Today was a great day. What is amazing about it being a great day is that it was not what I usually envision as a fun, exciting, great summer day. It was great because I learned even more about being a mom, and I learned it from my littles. You see, I have a confession to make. I am a bit of a perfectionist about some things. One of those things is cleaning house. It is not that I am great at it. It has more to do with the fact that I know what to do, how to do it, and the amount of time that it will take me to complete each task. I typically do everything in blocks, planning to treat myself to something at the end.
After lunch today, everyone was kind of doing their own thing. I looked down at the floors, and I realized that the house was anything but clean. Between all of our trips and the summer long respiratory infections, I have not been the house-keeper that I like to be. Then, a light bulb went off in my head. Gabriel has been asking for a way to make extra money. Even though my children sometimes want to help me clean house, I must admit that I seldom let them. I know that letting them will likely mean that it will take more time to accomplish the end result. I honestly consider house-cleaning to be one of my jobs as a stay-at-home mom, and I take pleasure in the end result.
So, back to the light bulb…as I looked at the floors, my eyes then went to the baseboards. I called to Gabriel and told him that I had a job for him. He eagerly agreed to take on the work. Summer appeared within seconds, wanting to know what she could do. So, I asked her to clean the glass doors and windows. And, within a few minutes, Ethan came in to see what all of the action was about. I put him to work cleaning the dining room table. They were all happily working on their assigned tasks, so I started cleaning the bathrooms. We were working together as a family, and we were having fun.
Who would have thought that we would have fun on a summer day by cleaning house together?! I learned such a valuable lesson as a mom. First of all, when my children want to help, let them! Secondly, it is not always about the sprinklers, swimming pools, and trips to the parks that make a great summer day. It is just about being together, learning from each other, and taking the time to focus on the important things. Today, it was important to me to clean house, but it was also important to me to make sure that my littles were happy. When I took the time to actually think about it, the two were able to go hand-in-hand.
At the end of the day, did the house-cleaning take more time? Yes and no. Yes, because I had to stop to explain what needed to be done, which took me longer to complete my tasks, but, no, because they were doing things that I did not have do to later. Was the house perfectly clean? No. But, it seldom is, even when I do it by myself. We were all happy, and I was so proud of everyone for pitching in to accomplish getting the house cleaned. Sometimes perfection is in the eye of the beholder. And, what this momma saw today was three children who were happily working together, and, to me, that is absolutely, positively perfect in every way.
- Breakfast: Toast with sesame seed spreed and banana cashew butter smoothies (recipe coming soon)
- Lunch: Hotdogs (no buns), apple slices, grapes, and chips
- Dinner: Roasted vegetable pasta (recipe coming soon) and salad
- Snack: Peach Strawberry Sorbet (recipe below)
After all of the hard work, I thought that we all deserved an extra special snack as a sweet reward. Luckily, I had thought ahead, even before I knew the beauty that would unfold with the house-cleaning, and made the sorbet this morning. As I was trying to get to a stopping point in my house-work, the littles patiently waited with full anticipation of a special treat. Since we are not having dairy right now, we have not had ice cream in a few weeks. So, instead of focusing on what we cannot have, I decided to think of what we can have. Sorbet – fruit, juice, and sugar. Perfect!
I have this Cuisinart ice cream maker and love it. I literally turn the switch to on and let the machine works its magic. Easy breezy, perfection.
We all loved our special afternoon treat. It was a great day.
The last thing that I must do before I tuck the littles into bed for the night is send a great big shout-out to my friend Kristen over at Dine & Dish. I have known Kristen for 4 years, and she is amazingly awesome. If you read her blog and ever wonder, “Is she really that nice, that smart, that funny, that kind?”, the answer is “yes!”. Kristen is the type of friend who I wish lived next door so that we could chat every day, cook together, and watch our littles grow up together. She is truly a wonderful, dear person. I commented on Kristen’s blog today, and she immediately posted my little blog information on her Facebook page. Thank you, Kristen. You amaze me; you truly do! Now, go reward yourself with some sorbet!