Since my "people" are still very little, we hardly ever go out. We go to church, the grocery store, doctor appointments, to see grandparents, and thats its. It's hard enough just going to run the basic errands with these three minions, I can't imagine electively choosing to wear myself out by going to a shopping mall and wrestling toddlers in a stroller. It just sounds torturous.
I could complain about not going anywhere, but I'm not going to because I'm an introvert. This is my dream. My favorite thing is to stay home and do laundry. Crowds aren't my favorite, getting ready takes too long, and I despise having conversations with strangers.
So, really, home is the only place I really want to be.
Because we stay home so much, I have to be creative to keep my little people distracted and happy, or everyone becomes stir crazy. And we all know that cooped up toddlers is never a good thing. I do my best to not let them watch too much tv, but sometimes momma needs a break, and Elmo usually saves the day. Go ahead and judge me. To make it more eventful than it really is, I make a "bed" in the floor. They think it's the best day ever and I can sit down and catch a breather. Sounds like a win win situation to me.
One thing that I'm still trying to learn is that it's okay to have a mess. Really. It is. This is our home and it's where we live, so naturally, its going to have that "lived in" look. But in my head, I want it to be museum ready with every pillow fluffed and every candle lit.
Nope. Not around here.
Just look at that mess.
This is another way I keep them distracted. I let them make a huge mess, they have fun making it, then they spend the next 30 minutes cleaning it up. They can use their creativity and it also teaches them the basic life skills of picking up after themselves. Their future spouses will thank me.
On occasion, we have dance parties. No, my son doesn't make it habit of putting on skirts. On this particular day, his sister wanted him to wear one to match her. I thought it would make for great blackmail pictures one day. Ha!
My little minions just love music. I'm hoping that at least one of them will be musically talented!
While my little people are busy keeping themselves occupied, Momma has a little fun. I recently taught myself how to sew. I'm not a professional, and there are lots of buttons on the machine that I have no idea what they do, but I have made some neat creations so far. My ultimate goal is to make slip covers for my couches in the living room.
I just painted my fireplace recently, and I could not be any happier. Seriously, best thing I've done to this house. The red was cute, but it just wasn't me. Red isn't my favorite color scheme, but for some reason the decor in my house ends up red. So it was way past time to change something. I used an oil-based primer, one coat, and I used some left over "Antique White," one coat. Ta-da. Wham-bam-thank you ma'am.
Although the Redman clan hardly ever venture out in to the public, we have a pretty good life here at our home. We live, love, and laugh. Being a homemaker is one of my favorite jobs, aside from being a momma. There's nothing more thrilling than relaxing in a place that you've made your own. And a good smelling candle helps with that process!
"Delight thyself also in the Lord, and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart." Psalm 37:4