I love being a mother. Not because I am much better at it than most moms (I’m really not). And not just because my kids are so great (they really are). But because I find so many moments of joy in the middle of each ordinary day of being a mother. And today, I chose to record a day in the life – a snapshot of an ordinary Saturday with my three extraordinary kiddos.
1. Served the kids Fruit Loops (blended with Cheerios to lower the sugar content).
2. Let them play computer games for awhile
3. Drove everyone to my 11-yo daughter’s soccer game. Cheered on her and her teammates and passed out fresh slices of cold watermelon.
4. Drove the kids to the library to check out movies (yes, movies)
1. Made lunch for everyone (Cheese, avocado, heirloom tomato, red onion, and lettuce sandwiches on fresh baguettes of French bread)
2. Scolded my teenager for being disrespectful. Gave him a warning to stop talking or he’d lose privileges. He did not change his behavior. I took away his weekend computer privileges. I hate when I have to do that. He sulked for an hour and was very mad at me. But he was respectful for the rest of the day.
3. Supervised my 9 year-old and 11 year-old as they baked a few dozen chocolate chip and walnut cookies from scratch. Lots of giggles and fun.
4. Thanked my teen for washing the dishes with a kiss on the cheek and an unexpected Werther’s caramel. Earned a smile.
1. Made a cheese pizza for dinner. The teen grated the cheese. (He’s not that into cooking.)
2. Watched a few minutes of a My Little Pony movie with the 11 year-old and 9 year-old. But only a few minutes. Bleah.
3. Went for a quick run while the teen rode his scooter.
4. Assigned the younger kids to sweep floors and clean the bathroom.
5. Taught my daughter to do a proper ballet pirouette. Had fun dancing with her around the living room.
6. Stepped on a Lego while dancing in the living room. It hurt. A lot.
7. Kicked a soccer ball up and down the hallway with the teen.
8. Let the younger kids drag mattresses and blankets into the living room to build a camp-out fort for the night.
9:00 Bedtime (for them)
And now I shall retire to my bed to watch a few episodes of Grey’s Anatomy (my latest marathon show on Hulu). Good night!