All you need is love... and a little schooling

I start my CNA
classes tonight so I
set out to make this
a perfect, memorable
day with the girls.
You know, the kind
you see represented
in those picture
perfect mommy blogs.
Not so much.
We never got to
make Christmas cookies
over the break so I got
out the sugar cookie
dough and we cut out
hearts and stars.
Only I put them
too close together
on the cookie sheet
so they turned into
one big blob.
Then we were
coloring pictures to
include in our
Christmas thank you
cards but that
didn't last long.
Lexi was breaking
the crayons and putting
them in her mouth
and Lila was too
concerned about what
Lexi was doing to
stay interested
in coloring.
I ran to the
bathroom and
I swear I wasn't
gone more than 3 minutes
but when I came back
the damage looked
like I had been gone
for a lot longer.
The crayons were
all over the floor,
Lila's drink was making
puddles in between
the crayons,
the thank you cards
were all crumpled
the tablecloth had
been pulled until my
computer was teetering
on the edge of the
table and Lexi was
holding my camera.
Oh boy.
We cleaned
everything up
and played babies.
The girls had
a great day.
They don't care
about perfectly
decorated cookies
or pretty pictures.
They're not
comparing me with
other moms
who accomplish picture-perfect
crafts and have pictures
taken from just the
right angle.
To be honest,
I care about those things.
I want those things.
I want
Pinterest pinnable
And pictures
taken from
just the right angle.
I care.
They don't.
They care
about love.
Just love.
They care about
time spent
with them.
Feeding babies
and tea parties.
Dress up hats
and princess dresses.
The good stuff.
And now I'm off
to Target for
a new notebook,
some highlighters
and some new pens.

Back to school.


  1. Beautiful. How often I have tried to do those things. It never goes the way I expect it to! And you are correct, they care more about me being available to give them a cuddle at night Where are you doing your CNA training?

  2. I love this theme of LOVE; what a beautiful reminder about what is really important in life!!!!!!!!

  3. I love this blog post, Linda. It sounds like my day. I have stuck in my head Pinterest-worthy crafts and cookies and yet, I get unbaked cookies because Bear ate all the dough (she just wanted to play with the flour and throw the cookie cutters). The crayons are eaten and her teeth have became a rainbow of blue, red, and green. The bathroom. . . don't you know you cannot use the bathroom?!?!?! Love. That is what it is. Your girls will remember that you colored with them and baked with them. They will remember the love. Not the burnt blobs or the mess. Good luck with your CNA classes. I know that you will rock them!

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