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Perfectly Imperfect

Oh how I love the pictures of perfectly matched children all in a row.


Clean, happy & calm


Mom is standing watch like an angel of parenthood. She is also clean, happy & calm. ๐Ÿ˜‡


Where do these fairytale mothers live??? In a land far far away.....


๐‘…๐‘’๐’ถ๐“ ๐“‰๐’ถ๐“๐“€ - My kids used to make me cry jusssst about every Motherโ€™s Day. Not because they were โ€œmeanโ€ but because they just seemed to pick that special day to be ๐“‡๐‘’๐’ถ๐“๐“๐“Ž ๐“‡๐‘’๐’ถ๐“๐“๐“Ž naughty. Like, there was some instinctual switch that was flipped on the day of Mothers.


Most Motherโ€™s Day mornings my dreams of coffee in bed and rolling beds of perennials were quickly replaced by a lunch of gold fish and Riesling. Donโ€™t judge. Cheese, crackers and wine pair beautifully together and this was like a one stop shop. ๐Ÿง€ ๐Ÿท


Listen, motherhood is not always clean, happy or calm. Donโ€™t you dare tell yourself that you are less of a Mom than the one in the picture because pictures donโ€™t show dirty socks or dried up tears or chaos.


Today I started my Motherโ€™s Day by walking my 21 year old through some stomach flu remedies over the phone. I am 97% sure what he means by โ€œstomach fluโ€ is actually the โ€œCrown Royalโ€ flu but I stayed on the phone with him anyway while he went to the store and told him what color Gatorade he likes. Iโ€™m being grounded to my bedroom by the 13 year old and Iโ€™m pretty sure my kitchen is on fire.


Our days here are chaotic. They are mostly happy but there are days when they are just chaotic and stressful. Especially during the shelter in place while we are learning a new normal.


Iโ€™ve lived on spoonfuls of buttered noodles straight out of the pan. Iโ€™ve called dinner a stolen chicken nugget. Iโ€™ve run out of dry shampoo and used baby powered instead because the thought of actually washing my hair sounds exhausting. Iโ€™ve shoved handfuls of goldfish in my mouth and washed it down with a juice box ๐Ÿงƒ


Listen Linda- ๐’ด๐‘œ๐“Š ๐’ถ๐“‡๐‘’ ๐’น๐‘œ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐‘”๐“‡๐‘’๐’ถ๐“‰!


Teaching your kids that love is what matters and that ๐’ฉ๐‘œ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” is perfect is the most amazing lesson you will be able to teach and you canโ€™t show them that if everything is perfect all of the time.