Jelly Toast

It’s been so great having my husband home these last two weeks. Parenting sure is easier when there is two of you! I’m nervous to do it all alone again starting next week. I mean, I know I’ll do fine and we’ll get back into a routine soon. I am just overwhelmed, I guess.

Diaper bag. Why am I the only mom of two children under the age of three (I like to add that ’cause it sounds more dramatic) without a cool diaper bag? Wouldn’t that help make me more organized and give me space to carry all these nifty gadgets so when a child of mine is throwing a fit or doing something ridiculous in public that is making me look like “one of those moms” I can whip out a treat or water bottle or a new dog toy that squeaks and make everyone in the world happy?? Why have I been a parent for almost three years and I still don’t have an awesome bag to carry around with me? Why? WHY?

I want a Timbuk2 bag. They are high end bags, that’s what my husband said. The cheapest one is $90. I don’t care. I want it. You can even customize it to make it your favorite colors. I am buying it. $90 to have a place for all my gear is totally worth it, is it not? Look at me, already on my way to making my life easier.

Next topic. Waking up early. I wonder if I went to bed at 7:30 I would be ready to go by 7:30 am? Probably not. It is still too early. Plus I can’t go to bed at 7:30 even if I wanted to. The Bachelor is starting next week and that goes until at least 10pm. Later if you include emotional baggage clean up and prying yourself off the popcorn infested couch. Oh I work on Monday nights. I’m going to have to talk to my boss around working around my schedule for that. So then the other nights, well I have studying to do or other important shows to watch, or chores or writing or reading or folding laundry or working out. So I go to be between 11-12 at night. I don’t want to go to bed earlier. I just want my kids to sleep in later. That is the only solution to this.

Winter. Okay, ya’ll. I love winter and the snow and the frosty the snowman. You know that about me. But I am counting down the months until suuuuuumer. We can spend all day outside and I can sunbathe on the picnic table. We can play soccer and ride bikes and oh, I am so ready.

Behold: my children eating toast with jelly.

They are so cute when they’re eating.

Well, really it’s the only time they are sitting still and I can get good pictures of their faces.

I’m obsessed with their blue eyes and blonde hair.

Last night my husband and I went on a date. We found a babysitter. Boom Chicka Latta. We went out to a restaurant with a gift certificate we got for Christmas. Both of the boys were sleeping – she came over at night – and she watched TV the whole time we were gone. Ha. It’s funny paying someone to stay at your house and watch TV. But what else was she suppose to do, right? I hope she continues to be awesome because I think more date nights should be in our future! I think I might talk to her about doing some light cleaning when she comes over. Is that appropriate?? I’m not sure. She is only 16 and newish to babysitting so I don’t want to freak her out.

{Slightly off topic but when I was a babysitter, I was amazing. Not trying to brag, but it’s the truth. I would clean up after ourselves, which is expected, but then after the kids were in bed I always left the house in better shape then when I got there. I would fluff the couch pillows, fold the blankets, put away all the dishes, clean the counters, organize shoes on the floor, whatever. People always came home and were so pleasantly surprised to find that I cleaned up so nicely after I put the kids to bed! I sort of have high expectations in that department, but I realize most people don’t do that.}

My next project is making a list of goals. I know this will help me be more productive and organized in life. Are you going to make goals for the new year? I haven’t made goals for a while. We all should make them, you know.

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

5 thoughts on “Jelly Toast

  1. teens are definitely different than when we were that age! First of all, most of them don't care about babysitting and I'd say a vast majority aren't responsible enough to do it! Just be happy you found one that's willing!

  2. You should check out 31 Gifts. They have some great bags that are used for diaper bags and it's not nearly as expensive. Plus you can customize it to whatever color you want and even have your initials embroidered. 🙂

  3. I wish I could look that cute with Jelly on my face! These pictures just made me hungry of PB & J on wheat toast. Mmmm… Happy New Year!

  4. I don't think it would be weird to ask your babysitter to do some light housecleaning if she's mostly there when your kids are asleep. I am a high school teacher and know that the students I know who babysit do cleaning too.

    About the jelly toast – have you read the Max and Ruby book _Love_? It ends, “but who's the one I love the most? The one who makes my jelly toast!” (from my memory).

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