This Is How We Do It: Dinner Time

I am always so excited when it comes time for a new This Is How We Do It link-up with my friend, Lori at the Boutelle Family Blog. Today we are talking about Dinner Time.

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Before I go any further, I need to tell you: Dinner Time for us does not look good. Seriously though. It is a mad race to get food on everyone’s plate before Baby Boy decides to throw all of his snacks appetizers and his cup at his siblings. (He actually has developed exceptional aim over his 20 months of life.) Everyone is usually talking, asking for a condiment (ketchup. No matter what we are eating. It.is.ALWAYS.ketchup.), more water, napkins (because we are always running out of napkins!)… Or they are complaining. Complaining that they don’t like chicken. They don’t like vegetables. They no longer like ketchup (because some days they are completely insane). And we go round and round in the craziness. By the time everyone gets their food, are reminded that I do not care if they like their food or not (because cooking one meal is more than enough for me, thank you very much), and the food throwing ceases – I get to sit down. We chat about our day, we talk about thankfulness, we are reminded about our Heavenly Father and the grace He gives. We act like normal people. It’s wonderful. Then my Man-Child gives the dinner a rating of thumbs up/down or some variation therein. If the suspense is killing you, it’s always a thumbs down. Some days I get excited when it’s only half way down. Seriously. The only foods that have gotten thumbs up (outside of the obvious desserts) are: Little Caesars & Barnaby’s Pizza, hot dogs, and I think something else but at the moment it is escaping me. But we have established, he is a food connoisseur of sorts.

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This is How We Do It: Grocery Shopping

HOW DO YOU DO IT ALL?

Have you ever been asked how you do it all? No matter what you do: work, work & home life, or as a stay at home parent; how do you do it? ALL of it. 

I know people mean this as a compliment. It’s said to those that seem to be handling juggling life pretty well. It’s said to those who must have finally figured out the perfect way of managing time to complete everything and make everyone happy.

I am going to ruin this for you – but I am not that person. I know, it’s kind of a shock. I am amazing. (I am also ever so slightly sarcastic.) But really, I am NOT that amazing. I most definitely do not do it all. And if I did, I really would not be doing it very well.

In fact, I am writing this as I sit on the couch, staring at piles of clean but unfolded laundry. Laundry that is now strewn around the family room floor because my 18 month old is slightly unhappy that I ignored his requests for endless snacks. But how I do laundry is for a different day.

So why am I telling you this? Why am I breaking down whatever “competent, do it all, stay at home mom” image I had?

I’m sharing my messy life, because I want you to know that I don’t know what I’m doing. Yes, I may have figured a few things out. But if having four kids has taught me anything, it has taught me that I have a lot to learn and that I need to constantly adapt and learn new ways to make life work. I am always re-evaluating what to prioritize each day. And really, when I should just scrap it all and go play outside. If I’m honest, that happens the most.

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THIS IS HOW WE DO IT: GROCERY SHOPPING 

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