How did this childhood dream of being a mom turn into a dreaded home workout? I've been asking myself this so much recently and I've realized it's my own choice. I am simply forgetting to have fun. Chill out about the mess and just be silly. Ask God for strength and accept it. Take time out for myself and let the laundry go. It's a mindset that I have to work at daily (minute by minute at times!) and one that I can control.
A book that has helped me tremendously to put the silly back in my day is the Toddlers Busy Book. There are so many fun activities that I would never dream up. For instance, today I turned to a page with an activity called "Trampoline Fun". Basically it said to pull your child's crib mattress into the living room and let them use it as a trampoline. At first I was like, really? That doesn't seem like a good idea - they'll ruin the mattress. They'll learn how to jump right out of their crib and then I have a bigger problem. All of these excuses ran through my head. But then I thought, why not? So I jammed some music and pulled out two crib mattresses and we danced and jumped and did somersaults and wrestling matches. We all laughed and had such a great time and I didn't think one time about how much I was sweating.
For the Lord God is my strength and my song. He has become my salvation.