I believe most of my readers understand that Intentionally Simple is written to encourage a life of simplicity and that I view it more as a website than a personal blog (we have a family blog, The Simple Life of the Boreings, that is sporadically updated.) I try to weave our family experiences into writing but many times the messier moments are not shared on this site.
I just want you to know that I’m really a mess.
I don’t think it’s possible to live with two small children and have it even somewhat together!
I call my husband at work at least once a week needing advice, encouragement or just to cry. The days can be very long.
I may cloth diaper to save money and be eco-friendly but the reality is we don’t take our trash off to the dump regularly. The trash and recycling heaps up before we finally get tired of it and take the time to do something with it. I cannot imagine what it would smell like on our carport if we used disposables.
My floors are dirty. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’ll probably have dirty floors for the next 18 years (and longer if we’re blessed with more babies!) I try to sweep regularly because there are so many crumbs on the floors at all times but I don’t let it bother me if the floors aren’t super clean. As far as mopping goes, I pretty much just ‘spot mop’ with rags when there are major spills or accidents!
I haven’t consistently meal planned in 2 years. I rave about how meal planning saves both time and money but I certainly forget to follow my own advice. These days I just don’t like cooking, it’s quite the production with a toddler and baby and the fact that there is no plan leaves me asking the ‘what’s for dinner’ question more often than I’d like.
I blog all of the time…in my head! There are so many things I want to write about and share in this space but finding the time to sit down and actually write is hard. I’m too lazy to wake up before the boys do, it’s impossible to sit and write for more than 10 minutes when they are awake, nap time is rarely synchronized and when bedtime rolls around, I’m too exhausted to write.
I feel like I spend 50% of my waking hours feeding people or dealing with diapers. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for Paxton, nursing Weston, feeding Weston solids at lunch and dinner, sneaking snacks for me to keep up my milk supply, sharing half of the snacks with Paxton that I don’t successfully sneak and trying to cook dinner each night. And then it all comes out of the little people resulting in bottoms to wipe and diapers to wash!
My life is not super organized in a tidy, minimal home with 2 perfect children. I’m really a mess!
But, I try to embrace the beauty in the mess (more like messes!)
I’m so thankful that I’ve been blessed with an imaginative toddler who drags toys and books all over the house, a baby who just wants his mama to hold him, boys who want to be rocked to sleep long after bedtime some nights and a family to cook for (and clean up after!)
So, as you’re reading posts here, just remember I’m choosing to share things related to simple living and not all of the realities of living with little ones!
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