Parenting is hard. It’s the hardest thing that I’ve ever done. And if I do nothing else with my business and this blog, I want to be a real person. So I’m sure that anytime I write a personal post about parenting, it will start out with “parenting is hard.”
Sometimes I have it together and sometimes I’m not even close. It’s really a balance between the two. And this week, and today especially, was no different.
In true mom fashion, I wait until the last minute to pull together a costume for Dr. Seuss character costume day at school.
When did I find out about it?
Oh, a couple of weeks ago. Don’t judge.
But yes, last night after running various places, working, and being up since 4:45 AM, I drove to Wal-Mart at 8:00 PM for a yellow shirt.
In my defense, I thought we already had one. Cooper wanted to be “Sam I am”, so he needed a yellow shirt. You can’t be Sam without a yellow shirt, so off I went.
I had full intention of cutting out a paper hat with ears for Gavin. Because he told me two weeks ago (when I asked him what he wanted to be so that I could plan ahead and not wait until the last minute *eye roll*) that he wanted to be Horton from Horton Hears a Who!
So I searched Pinterest and saw that I could easily cut out some ears and wrap paper around his head. Awesome! And done. Easy is most of the time how I like to roll.
But….in Wal-Mart, inspiration hit! Oh…I love it when that happens.
For some odd reason that I assume has nothing to do with fashion, in the women’s hat section, they sell solid color caps. And guess what. They had a gray one!
I had a plan! And it was NOT Pinterest inspired.
(how I felt…)
I picked up a few other things that we needed because it seems we are ALWAYS out of or about to run out of something. This time; eggs, bread, and…. like $60 worth of other groceries. Seriously?! How does that happen and why do items add up so quickly!? UGH!!
I came home and worked on the costume a little bit before heading to bed around 10:00 PM. I. was. tired.
Apparently, so tired that I slept through my daughter calling my name during the night.
Daughter: (In a sad/needy voice) “Mommy, I yelled so loud for you last night and you never came. My throat hurts so bad.”
(how I felt then…)
And there’s the parenting loss – I have to balance it out, right?!
But let’s get back to the win, ok? It’s way more fun.
Yes, I know it’s not much, but you know what?! I. am. proud. I bought felt. AND I busted out the hot glue gun. AND those eyes…I did that free-hand. So take that!
And you know what else? I am going to pin the blog post on Pinterest so that I am help inspire other moms to be this awesome.
It’s really the least that I can do.
Now, if one of you Pinterest moms reads this and thinks of a way that I could have EASILY (note the word easy) made his ears stand out on their own, let me know! Oh, and you’re welcome for the idea.
But you know what? I am not even done because I have a Silhouette Cameo. And I even used that for kid number three. Because he can not be out done.
He refused to wear his sister’s white leggings, so instead he wore his pants and a pair of my socks pulled up to his knees. He was so happy…that silly kid. We just worked with what we had.
The boys were both happy. I was able to help my daughter feel better and get ready for school. My office floor looks like this…but WHATEVER. I’m feeling pretty good today.
I like getting crafty from time to time. I don’t know why, but it makes me feel like I’m winning just a little bit at this parenting thing.
I even put together a little video of their photos because I was feeling extra “go-getter-ish” today and because I just love Dr. Seuss. I got my kiddos to say a little quote in the video too, so it’s extra adorable.
I’ll leave you with my favorite Dr. Seuss quote. The man was truly a genius. What’s your favorite quote? Let me know in the comments.
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