February 26, 2018

Motherhood // Fun-hood

Organizing, prioritizing, and survival mode.

We've been switching between all three for the last couple of weeks. Sound familiar?

In general, planning and organizing are my strengths. I am happy that I have these skills, though nothing compares to reading one more story, staying an extra 10 minutes at the park, or making my husband belly laugh in the kitchen and be late to work. 

I didn't become a wife or mother to coordinate our household, clean sticky crud off of the counter tops, or wipe spilled milk off the floor for the 36th time (although all these things are part of parenthood), I became a mother to love them and to have fun. To love fiercely and whole heartedly even when they may not always deserve it because I, myself, don't deserve it at times either.

Still, the best part about my day, every day, is them. Whatever is happening in our lives— tantrums, mountains of laundry, work brought home, or soup thrown across our clean kitchen floors (ahem, Abby)—they are what I've dreamed of. What I've prayed for and thanked God for many times.

As mothers, we always continue to love anyway, don't we?

A friend of mine said to me, "It's important that when you’re doing your job, one that comes with extremely low pay, that you're having fun. If you’re not having fun, then why are you doing it? There are a ton of terrible low paying jobs out there."

Mic drop.

Her statement has stuck with me over the years and one, which got me thinking... If I'm going to work extremely hard for a low paying job, it's got to be worth it. It's got to have the word “fun” in it. This is also true for motherhood, especially for a stay-at-home mom who isn't getting a pay check (like me!). 

Most of this blog so far has been on motherhood tips and DIY, as those things are certainly my passion! I love being creative and I love people. I wouldn't have been a public-school teacher for so many years if these things didn't excite me. Although this blog post has been a long time coming the last couple of weeks, and one I hope helps get you thinking about why you yourself became a mother, especially for those tough days. 

Whether you're a stay-at-home mom (work within in the home), work part time or full time, what makes motherhood "fun" for you? What do you love about being a mom?

Below are a few things which make motherhood fun for me with my toddler. 

1) Reading my favorite childhood books to Abby
2) Pushing her on the swing set
3) Waiting for her at the bottom of the slide
4) Mommy and me coffee/milk dates
5) Mommy and me Friday cake pop dates
6) Cuddles/random hugs
7) Watching Abby play with other kids
8) Discover imagery play
9) Play dress-up/accessories 
10) Holding hands with Abby, then let all her little fingers wrap around my one
11) Finding what makes Abby laugh. 
12) Making Abby laugh.
13) Clothes shopping FOR my child. Instead of WITH. Enough said.  : )
14) Going for walks in the park.
15) Making the same food I loved as a kid—like pancakes, cupcakes, and soup for Abby.
16) Photographing Abby playing
17) Finding Abby's favorite song and then playing it and “dancing” together.

Hopefully this list helps inspires you to start thinking and writing down what makes motherhood fun for YOU. I'd love to hear your ideas and thoughts below!

Here's wishing you a peaceful, love filled, and non-throwing sippy cups memories for the week!

XO - Steph


  1. I absolutely love this! You two are so adorable! I can't wait until I get to explore more with Lauren when she starts to walk and talk. She'll be 7 months tomorrow! I love reading my favorite childhood books to Lauren. Even though she doesn't understand them yet. But it's still great memories for me :) thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Kayla! I'm so happy to hear this post sparked some ideas for you now and in the future. Happy 7 months fo Lauren! I started reading to Abby early on as well, believe me...she's listening! Abby goes back to a lot of the books and songs I read/sang to her. It's really amazing to see. They change so fast and so often as babies! It just get's better and better. I promise. : )