I often wonder what some people think when they say things like "but you're just a homemaker, must be nice to stay at home and relax". HA!
While we do have the benefit of being in our home and surrounded by our things all day long, and if we're feeling unwell, we can lay down for a few minutes etc......homemaking is NOT exactly an easy job. Ask any housewife or stay at home mom, matter of fact the term Stay at Home Mom kind of irks me in a way, it makes what we do seem so miniscule. But that is a whole other post and a whole other can of worms.
I start my days at 5:30am and don't end them until 10pm.
I'm not sitting around doing nothing, matter of fact I always have something going on, something to do, something to clean, something to tidy up. There are days that I end up not doing everything that needs to be done because there just aren't enough hours in the day. And these are the summer days, when school time comes around add in school work on top of every other task.
But though my words above may give the impression that I'm complaining, I am really not. See, I grew up surrounded by wonderful women who always taught me about housework, who instilled in me a joy for being a homemaker, for wanting to take care of my family, for making cute things for the home, cooking and even appreciating cleaning because it's not just a chore....it's about providing for your family and since I don't have a job outside the home, this is MY job and by golly I will do it right and take pleasure in it.
So I had a busy homemaking day, just how I like it :)
Starting with breakfast which for me was just a yogurt this time
and while I ate breakfast and drank my coffee, I painted my nails a bright neon orange, just because :)
piles and piles of laundry were washed and hung out to dry, and removed and ironed and folded etc.
bread for dinner was set on the counter to rise
and boy was it good. There is nothing like homemade and if you're having burgers, take the time to make yourself some homemade buns, you won't regret it
while the laundry dried and the dishes washed in the dishwasher, I sat down for a few minutes to post some recipes on the food blog, like this one for Cream Cheese Pound Cake
and this one for Country Club Chicken, which you HAVE to try
after vacuuming and sweeping and while the kids ate lunch, I quickly traced some embroidery patterns onto some kitchen towels I am making
aren't they adorable? You can download the pattern from Alicia at Posie gets Cozy, right here.
while stepping outside to gather the laundry from the line, this cloud caught my attention, it looks like a kitty to me
dinner time rolled out pretty fast and before I knew it, I was back in the kitchen fixing burgers
these are fantastic, check out the Herb and Cheese Stuffed Burgers recipe on Full Bellies, Happy Kids :) And they go perfectly with those homemade buns :)
dinner dishes done, kitchen cleaned up and swept, showers taken and the day is coming to an end
another full day of homemaking, another day of smiles on my family's faces and another quick prayer thrown up thanking God for his blessings
but my day wasn't over, because there was still laundry to fold and put away, and that I did, sitting in my pj's, on my comfy bed, watching my show on TV.
I guess what I'm trying to convey is that homemaking chores don't need to be boring. You don't HAVE to sit there folding laundry staring at nothing. If you have a laptop, do what I do, find a cute movie or a show on Netflix or Hulu or whatever, and watch it while you iron, fold, put away laundry.
Turn on the radio to some music while you vacuum or sweep or mop....dance, sing, who cares if someone sees you.
Go outside to hang laundry, but take a moment to breathe in the fresh air, listen to the birds, look up at the sky and see the stunning clouds or the cars driving by.
Do the dishes, pray, think, ponder.
Everything you do, do it with pleasure, do it with a smile on your face and you'll notice that you will start enjoying it more.
Cleaning toilets? Be thankful you HAVE a toilet to clean.
Washing floors? Be thankful you HAVE a wooden floor and not dirt to step on.
Dusting all the knick knacks? Be thankful you HAVE so many cute things in your home.
Tripping over kid's toys? Be thankful you HAVE kids, be thankful you HAVE toys to trip over for far too soon there will be none.
Just be thankful...I think that's the key. :)
I leave you with a question. What kind of a homemaker are you? A Happy Homemaker? Or a rebellious frustrated homemaker who is still struggling with enjoying the daily chores?