Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Thoughts for Tuesday

Well hello there! :)

Many of the blogs I read have catchy-themes, like Brittany's Menu Plan Monday or Five on Friday over at Carolina Charm. So I decided to do something similar. I don't know if I'll do something for every day of the week, but I figured I'd start with Thoughts for Tuesday. I would really LOVE to do one on meal-planning for the week, but this working mama has no clue what's for dinner most nights until after our little sweet pea is sound asleep in her crib our bed. Shush. I know. But babies don't keep, so if she wants to snuggle with mama and dada, then snuggle away my little love.  

So, Thoughts for Tuesday? What does this mean? Well, I was thinking it'd be a good way for me to express a few things that are on my mind - whether it's work related, family related, or just some random thought running through my head. 

Thought #1:
I'm overwhelmed. It's the truth. Between being a mama, a wife, and a teacher, I often feel like I'm just not giving my all to everyone or everything. Right now, my all goes to my little baby girl. She needs mama. But you know what? My husband needs his wife - he needs to come home from work and have dinner on the table. He needs to come home to me expressing my gratitude for how hard he's works for our family. He needs to know that he is an amazing father to our little Elizabeth. He needs to know how much I love him and how blessed I am to have him in my life.

My students also deserve more than what I'm giving them. Sure, I'm there everyday to work with them in small group on preparing them to become more proficient readers. But I need to take a step back and think of who I would want teaching Elizabeth.  Would I want a teacher who is waiting for the hours to pass so she can run home to her baby? Would I want a teacher who doesn't keep current with trainings because she wants to spend time at home on the weekend with her family? Yes, I know her future teachers will have lives outside of school, but I need to focus in on those students when I'm at work from 7:30-3:30. My lunchtime can be spent posting pictures of JB on Instagram - but for the other 7.5 hours I'm at work, I need to remain focused, especially this time of year.

It's all about balance and it's something that I really am struggling with. I do have a life that is full of love and joy and it's up to me to keep it that way - which includes my life at home and at work!

Thought #2:
Blogging. I am never going to be able to do this blog unless I stick with a schedule for posting. Face it, once I'm home with Elizabeth, my laptop is off and I'm fully focused on her. As much as I would love to be a stay-at-home-mom who has the ability to blog in-between napping, feeding, laundry, cleaning, and being a housewife, blogging has to come once the little peanut (and my husband) are in bed. So my schedule for now is blogging once the house is quiet and I'm able to stop, reflect on the day, and concentrate on getting my ideas out there for all of you to read. Maybe one day I'll be one of those mama's who can blog before work. Until then, I need every second of sleep I can get!

Thought #3:
Valentine's Day. Blech. Yes, I love, love, love all the decorations, candy, and yummy treats. But in the 7 years I've known my husband, we've never once given each other Valentine's Day presents. Before the days of our pretty little kitty, he would buy me flowers all the time (now Mia just tries to eat any flower that it brought home). Random occasions - occasions where flowers were not expected, but were given to me "just because". I guess you could say I feel like Valentine's Day is a made-up Hallmark holiday - in the sense of giving gifts and flowers. What do I want for Valentine's Day? A good morning kiss from my husband, to do a cute Baby's First Valentine's Day craft, and maybe light some candles once JB goes to bed so my husband and I can enjoy a homemade whatever-we-have-the-energy-to-make-dinner. It's the simple things people! 

So those are my thoughts for Tuesday!

Until Tomorrow,

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