Please give a warm welcome to my friend, Missy! She’s the woman behind Literal Mom, one of my favorite blogs.
I really can’t remember how I met Missy. I know that makes me seem like an airhead, but I just feel like I’ve known her forever. We took a blog class together last year, but I knew her before that…it just goes to prove what I would tell you about Missy, which is that her writing draws you in and you connect with her stories right away. So often I read her posts and I can relate to every single word. We’ve shared more than one “great minds think a like” moments, and I value her take on motherhood and parenting. I just know you’re going to love her!
School Breaks Then and Now
My family and I just finished Winter Break last week. Over the course of the break, I started thinking about School Breaks when my kids were younger and School Breaks now. And while it’s not a specific mess, there are certainly messes in each break we have, so I’m hoping this still qualifies as a Mommy Mess moment!
School Breaks Then:
I’d pick them up at the last possible moment.
School Breaks Now:
I pick them up early to get a “jump start” on our break.
Then: I scheduled trips according to the Break.
Now: I schedule them when I want. If they miss a few days of school, oh well!
Then: I would get as much rest as possible before the break started, because it was so exhausting.
Now: I still get as much rest as possible. Because I’m always tired.
Then: I made cookies and had them help! And hated every minute of it.
Now: I make one batch of cookies for us. And if everyone’s licking the bowl, who cares? We’re the only ones eating it!
Then: I would crawl the walls at home, trapped by schedules and naptimes.
Now: We do what we want when we want because everyone’s old enough to handle it.
Then: They had to go to bed at the same time because they still got up at the crack of dawn. Or earlier.
Now: They go to bed later and get up later throughout the break. It’s awesome.
Then: I felt mad 80% of the time.
Now: I only feel mad some of the time. They’re still kids, they still have the potential to annoy the crap out of us! But it’s so much less.
Then: I worried about how much junk they were eating.
Now: I don’t. They’ll detox it out eventually.
Then: Santa came to us in Florida.
Now: Santa comes early – it’s impossible to take gifts home on the airplane! And shipping is no fun.
Then: I focused on the commercial side of Christmas so much and didn’t understand why they didn’t want to go to Mass on Christmas Eve.
Now: I focus on the “reason for the season” much better. They are much better at attending Mass. All 4 times we went over this break.
Then: I ate my way through the season, usually gaining 5-10 pounds.
Now: For the first time ever, I didn’t gain weight this season!
Then: I couldn’t wait for it to end and send them back to school.
Now: There’s never enough time with them before they have to go back. And I hate to see them go.
Do you have any Then and Now stories to share about breaks?
Thanks, Adrienne, for having me over today! It’s such an honor!
See? Isn’t she great?
Missy Bedell blogs at Literal Mom, where she encourages parents to think about their parenting. With anything in life, if you think about it while you’re doing it, rather than go on auto-pilot, you automatically do it better (even if only a little bit). The same is certainly true with parenting. She hopes. She combines wit, humor and sometimes even tears to share her message.