Just a couple words that describe how I feel this week about getting back into our family’s routine of school and work. Don’t get me wrong, the holidays were wonderful and I felt like we enjoyed a much-needed break. That said, by New Year’s we were starting to climb the walls and fight about every little thing.
There were some awesome, memorable “Mom” moments in the last two weeks for sure. A “Mom” moment is something that you can only appreciate when you’re a mom. It’s a moment that is either sweet or crazy, a brief snapshot of the pleasure – or torture! – it is to be a mom.
Here are my memorable “Mom” moments from the last two weeks:
1. Reading Betsy-Tacy to my eight-year-old daughter. Oh, how I loved these books by Maud Hart Lovelace when I was about her age! They transported me to a different time and place and filled me with wonder and happiness. Best thing ever was when my daughter told me, “This is my favorite gift. I know it’s not the biggest or the most expensive, but I really like it.”
2. Hearing the following conversation between my kids about a honeymoon:
8yo: I thought a honeymoon was when you took a ride on a giant bee.
11yo: And I thought a honeymoon was when you took a trip to the moon.
Aww, my little geniuses!
3. Watching Buying Alaska with my son, age 11. Who knew that watching people purchase homes with outhouses and bear-proof windows could encourage mother-tween bonding?
4. Making Christmas cookies and, yes, once again having to finish frosting all 841 of them by myself because the kids grew bored and wandered back over to the TV.
5. Listening to my dearest friend, a judge (not kidding!), tell me about how she assigned her kids “brain work” every day over Winter Break (also not kidding!) while I let my kids watch a lot of TV.
6. Running to the Dollar Store on Christmas Eve for a last minute item and being told by the kids to stand at the front of the store so they could pick out gifts for me and my husband. They purchased the gifts for us with their own money, too.
7. Watching my kids’ eyes light up when I booked the right friend for a playdate/hang out. Their eyes used to light up like that whenever they saw me when they were babies.
8. Sitting in a hot tub with the kids on a Monday afternoon feeling so blessed to have a job where I get the week off between Christmas and New Year. With pay.
9. Taking my daughter to American Girl Place in Chicago for the first time and celebrating her recent birthday with lunch at the cafe. We had a great time! And, don’t worry about big brother – he enjoyed the Lego store next door.
Totally memorable “Mom” moments!
How were your holidays? Any great “Mom” memories to share?