Do you ever have one of those days, when you get so much accomplished, you sit in shock going over everything you did, and think “I can’t believe I got all of this done” “Why can’t everyday be like this?”. That was me yesterday. Allow me to give you a glimpse into my super productive day. I’m a list person, as I mentioned here, so I feel like I’ve accomplished something just by writing a list.
Here is what I accomplished:
- Finish painting hallway, so I can begin to paint NEW (3rd) color in hallway.
- Clean up bedrooms, start laundry
- Make beds
- 3 loads of laundry, folded and put away
- Everyone dressed and ready for the day, including brushing your teeth (this is a huge feat as it doesn’t happen everyday! Just being honest here).
- Grocery Shopping
- Unload groceries, clean kitchen
- Work out
- Bring in 2 loads of wood for the wood stove.
- Begin cutting in new (final) paint color for the hallway
- Remove all slip covers from couch and chairs and wash them
- Pick up living room, and vacuum living room & dining room
- Have a dance party with the kids
- Make an amazing dinner
- Baked 140 cookies for husbands business meeting (which I think I had at least 12, so there goes the work out I did earlier in the day)
- Completed painting more than half of the hallway with the new, new paint color (which is SO much better.)
PHEW! First let me clarify this is NOT what a normal day looks like around here. In theory yes, and I would love to have everyday be this productive. But most days I’m lucky if myself and the kids are dressed with our teeth brushed (and you thought I was kidding about that). I stay at home with our two small kids, whom neither are in school yet, so there is no busy morning schedule, or rushing out the door. I don’t have to leave for work on a daily basis, so most mornings are spent cuddling on the couch, and being in our pj’s until noon. Which I count as a blessing Every.Single.Day. Most days, some are rougher than others. I love this postcard about the different views of being a stay at home mom:
Pretty much sums it up right there! I don’t share my list with you to brag, or look for a pat on the back. I say all that, because most days are hard. Really Hard. Sometimes you wonder what you got yourself into, and I love my kids!!! Man, do I love them. I share with you, because on days I feel like giving up, or throwing in the towel. Like I’m never going to get the kitchen to stay clean, or see what’s underneath the massive pile on my dining room table, or will that clean laundry ever get put away, or seriously can we just get along for 5 minutes without me having to say “Can you please play nicely with each other?” Ok maybe I exaggerated a little on that last one, at least 10 minutes 🙂 HA HA. I shared my list with you, because it’s RARE. While I would love for everyday to be like that, it’s not, and that’s ok. I share to remind myself on the days when I feel like I can’t get anything done, that there are days I’m blessed to get multitudes done. Yesterday was a multitude day. But I need help, I find scripture and uplifting quotes that I surround myself in, write on the walls (chalkboard ones of course!), because not everyday is going to run smoothly, be super productive, and look great. So reminding myself of the great times, helps when the tough times come.
I love this cute little print, found at this Etsy shop, reminding us of the scripture Proverbs 31:27 “She watched over the affairs of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.” For the times we might not feel like we want to pick up the room, put clothes away, or do the dishes – when seriously, the dishwasher is empty, why is the sink full!? Reminding yourself who you are ultimately serving, takes our attitude from complaining to grateful. And can I just tell you when you are home all the time and surrounded by your mess, and those you live with, it’s easy to get caught complaining. When instead I have SO much to be thankful for! I’m taking part in the #JOYFILLEDHOMECHALLENGE on Instagram, for the month of November, and love that everyday I get to choose to see the joy around my house. I will do a round up at the end of the month on the blog for those not on Instagram, but if you are hop over and check it out, or you can see my Joy.Filled.Home at roomsforrent. Currently I’m playing catch up, from being sick during the first part of the week, but I hope you will join me. I have some exciting posts I can’t wait to share with you, including how I DIY’d our barn light pendants to make them look old:
And today I’m working on setting a Thanksgiving Table using items you already have. I hope you are having a wonderful week, and I hope that as we get closer to Thanksgiving, and this holiday season, that our hearts are fixed on above and all we have to be grateful for.