This week, in celebration of mothers, I’ve selected a myriad of women of all different places, personalities, lifestyles, and motherhood and have asked them to share their perspective on being a mom.
Jen has always struck me as the “cool mom”. You know, the one whose house all the neighborhood kids want to play at; the one who plays on the jungle gym with her boys; the one who takes the kids out for ice cream after soccer practice… The one who loves her children unconditionally and finds humor despite the chaos, craziness, and work it takes to be a mother. Jen has blessed my life not only with that example, but creating memories for me through her amazing photography skills. At Christmastime, we take advantage of her Glimpse of Santa photoshoots. And just 6 months ago, she braved the strong winds and cold weather to capture my wedding day. She was a good sport! If time allowed, I’m sure she would have taken us out for ice cream afterwards.
How long have you been a mother?
How does your “motherhood” compare to how your mom raised you?
My own mother is an amazing example to me of a mom who always invited LOVE, KINDNESS, FUN and MUSIC into our home. It is something that I am really trying to do with my own kids now. It certainly is A LOT harder than she EVER made it look!! I can say we’ve got the “MUSIC and FUN” part down pretty good. We take the other two day by day;)
What is your most embarrassing moment being a mom?
One summer morning I was out in the front yard filling our little pool up for the boys when along came a couple of Jehovah’s Witnesses. They shared a sweet message with us and then asked if I would like a book/pamphlet about how I could better improve our family and be a better parent. I respectfully declined and told them I had a church I loved that taught similar things on family and parenting. As they left….still well within earshot, my then 5 year old son says to me “Hey Mom, who the HELL were those guys.” To which I promptly shouted to the Jehovah Witness Missionaries…….I’LL TAKE THAT PAMPHLET NOW!!”
If you had a “day off” – how would you spend it?
Sleeping, Shopping, Spa and Sushi!!
What is your staple that gets you through the day?
On a tough day A Sonic Route 44 Diet Cherry Diet Coke does the trick!
What would you TRULY want as a Mother’s Day gift?
A Beach Cruiser which must include a basket and a bell. Oh and it would probably have to have a baby bike seat on the bike if I actually want to ride it anywhere.
What has been the biggest shock in being a mom?
Pregnancy and Childbirth. All I heard was just the good stuff prior to my first son. How amazing it is, the miracle of it all, how much you’ll love that sweet little bundle etc… While all true they seemed to have all left out everything in between. Gesh! That did me ZERO favors. Of course totally worth it but still SHOCKING!!
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a mom?
Being a Rock Star in my own home. Usually when I walk through the door my “fans” come running and screaming! Sometimes out of happiness but mostly just running from a brother chasing them with a sword or light saber. My boys are also still young enough to think I know everything, sing the prettiest, tell the funniest jokes and cook the best! (My oldest might be catching on about the Top Ramen though.)