Oh life. With your never ending stream of next-meals that must be made (or procured for takeout) and your constant entropy of clean places and your multiplication of all of the tasks. You wear me out.
Add in my sweet children and their unique capacity to both amplify and fast forward the process of exhaustion twenty fold (and no Adam!) and I mostly just want to crawl in bed at 6:30. Digging out “fun mom” in this season seems an especially daunting task.
But here’s the thing, there has never yet been a season where I thought, “wow, I have zero demands and tons of sleep and extra time and energy.” And I only get to do this season once. Regardless of the extra demands of right now (slash the craziness of always), I will never get another chance to come back, less worn out and weary, and do any of these mom seasons again.
And while I have Lamentations 2:22-23 on repeat in my head (“His grace is new every morning, His grace is new every morning,”) I am also all about the attempt- attempting to take every chance (or even just more of the chances), to play, to hang out with, to surprise, and to connect with these Smooches of mine.
Even in the weariness and tiredness of today.
So here they are- ten things I am trying this week to reclaim Fun Mom–
1- Reading with them
2- Taking an extra 10 minutes during our errands to go to a part of the store they want to see (“The Lego section at Target? Sure, tell me all about why this Minecraft Lego set is absolutely amazing“).
3- Listening with them to their playlists on Spotify (regardless of how not fun the Frozen soundtrack seems)
4- Spending some time outside together (soccer? a walk? a lake beach?)
5- Snuggling with them when I wake them up (this is especially important for she-who-shall-not-be-named. Mornings are hard. I get it.)
6- Mini dance parties to aforementioned Spotify playlists (not just playing DJ- haha!)
7- Spending 15 minutes of one on one time with each of them sometime this week
8- Grabbing Sonic Happy Hour with them (umm, while we have access to Sonic for the next little bit, I’m trying to take advantage!)
9- Praying with them before bed
10- Heading to a park one day after school
Want to join me? Any other ideas for reclaiming Fun Mom this week?