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User Image mamawatters Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:10 PM (UTC)

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It's Friday and this teacher is ready for late morning weekend smuggles with her little family. The weekends are so much more wonderful when you crave them after a long and stressful week.

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User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 12, 2017 10:34 PM (UTC)

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4:35 in december ✨ light the candles ✨ light the fireplace✨light the lamps ✨ light the oven ✨turn our home into one big glow ✨
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 12, 2017 8:33 PM (UTC)

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when your baby sees their baby picture ❤️😍 one of my favorites of him - this was taken just yesterday, right? right?!
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 10, 2017 8:48 PM (UTC)

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i called my husband a short while ago because i was feeling down and he was like, “okay babe, go take a long, hot shower then go to the park or somewhere outside,” like he was answering a simple math equation. so that was my plan - yes, yes! i just needed a little encouragement! okay: shower. then park. then library. then maybe somewhere fun for supper! why is it so hard for me when he’s away for work? it’s like simple things get scrambled in my brain. while the bathroom was steaming up, i did my due diligence and locked as many doors as i could and set the boys up with some toys. stella went outside, and i gave myself two christmas songs. i turned that long, hot shower into a short, hot one, because i had that feeling - you know the one. i walked downstairs, my hair still dripping, to this - plus the boys covered in it head to toe with soot trailing through the house and on all of our furniture. this, in maybe five minutes. talk about a punch to. the. gut. i’m sure one day i’ll reminisce and chuckle, but today, today i need a hug and a beer about five extra pairs of hands. i know in the scheme of life this is nothing, but still. ugh. momming is so hard! so today, i need someone to say, it’s gonna be okay, and the park is still a good idea. and also, solidarity to mothers everywhere who walk out to destructive messes after five minute showers. now, where’s the damn broom?!
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 10, 2017 3:03 PM (UTC)

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he doesn’t play with toys, sit still long enough to get through a single book before requesting another, or sit still *ever* come to think of it, but he’ll happily scrub his dirty dishes, hammer in raised nails, pretend-fix anything with a screwdriver, fold a kitchen towel, and gather firewood log by log looking like a little old grumpy grandpa, grunts and all, and that my friends, is my alfie boy. 👴🏼🌲🛠🌟
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 8, 2017 6:56 PM (UTC)

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hiya! it’s always a little awkward for me to post a photo of me sans kids in it, but there’s something that’s been tugging at my heart, an issue i want to bring to light here, and something i feel called to speak up about. increasingly within this past month (but more realistically for years) i have seen many woman, and many mothers, come forward and share on here how other women, other mothers even, on the internet have shamed them, leaning on the justification that public sharing permits and excuses public shaming. i admit, there are times when i feel the best choice to make in the face of such harshness is to ignore and move disregard the hateful and judgmental comments because maybe doing the opposite gives their words power. and then there are other times, times like now, that i feel like exposing a light on this prevalent kind of shaming and divisiveness is exactly what needs to be done.
each of us wake up each morning, despite our circumstances, with the same choice: to choose kindness or not to. when we get on the internet, we also have that very same choice: to choose kindness, or not to. you can have an different outlook or opinion, or completely disagree with someone entirely, and still choose kindness. these two are not mutually exclusive.
now, i am not saying respectful forms criticism shouldn’t be welcome, nor am i against having healthy, civil discussions on here, but to just throw hate and hurt around because you feel like it? because you don’t understand someone? because you don’t know them personally? because you don’t think like them? NO. just no. also, if you troll my page, or others mother's pages and feel it’s your “right" to ridicule and shame those who share here because they do so publicly, it’s not. there is never an valid nor opportune time to hurt someone. shaming is never justified. it is always wrong, and it is always deliberately choosing the opposite of kindness, despite your intentions.
and if you happen to ever be on the receiving end of mom-shaming, or any kind of internet shaming from an anonymous source, i stand with you. love, me. 💛
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 7, 2017 11:49 PM (UTC)

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our sparkly tree holds so many memories 🌟🎄✨
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 7, 2017 4:15 PM (UTC)

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good morning! (pst..long post fyi) so i need your help with something. i have been gathering various tips for several posts i am writing on the subject of homemaking, specifically cleaning and tidying, and i thought you all could help offer some clever inspiration and ideas.
so here’s my Q: what are some good tips you use that make cleaning easier and/or more efficient in your home? people sometimes see my feed and assume we have a tidy home because we must never make messes or play or do real life here or whatever. not true! our life right now is one big revolving door of making messes and cleaning them up. we cook, we clean. we wear, we wash. we play, we bathe. we paint, we tidy. we sleep, we tuck. we read, we stack. etc. etc. that being said, a clean and tidy home makes me feel like i can breathe deeper and make calmer choices, so that’s a priority for me.
anyway, here are a few of my tips: (bathroom) i like to clean the the sink, toilet and floor when the kids are taking a bath because i need to be in there anyways, so why not scrub then? (kitchen) i like to fill one side of our sink with soapy water and i put the dirty dishes in there to soak throughout the day so supper clean up is easier. (bedroom) i make our bed every morning because it sets a productive tone for the day. (laundry) i do one load of colored clothes a day, usually in the mornings, and save whites and all our folding for a big load on mondays. it keeps our whites whiter, and keeps me from having laundry pile up. folding is faster if i do it in one sitting rather than lots of little chunks. (floors) i sweep daily because our floors are always a mess, but i only mop every other week and when i do it’s when the kids are napping or out of the house with dad. (windows) i use microfiber cloths and rarely need to buy window cleaner!
those are some ideas for ya if you are in a bit of a rut and need a bit of help in one or more of those areas - also, i have had many requests to make my “weekly cleaning rhythm” PDF customizable, so you will be able to get that this week! and many thanks for sharing and reading if you’ve gotten this far! link to this printable 👆🏼xx 🌟
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 5, 2017 1:38 PM (UTC)

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“...till he appeared and the soul felt its worth. the thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn...” 🎶🌟🙏🏼
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 4, 2017 9:02 PM (UTC)

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two things that make me really happy: a clean kitchen and a steamy pot pie baked well before supper time! i absolutely love getting our meal made early if i’m able so we can all head outside during those crazy house before dad gets home. i made this one with leftover turkey we smoked on thanksgiving - cannot wait to dig in! 🥧😋💫
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 4, 2017 4:58 PM (UTC)

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what do cinnamon salt dough ornaments and motherhood tribes have to do with one another? i wrote a bit this morning about making these with a friend, and the importance of physically showing up and doing life with other mothers in the same season of raising little ones - in finding a life-giving tribe of one mom or many - who you can do life with. many of us are replacing physical relationships with virtual ones, and are suffering because of it. we need the raw and real presence of others in our lives in the same capacity we need food, water and rest. one reason i feel like so many moms feel isolated today is because we have forgotten how to show up, because it’s easier in our over-scheduled and distracted lives to peer into a screen, and tap heart, and write a hello. i’d love to know your thoughts on my journal - more about this and the recipe for these darlings in link up there. 🌟❄️🌲💛
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 3, 2017 11:57 PM (UTC)

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there’s merriment in the loft this year! what’s your vote: colorful or white lights? big rainbow bulbs are my favorite, but classic white are just ahhh ✨🎄
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 3, 2017 3:06 PM (UTC)

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3/5 members of the “late to church club” 👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 3, 2017 1:09 AM (UTC)

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merry, merry! 🎄👨🏻👧🏻👦🏻👦🏻🎄
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 2, 2017 9:41 PM (UTC)

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upstairs closets are (mostly) cleaned, sorted, tidied, and sparking! weekend organizing is way more fun with a little glass of wine & a lot of christmas music! 🎶🌲🎻🥂👋🏼✨
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 1, 2017 2:25 PM (UTC)

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day 1 of advent act of service 🕊 = send 🐌💌 goodies to friends | extras: listen to sufjan holiday album on repeat 📻 make more mini beeswax tree ornaments 🐝🌲 keep warm by the 🔥 #rejoicerejoicerejoice #beHishandsandHisfeet
User Image mamawatters Posted: Nov 30, 2017 8:12 PM (UTC)

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in case you were wondering what nap time looks like over here, which is usually the hours between 1 and 3, it’s nothing close to the calm vibes this photo exudes. well, sometimes it does when the dice land accordingly, but nap time is seriously one big crap shoot. it’s like that big wheel in old-time game shows, “...what’s she gonna win todaaay, bob?!?” i love sleepy baby/kid photos, they make me smile darn near every time. but what captions sometimes don’t tell you is the struggle of getting there. of the process. it’s usually messy and teary and gritty and hard. it’s not easy being the order and voice of reason to small, exhausted humans who would rather just stay up 24/7. i had to read five stories (each) and fake-sleep with both boys (in separate beds, in different rooms, mind you) in order to get them settled down for naps. i may have bribed a couple of times too, i don’t remember. that might sound like nothing, but some days it feels like a lot, or more than it should, and it always takes a crazy amount of mental energy. i guess what i want to say is if you feel like you’re doing it wrong YOU’RE NOT. i think a lot of motherhood is like that big wheel; you do your best, and let the cards fall where they may. this stay at home stuff is a wonderful privilege and very fulfilling for some, me included, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come without struggle and the need for more patience than you were probably born with. i like a calm picture, but i love an honest story. let’s keeping sharing more of those, k? 💛👦🏻💤👦🏻💆🏻‍♀️ #stayhomeclub
User Image mamawatters Posted: Nov 30, 2017 3:46 PM (UTC)

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this past week i mentioned how @audible_com has changed road trippin’ with our kids by giving us a practical and stimulating option outside of screens, and so many of you gave many fantastic kid-friendly audiobooks to check out - we thank you! but what about when they nap? i get carsick when i read anything in the car, which is a major bummer because A. i love reading and B. what else is there to do in the car for hours upon hours? answer: audiobooks! i started ‘braving the wilderness’ by brené brown recently while making supper and knew right away it would be a great one to listen to with andrew in the car when the kids snooze. a few other things we’ll be taking along in the car when we drive to see family this season: snacks, a cozy blanket or two, picture books, a ball of yarn for finger knitting, and extra sweaters because winter is coming. what are some of your family’s road trip essentials? #AudiblePartner #RideWithAudible #Audible 🎧📖🚎💫🌲
User Image mamawatters Posted: Nov 30, 2017 2:16 AM (UTC)

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well. our sitter had to cancel for date night last minute. so we changed plans and went out to get our tree!! in a lot across the street, but still, a tree! she’s a fraser fir we’ve named “phyllis”. phyllis the fraser fir. so we got home to decorate phyllis and not one of our light strands worked. #momfail i didn’t think to check them beforehand. the kids were hell-bent on making tonight christmas tree night, but without lights what’s the point? so i ran to target. in my pj’s. nuthin’. then to cvs. nuthin’. then to the local hardware store. still nothin’. so i drove home and we were all so tired and hungry that the only thing we could muster was jimmy john’s delivery and a movie next to the naked fir in our living room. but life’s what you make it. and these moments are the memories, too. so we lit lots of candles, tucked our babies into bed, and did the best with what we had, which was a bottle of old bubbly from maybe last year’s new year’s eve? i want to teach our children so much, but nearing the top of that list is is how to make lemonade out of sour lemons. so here we are, in our jammies with a warm fire - date night 2.0 - cheers! 🥂💫💏🕯💛
User Image mamawatters Posted: Nov 28, 2017 6:15 PM (UTC)

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one simple act of service, for each day of advent 💜💗 there’s a tutorial for a paper bell advent calendar you can make this afternoon on homesong today with things you probably already have laying around the house, plus a generous but manageable list of small ways you and your little ones can send love and light to others before christmas 🕊🔔🌲 #adventcalendar #homesonghandmade #givingtuesday
User Image mamawatters Posted: Nov 28, 2017 2:22 PM (UTC)

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early morning light in this old house, moving light that gives me hope because it’s new and rising - dappled, rippling, dancing on those panes of thin, imperfect glass - a rather simple thing, yet also, a bold reminder that today is untouched and waiting for me - glowing, and full of beauty - “instructions for living a life: pay attention. be astonished. tell about it.” - m.o. ✨💛🌞🌟