Summer Highlights of a Mom in GIFs

In the last couple months we mamas have been reacting to this Huff Post article Why I Regret Being a Stay-At-Home Mom, then this follow-up article about the women of the Opt-Out generation. And we kept adding fuel to the fire with responses like Quitting Your Job to Be a Full-Time Mom is Probably a Bad Idea and my particular fav Refusing to Opt-Out or Lean In. After the brand new experience of being at “home” with the kids and fitting in work at home during odd hours for the last few months, I found those articles full of valid points that hit home. I typed up my perspective in a long, drawn out bulleted list. And deleted it. Instead, I have blatantly copied  taken a page out of Neon Fresh’s hilarious, snort-inducing How I Feel series to bring you: My Summer Highlights While at Home with the Kids…and in a New State (presented in GIFs).

So here we go. Picture me………..

 

Pulling out of the driveway on a rare adults-only night out…

 babysitter

 

Walking into the bathroom and finding that I have finally succeeded in training another human being to change the toilet paper roll…

changing-the-toilet-paper

 

Cruising with the kiddos in ma badass Highlander on our way to Ikea to score some deals on lack shelves…

driving-while-singing

 

When one of the other English-speaking moms at the playground starts chatting me up…

starting-up-a-conversation-with-a-neighbor 

 

Feeling all Suzy Homemaker, gettin’ my dinner thing on when Shawn gets home from work… 

when-i-cook-dinner

 

Leaving the Maryland DMV for fourth and final time with my car registration in hand…

leaving-the-dmv

 

Assembling the new bed frames, coffee table, bike trailer, dining table, night stands, accent chairs, etc. with my pink screw driver…

mic-drop

  

Finding the two-year-old standing on the counter pillaging snacks from the cabinet and I start getting mad about it but then realize he is on his way to being independent…

feeding-themselves 

 

Facebook-stalking potential new babysitters to find they have tasteful profile pictures and are smart enough to lock their profiles down from strangers like me…

new-babysitters

 

Filling out our address, phone numbers, emergency contacts, employers, etc. three times on all the new yet still insanely repetitive daycare/school/dentist/doctor forms…

filing-out-paper-work

 

And then checking the tracking on a package of something I ordered online to find it is being shipped to my “default” old address in Iowa. And realizing it’s the second time I’ve done it…

wine-stealing

 

Paying the parking meter, crossing a busy street, and shopping for then purchasing furniture paint all while holding a sleeping toddler…

brush-it-off

 

Having an adult conversation about Obama after our first family trip to the White House…

debate

 

Debating on whether I even need to make dinner after finding 6-year-old Lindsay in the kitchen, stripped down to her underwear eating ice cream straight out of the carton…

nake-binz-eating-ice-cream

 

When Shawn’s flight home is about to land signifying the end of a single-parenting marathon…

shawns-home

 

Finding that there are no Super Targets anywhere nearby…

crying

 

Coming back into the living room after, well, any time I’ve attempted to do something mildly productive…

laundry

 

Seeing all four floors that I picked up yesterday covered in new things and deciding to join in rather than fight it….

 clean-up

 

When both kiddos are passed out after the tooth-brushing-book-reading-i-need-to-pee-i-need-water-im-scared-im-not-tired routine and we look at the clock to see it’s only 8:30PM  and we realize might have time to watch that hot new National Geography documentary on Netflix…

kids-in-bed

 

Knowing that both kiddos start school next week and I will be able to occasionally run to the grocery store and pee alone again!

back-to-school 

 

 And there you have it. My summer summarized.