style and a fad (white walls, modern expensive furniture) than anything else.  I thought it sounded dumb.

But by the 1st 20 minutes of the video, I was hooked, and we had already made our decision.

Very basic summary:  Minimalism is about focusing less on materialistic things and more on family and experiences.  That’s really the point.  You can actually keep whatever you want, and there’s no set rules you have to follow.  It’s not about the label.  It’s just about intentionally thinking about everything you have, and asking yourself how much value each thing actually has to you.  If it’s something that brings you joy, or you actually need it, keep it.  But if you only have it because you would feel guilty getting rid of it, or because “it’s a set”, or because society has told you that you need it… Toss it.

You’d be surprised how much crap you have that you don’t really care about.  And also how much impact that one thing might be having on your life.

Think of how much money you could save… Not just on impulse spending, but on subscriptions, DEBT, even monthly bills and utilities… Do you really need “unlimited everything”?  Or that storage unit?  Or DirecTV?

All of this stuff is designed to keep you inside.  Entertained.  Sheep.

Imagine if you got rid of everything… You would spend more time outside.  Doing stuff!  Isn’t that exactly what you want for your kids anyway?

Moms… Think of how much CLEANING you could cut out of your day… I know you’re scared to even let that tiny ray of hope enter your mind, but I’m being serious.  If you could just cut your dishes and laundry in HALF, wouldn’t you jump on that?  We’ve kept everything we need, and what we actually want to wear.  We got rid of the things we only wore because they were there.  We cut down on dishes by only keeping what we need for the day… Which means rinsing your cup and using it all day.  Most of your dishes are in the sink because something else was already dirty.  Think about that.

Also, the toys and clutter… At 7 months pregnant, I had really gotten fed up with picking stuff up off the floor.  All.  Day.  Long.  But since we have gotten rid of everything they don’t actually play with often, and everything else we didn’t need in the house… I have so much less to straighten up around the house.  And it’s easier to get the kids to clean up their messes, too.

Not to mention, my house looks cleaner.  It took a little while to get used to it looking so empty (compared to before)… But now it’s so relaxing.  My office is bare, except for my desk and lamp (and the window).  It’s my favorite room in the house.  I’m taking that as a good sign.

A big problem today is, we live our lives looking too much at everyone else, and what they have… Instead of being content with what we have.  We look at popular styles, home décor shows, how big our neighbors’ houses are… And we feel less because we don’t have what they have.  We see buying new stuff and having MORE as a sign of success.  And I’m tired of it.  I don’t even like decorations… All the clutter on my counters has always bugged me.  I’m finally giving myself permission to feel that way and get rid of it.

As for “minimalism”.  It’s a lifestyle that lets you focus on what YOU want out of life, and not what anyone else says you should want.  It’s more about experiences, teaching your kids what’s important in life.  Letting them know that it’s okay to have hopes and dreams.  It’s about LESS STRESS and less feeling so overwhelmed… And as a mom, with two kids and about to have a newborn baby… That’s the biggest thing for me.

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MY NEW BLOG!!

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​First post – Yay!  I’m so excited that I’m doing what I’ve always wanted to do… for real this time.  I’ve made several blog mistakes in the past, and it never really clicked with me.  This time it clicks!  I’m finally confident about it because I’m not taking myself so seriously, I’m not worried about what other people think and I have TONS of ideas about things I want to write about.

So welcome to my site – Super Tired Wondermom.

Chances are if you’re a mom, you’re super freaking tired too.  But you keep going, you keep washing those hellish damn dishes and laundry, you keep your kids alive and reasonably happy and that makes you a wondermom too!

I’m not going to pretend that I’m going to have any ground-breaking earth-shattering posts to change the world with, but every one of us has something unique and awesome to share, so I’m going to share mine.  Feel free to like and share any of my posts, sign up for my emails, and follow me on here or social media!  It’s about time all of us moms showed each other a little support.  🙂

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