When I think back to what life was like when I started this blog, I am amazed at how different things are now. My girls were 6 & 3! They are now 14 & 11. Oh how the times have changed for this family.
I used to have time for lots of things like gardening, canning, cooking from scratch. And while those things and those times hold a special place in my heart, the thought of doing that now makes me want to run & hide.
These days, I’m more into working out and being a professional kid hauler running from one practice to another, doctor appointments, school functions, softball games, etc. I’m still cooking a lot, but I’m way more lax in how I approach nutrition. I love to eat healthy foods, but I don’t have guilt trips or stress over eating the occasional junk either. I used to make our ketchup, mayo, broth, jam, canned veggies & sauces, pickles, etc because I was bound and determined to let no unnatural items touch the stomachs of my loved ones lol. And while those things are great, and I applaud anyone who is actively working towards taking care of their family in the best way that they can, frankly, I just don’t have time for that anymore.
These days our mornings are spent in a mad dash to get ready for school. Once the kids are off it’s home for my one hour workout time. This is one area I will never give up. There are days when it has to happen at night instead of morning (which I hate, btw) but one hour of each day is all mine. I have struggled to really disengage from the never ending list of responsibilities and chores that need tending to, but I really try to clear my mind and focus on my health and fitness in that hour. My goals and expectations for myself, and my long-term health are the things I try to keep at the forefront of my mind. Because I do want to be healthy and active and here for my family for as long as possible and I don’t want my health to be a burden to them. I know that anything can happen to anyone at any time, but I’m going to try to ward off health issues for as long as possible. My game plan for that is to exercise daily and find a good balance between great nutrition & the freedom of indulgence in moderation.
After workout time, if there isn’t anywhere I need to be, I try to tackle laundry & housework. I’ve tried (and failed at) several different systems over the years, but what I have found that works best for me now is to divide it up throughout the week. Mondays I clean both bathrooms top to bottom. Tuesdays I dust (everything from baseboards to blinds & furniture, ceiling fans, etc ). Wednesdays I vacuum & mop. Thursdays are for meal planning / grocery shopping & errands. Fridays are for tackling outside chores, when it’s nice, or just catching up on anything I missed earlier in the week.
Things are a little more relaxed in the summer when school is out & I’m sincerely looking forward to that with just a little over month left of school. More free time for fun with the girls & SLEEPING IN!
After 13+ years of being a stay at home mom, I honestly am surprised that I haven’t tired of it by now, especially with the girls being older & more independent now. And looking back, I know we sacrificed material things & vacations. But I can’t say that I feel deprived or sad that we missed out on the things that others have. The day will come when we’ll do those types of things, Lord willing, but for now I can only say that I feel so abundantly blessed to be able to do this every day.
**Pictures courtesy of my awesome career choice & our recent hiking trip to Clifty Falls State Park** 😉