Mother's Day has come and gone. Sadly, yet again, I did not receive the coveted "Mother of the Year" award. I try so hard every year, but am bumped out of the running by mothers who lovingly bake zucchini kale muffins for breakfast and iron 100% cotton button down shirts. For a "Mother of the Year" victory next year, I need improvement in the following areas: laundry, haircuts, and school artwork archival. If I can do this, the trophy will be mine.
I am a single mom with three kids. I work full time and try to keep sane by going to boot camp (which kinda makes me insane - with all the tire flipping and med ball slamming), creating art, and blogging. It is hard to fit laundry into my life, but I must if I want to take home the trophy. Here is what my laundry room currently looks like -
|A moldering mess.|
|Clean clothes in the basket AND in the drier! The clothes must wait patiently for folding. I like to wait until things are good and wrinkled before giving them the shake down.|
Yesterday it was 90 degrees out. (I was wearing a breezey, clean sundress.) I was outside surveying my garden, and saw my oldest son, Leonard, walking down the street wearing a long sleeved hoodie and jeans. I immediately accosted him for wearing such a stupid outfit on a hot day. He politely waited for me to finish before saying, "Mom, I have no clean shorts. Yeah. And I have no clean t-shirts. Plus, you forgot to buy me sandals. (Hmmm. I will also have to improve on kids' clothes shopping. I seem to do quite well when it involves shopping for me.)
Later, when my middle child, Gus, was getting ready for bed. He said, "You DO know that we have been wearing dirty socks all week. We get them out of the hamper every morning." No. I did not know that. I did what I assume most moms do - I immediately drove to Target and bought a couple new packs of socks for the boys.
I know of moms who spend the school year curating museum quality scrap books and galleries of their children's artwork. I, on the other hand, have started throwing my kids art projects in the garbage when they are sleeping. Just look at what Leonard brought home the other day -
|Something not even a mother could love. It is also jagged and sharp, practically a weapon.|
|Awww. I think I LOVE this low maintenance hairstyle.|
Finally, I have to get the kids on a haircut schedule. I need to stop hoping that the "Keith Partridge Look" will be back in style at any moment. It is not going to make a comeback and I am going to have to pay the money for regular trims. Often I have to pay for haircuts twice. Once at Cost Cutters and then again at a decent salon to fix what happened at Cost Cutters.
Okay Prairie Friends - I am off to throw in a couple loads of laundry.