What Is Real Right Now

Recently, Ali Edwards did a post titled What Is Real Right Now. I really love how she documented the bits and pieces of her life - and kept it totally real. I think I want to add it as an occasional topic for me too. It would really be a great way of keeping things documented.

So, here's my first What Is Real Right Now post....

What is Real Right Now:  After church today, I put Fred down for a short "quiet time", and laid myself down on the couch for a super quick nap. Two and a half hours later I woke up. So much for a short nap! Fortunately, Fred still hasn't mastered opening his bedroom door (it's the pulling of the door that has him stumped), and he was fast asleep. I felt guilty, but got over it quick. When I texted my mom to tell her about it, she said... "Welcome to being fallible. I'm sure he survived." You know what, we all did!

What is Real Right Now: I have zero motivation or energy. It's so odd for me. Normally, if I was to rate my energy on a scale of 1-10, I'd say that I'm usually an 8 or even a 9. Lately, I feel like I'm on a 4, maybe even a 3. My house isn't getting tidy (I'm real, it's probably never ever going to be perfectly clean), and I am not feeling motivated or energized enough to even accomplish my normal tasks.  I don't feel motivated to do things that normally I lvoe to I've never felt this way before, even when my iron and vitamin levels were at their lowest. Have you ever been there?

What is Real Right Now: Fred is adorable. Not that I'm partial or anything!! I am SO glad that we were able to have him. Don't get me wrong, he challenges me on a daily basis (really... flat out challenges me....), but we work through it and end our days on high notes. He loves to "read" his books, paint pictures, and sing. Oh my... how my heart soars when he sings. Right now, his favorite songs are "I am a Child of God" and "Hakuna Matata!" (Believe it or not, we actually bought a VCR a few weeks back. I know... I hang my head in both shame and surprise! I have dozens of original Disney cartoons on VHS though, and we are definitely enjoying them!) He's a whopping 39" tall, which makes him just over a foot shorter than me. That is NOT fair. My two year old isn't supposed to be taller than me before he hits puberty, let alone kindergarten!

What is Real Right Now: Steve rocks. He works SO hard for us, and still manages to find time to play with Fred every day. I mean... fully interactive play. He is not a passive father and interacts with Fred in the funnest ways. They both put together a mean Duplo rocket... or car garage... or space shuttle... the list could go on and on. The cutest thing they've been doing lately, is right before we go to put Fred to bed for the night, Steve takes him out to our back yard and they lay on a blanket looking at the stars (and plane lights as they fly overhead). It really just tickles my heart to see their relationship and how incredible Steve is with our son.

What is Real Right Now:  We are at the tail end of renovating our half bathroom, on the downstairs level of the house. I will be SO excited when it's done. Not because the wall paper will be gone, but because it is SO hard to bust upstairs when I need to relieve myself when I've got a shadow in tow. I'm more afraid of him falling on the stairs, or getting into something he shouldn't when I'm taking care of business. So... we normally make the trek together - sometimes making it JUST in time.

 What is Real Right Now:  My fall garden is growing like crazy! Nothing has grown to a harvest stage yet, but if growth is any indicator, my fall garden will definitely be better than my summer one. Anyone else in the same boat?


Sheri C said...

I am so proud of you and the wonderful Mother that you are! No doubt it is from having a wonderful Mother yourself. You and Steve are raising the little man to be an outgoing, healthy, artistic and loving addition to society. Some woman will be very lucky to get you all in the family package in the very distant future. I love you!

terri d said...

Heather I think this has been my favorite blog moment you wrote! You touch my heart with your what's real words. How I wish we lived a bit closer to visit with a cup of tea or something. Even though I'm years older then you I always feel I learn so much from you~ God has blessed you my friend!

Jennifer Stewart said...

What a great entry, Heather. This would be a wonderful scrapbook page idea. Love it. :) Fred is precious! And I love the fact that Steve puts the blanket out at night to look at the stars with him. :)

Robin Thomas said...

I am happy to hear you took a nap. I read something that said you cannot expect to be happy in this life without naps.

Fred is a handsome boy. Also all of a sudden he does look like a liitle boy.

Enjoy this slower time. It'll end!

I love you dear friend.