This is not to say that I think working moms can't do these things. I just know myself and know that I personally could not have been the teacher or the mother that I truly wanted to be if I had to be both at the same time. When I taught I always had so many things running through my mind all the time. Planning ideas, parents to call, conferences to prepare for, activities/lessons to plan/make, etc. I found that I had SO much to remember in my professional life, that it made me very forgetful in my personal life. The mom I always pictured myself being was always on top of things. I know this is a lofty goal because I am only human but having too much on my plate would make it that much more difficult to strive for.
The event that sparked my motivation for this post was a phone call I recently made to my mom. I have 4 nephews and a niece (Ayden is the youngest of 6 grandchildren for my parents). The youngest of the nephews and the niece will be celebrating their first birthdays in August and September so it was time to brainstorm some gift ideas for them. As I skim Pinterest, I always pin cute DIY gift ideas because that is the direction we want to start taking with the gifts we give. Not only do DIY projects typically fit into our budget a little better but in my opinion, they are also more meaningful. The gifts that I plan to make for their birthdays require some sewing and I don't sew. My mom, on the other hand does, so I asked if she'd help me make them and then they could be from both of us. We decided to get together next week and have a little sewing party (I'll also probably go ahead and make a third as a future present for Ayden while we're at it and just tuck it away until he's ready).
My sister and her family are coming in to visit from NY because her youngest son (she has 3!!) is the August birthday boy and his birthday party is here in Kentucky on August 11th. Since she will also be bringing her two older boys, and my middle sister's son will be around as well, I found a cute idea for the three older nephews too.
After we finished our sewing party planning conversation, my mom told me how impressed she was that I was thinking so far ahead (a whole 2 weeks, haha!). In my family, we typically go the day
|Having a moment with Daddy at Whole Foods today|
We have a super busy day planned for tomorrow!