My brain feels like mush.
Okay, not mush exactly, but like it just… doesn’t… work. It turns on, but immediately goes to the blue screen of death. Nothing. Reboot all you want, sucker. It still isn’t gonna turn on.
And it’s not just because it’s summer vacation.
I think it’s just part of being a mom to three small boys – three small boys that I work hard to exhaust every day so that bedtime goes smoother.
Three small boys who love being outside and doing – and want mom right in the thick of it.
I try to think of new games and activities to do – but my brain won’t turn on. And opening Pinterest scares me too much. I’m afraid of getting sucked back down the rabbit hole of beautiful DIY projects that I’ll add to my ever-expanding to-do list… and all I want to do is get some of those projects done!
But the projects keep getting put on hold to play tag, to take the kids to the zoo, or to go to the park. Because running around and climbing is good. Being outside and enjoying the sunshine is part of what makes being a kid so much fun. Even if your mom is a ginger who’s desperately trying to lather sunscreen on you (and herself).
Sewing a new pillowcase (or even patching the jeans Prime just wore holes into the knees of)… it’s just not going to happen this week. Or next. Okay, maybe I should patch his jeans. But that takes brain power.
So when a friend texts (because friends know how much easier it is to text – the kids don’t all scream at you when you’re texting. Or if they are, it doesn’t matter because your friend doesn’t have to hear it and you don’t have to yell over it to be heard. Or apologize for the profuse yelling from both you and your kids as you make a hasty phone hang-up) and suggests an activity, I briefly think: “What a great idea! Why didn’t I think of taking the kids to the [suggested activity]?”
But my brain doesn’t work, remember?
That’s why I didn’t think about the library reading time, the …. yeah. I got nothing.
Let’s be honest. We’ll be playing in the backyard today. Right after I bathe in some more sunscreen.