We had a fabulous Independence Day weekend. My sister and her fiancé came to visit for a few days, and it was awesome. We went dress shopping for her wedding dress, shopped our hearts out at the local outlet mall, and had fun at the kids’ swim lessons. Yesterday we spent the morning at the beach and then came home to smoke ribs (Will did, anyway) and celebrate the day. Such a great relaxing weekend!
This next week is the start of a new, official training season for me! I signed up for the Another Mother Runner 13.FUN challenge/training plan. I’m doing the run/walk option because the last thing I want is to get injured and/or lose more motivation. I’m excited to see how it goes!
The first time Nora paid attention in a jewelry store just about blew her mind.
Things I’ve learned as a Mom:
- There are never, ever enough AAA or AA batteries in the house.
- There will be too many of the WRONG kind of batteries in the house when your child clamors for the other kind.
- Always keep a Philips screwdriver in the kitchen drawer.
- Nature’s Miracle is handy for pet messes and for a light spray-down of a potty-training kid’s mattress.
- Check your own pockets for tissues and chapstick before doing the laundry.
- Diaper rash ointment can be handy for Mom’s running problems as well as baby’s bottom
- Every work of art is precious
- But take a picture of it and get rid of it or it will BREED LIKE RABBITS
- Only get rid of it when the kids aren’t looking
- Or teach the kids the value of recycling early in their lives
- Also: “This is how we make room for MORE art!”
- Keep an extra storage tote handy for dropping in seasonal decor that didn’t quite make the Easter clean-up of Christmas decorations (what, is it just me?)
- Sometimes a ten-minute timer makes cleaning into a game or a race, especially if there’s a prize at the end
- That works on kids too
- Throw the laundry detergent cup into the load after you add the soap. No more sticky residue!
- Also: keep the extra ones when you buy new detergent.
- Also: remember to get it out of the washer before you transfer the load to the dryer. Ha!
- Finally … three hours of kid-free cleaning while at home and sick still accomplishes the same as two weeks worth of cleaning while the kids are around.
I’m trying a Summer Blog Project to get myself to write more regularly. The project is – wait for it – blogging during the summer. I know! You can follow along by liking the Treacle.Net Facebook page!