I’m writing this post on a Friday afternoon with 2 kids home sick, and a major snow storm predicted for Sunday into Monday. We may have a stomach bug lurking. Or an ear infection. Whatever the case, my Mom Essentials Kit will help me survive, nay, coast through the chaos of 5 kids home for 3 days straight.
The Mom Essentials Kit
Every mom has essential items for that the marathon journey known as motherhood. For some, it’s the little things like a hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning, or 15 minutes spent journaling or reading something inspirational like the Bible before everyone wakes up. For others, it’s the tools in their toolbox that ensure school papers are returned on time, doctors appointments aren’t missed, and no time is spent looking for a pair of shoes while the bus waits outside to take our kids to school.
I could sing odes to coffee, my wake-up beverage of choice. My husband knows his first job in the morning is turning on the coffee maker. He will bypass the bathroom to make sure that coffee machine is on and brewing. Just for me.
Once I have the first cup, we talk. The gates open. The angels sing.
Where was I before the iPhone? Even the LG Ally was not as beloved as my iPhone. It’s like having a PDA all over again, except it takes calls and text messages. I can take pictures. My to do list is on the phone. My to do list, the list by which I measure a day.
Not to mention, I can keep the kids entertained with games in the doctor’s office when we run out of items for a rousing game of I Spy.
Note to iPhone: the iPad mini may nudge you out of my affections. If only it took phone calls and voice messages.
My Google Calendar
Life would cease to exist if Google took away my calendar. Really. Google has no idea the control it has over my life if that calendar goes away. I would have to remember everyone’s birthday. I’d forget to pick someone up somewhere. I’d double booked doctor’s appointments.
My Google calendar is a thing of beauty with color-coded calendars. A few clicks and I can print out a schedule just for blogging, or just for birthdays and anniversaries. All the school calendar feeds are in my Google calendar. No more typing. I just grab the feed and voila!
Men have it good. They only need to carry a wallet. My purse is the purse of Life. I’ve got kleenexes, feminine products, lip gloss, a few pens, my wallet, cash envelopes, the iPad mini (my new mini me), a Sharpie, the iPhone, my reading glasses, my business cards, and room left over to carry toys, gum, snacks, and anything else we need.
The Patience of a Saint
Actually, I refer to it as the ability not to freak out, too much, when life happens. It’s hard won. Those saints living out in the desert eating locusts had it easy compared to the five thousand little paper cuts of daily life with a husband and 5 kids. Throw in being an introvert bothered by gum snapping, loud voices, and beeping timers. Yeah, I get a lot of practice being patient. I always laugh when I read about Rabbit in Winnie-the-Pooh because that description of Rabbit never waiting for something but always going to fetch it fits me to a T.