December 22 – My Mommy Bucket List 2019
“The journey not the arrival matters.” -T.S. Eliot
“Embrace the detours.” -Kevin Charbonneau
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” -Susan Sontag
“Even now I cannot understand the measure of a life, but I can tell you this. I know that when he died, his eyes were closed and his heart was open. And I’m pretty sure he was happy with his final resting place because he was buried on the mountain. And that was against the law.” -Carter Chambers, The Bucket List
Merriam-Webster defines bucket list as, “a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying.”
I am going to give it to you straight. That is as far as I got on this post before I had two of the longest “mom days” ever. Well, I have had worse, but the last few days have been long. So I decided to do something a little different with my bucket list. Buckle up! Here we go!
My Mommy Bucket List
- To be able to walk across my floor without stepping on anything other than carpet or tile! I mean, nothing sticky, nothing squishy, nothing wet, nothing sharp, no stickers, no Legos…just carpet or tile. Oh! And no grapes or bananas!
- A whine-free activity with my family. No complaining. We just have fun together as a family. Everyone is happy! 🙂
- A regular date night with my husband! Maybe once or twice a month.
- To be able to sleep in every other weekend! I’ll be honest with you, at this point, I would take sleeping past 7:00 as a win.
- To have my house professional cleaned ONCE a month, including ceiling fans and laundry. I would literally take a picture of my empty laundry basket. 🙂
- To have a mani/pedi. Sadly, it has been awhile.
- An uninterrupted bubble bath. No screaming. No yelling. No banging on the door. No little fingers wiggling under the door. No kiddie toys in my bathtub.
- To spend one night, in a hotel, ALONE. I could read, sleep, watch tv, anything I wanted to do. <3
- Go to the bathroom alone. No screaming. No yelling. No banging on the door. No little fingers wiggling under the door.
- To have a peaceful nap. I can’t remember the last time I had a nap.
- To do yoga, alone, without my toddler thinking it is “crawl on top of mommy” time or let’s roll under mama while she is doing the downward dog. 🙂
- Reading time, daily!
- To be able to eat a cookie without having to share. Bahahaha!
- To be able to finish a full cup of coffee without reheating it at least 10 times, and then eventually forgetting it in the microwave.
- To be able to eat a meal without having to get up a trillion times.
- Buy me a new wardrobe.
- A day without any electronics and no complaining about having no electronics.
- Spa day twice a year.
- A thorough cleaning of my truck, inside and outside.
- A day off from all household chores.
- TV time, uninterrupted, whatever I want to watch.
- Netflix and Hulu time! No children accounts. 🙂
- One day of not fighting. No screaming. Just everyone getting along. <3
- To be able to take away my mom guilt.
- To be able to not feel bad for actually wanting the things on this list. To realize that wanting these things doesn’t make me a bad mama.
Here is the thing, even as I sit here and write this, feeling exhausted and guilty for it being one of those days that I was counting down the minutes until bedtime, I realize that I am blessed beyond measure. Being a mom is the hardest job I have ever done, but I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. I know that one day, I am going to miss the screaming, yelling, sticky, wet spots on my floor because when all that is gone it will mean my kids are grown and out of the house living their own lives. It will mean that I have completed my job. Then I will have all the time in the world to sleep in, watch TV, get mani/pedis, and take days off. Take it one day at a time. One day you will miss this, every crazy, loud, dirty, cold cup of coffee moment of it. <3
“For unto us a child is born, unto us, a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” -Isaiah 9:6