Amy Maxwell’s Top 10 List

Hi everyone. I’m Amy Maxwell and Heather has asked me to be a guest on her blog. As flattered as I was that she would turn her blog over to me, I have to admit I’m not quite sure what that entails. So I’ve been reading a few blogs on the internet. I got this newfangled phone that makes it easier while I’m waiting for the kids at pick up time…(not that I’m ignoring my toddler in the backseat or anything…I assure you we are singing along to specially selected kids’ music and I’m stimulating his brain receptors by asking questions about the song lyrics like all the articles say to do). The bloggers are usually praising their kids are writing about their top 10 favorite things about being a mom or the top 10 things all moms should say to their kid so I’ve been working very hard on my top 10 list. Here goes:

Top Ten favorite times of the day:

1. First thing in the morning when I’m the only one awake. I like to make a list of my goals for the day over a steaming hot cup of coffee. Sometimes I prep the dinner for the crock pot or tidy up what I’ve missed during my post bedtime clean-up the night before. (You know that stray sock sometimes falls out of the laundry basket!) I miss my children, but I know they’ll be springing to life shortly.

2. When my darling cherubs wake up. What better way to start my day than seeing my beautiful children smiling and bounding out of bed, eager to begin the day on a positive note.

3. Breakfast time. I am happy to make my sweet loves a homemade and nutritious breakfast they all enjoy and thank me for.

4. Dropping them off at school. Even though I’m sad to see them go, I know their education is the most important thing in the world. They also know this and they NEVER give me a problem about going to school.

5. Evan’s naptime. I miss my energetic little boy when he’s a sleep, but I love to watch his angelic face as he gets the rest he needs to grow.

6. Pick up time. I get to be reunited with my cherubs again!

7. Homework time. My children are all brilliant and at the head of their class so it’s never a hassle to get them to do their homework. They know doing their homework is pivotal to their educational process and look forward to it with relish.

8. Dinner time. Everyone loves to get together and share their day over a hot homemade meal that I’ve spent hours preparing. Everyone ALWAYS eats everything and NEVER picks apart the food or complains that they don’t like the meal. And after dinner, the kids all pitch in and help get the dishes done so it’s not all on me.

9. After dinner family time. We all sit on the couch and choose a movie together. Everyone gets to watch because homework and chores have long been accomplished. We wind down with prayers afterwards.

10. When my babies are fast asleep in their beds. They’re so sweet and…ASLEEP and QUIET. Who am I kidding??? The first 9 things on this list have pretty much been a lie.

Ughhhhh!!!! I don’t think I can do this! How do these blogging mothers manage to keep their sanity and savor every last moment with their children??? My house is not cleaned up at night (I barely have energy to crawl into bed), I don’t make dinner every night, I never have time to make breakfast inn the morning, and my children are not pleasant either time of day!

You know what I think? I think all those lists are lies and made up nonsense to make those moms look like mother of the year in front of their friends and family while they’re all silently counting down the moments to their kids’ bedtime when they can pour a glass of wine and pat themselves on the back for actually surviving the day and not losing their $hit on their kids. Because that’s what I do almost every day. I love them to pieces; don’t get me wrong. But I’d love a day where nobody fights me about putting on a jacket or eating the dinner that I made (or ordered), doesn’t throw a fit when I try to detangle their hair, or doesn’t cling onto the car seat for dear life when I try to extract them from the car at drop off. Just one day! Does that make me a bad mommy? Yeah? Well, then I guess I’m blogging in the right place.

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