How I view…Motherhood | Cold Spring MN photographer

What is motherhood to me?

Where’s my glasses?  What’s for supper?  Cold hockey arenas. Lots of time in a car.  I need $20.  I need $5.  Can I have people over?  I have to be home by WHAT time?  Windy baseball games.  Thousands of dollars on sports.  How did this dent get in my car?  Why is there beer cans outside?  Why is there a broken bottle of vodka in here?  You had a party while I was gone?  Messy rooms.  Don’t talk to me that way.  Eyes rolling.  Oh my God!!.  Please put your phone away, we’re eating supper.  Stairs full of crap.  Living room with dishes in it.  Where’s my tennis shoes.  And, oh yeah, have you found my glasses yet?

Its also, you are the best mom.  Ever.

I get this from my kids alot.

I am a stay at home mom.  I pretty much always have been.  We bought our farm 6 years ago, so I have that to run, but its pretty much on my own time.  I have substitute taught, but I rarely do that anymore.  I have always been available for my 3 kids, and that’s been going on now for 17 1/2 years.  If they forget something for school, I usually bring it to them with the threat that “this is the last time”, but they know.  I’m not a great cook, or even consistent when it comes to supper.  Some nights I may choose not to cook, so cereal it is.  I make my kids do their own laundry.  All of them.  And they have been doing this for years.  Even my 11 year old has been doing his own for 3 or 4 years.  I just hate laundry enough that if they want clean clothes, they know where the laundry room is.

But my kids do say I’m the best mom ever despite all my flaws in motherhood.  I don’t know why.  And I’m certainly not the best mom ever.  I know this.  They know this.  But, I think all kids love their parents despite their downfalls so much and they look up to them no matter how many times they are yelled at to pick their crap up off the stairs.  We are all they know for parents.  We are their days in and days out.  We put up with their crap and they put up with ours.  How can they not think we are the best parents ever?

One thing that I do for my kids, that truly wins them over?  I make breakfast for them every day.  Every. Day.

It could be oatmeal, pancakes, french toast, eggs and sausage.  What ever it is, they know I’ve cooked it with love.  And they fill their tummies with my love, give me hugs as they leave for the day, tell me they love me.

And that I’m the best mom ever.

Please follow along the blog circle to see how my friends from around the world view motherhood.  Brennan is next in line.

Happy Mothers Day to all the women who take on this sometimes not so glamerous but always rewarding job.



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  • Motherhood. {Charlotte Family Photography} » Sunshower Lifestyle Photography | Charlotte Family Photographer - […] one that has an opinion on motherhood today!  Take a look at my friend Heidi’s blog over at Maehill Studios to see what she has to […]ReplyCancel

  • SarahL - Great opening paragraph! In my house it would go “go get dressed. Are you dressed yet? How’s the getting dressed coming along? Seriously? You’re not dressed? What do you mean you don’t have clean underwear??….” Maybe mine needs to do his own laundry too! 😉ReplyCancel

  • carol - They do their own laundry? I’m taking notes on that! 🙂 And you’re making me hungry! Love your post. You made me laugh!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Oh wow. Now I’m hungry for some eggs and sausage! I don’t cook and I can’t WAIT for my kids to learn to do laundry and dishes. So I’m pretty sure they will never think I’m the best mom ever!!!ReplyCancel

  • Erika - I think that is awesome that you have your kids do their own laundry! It teaches them responsibility. And you make breakfast every morning? You are the best mom ever! BTW your photos of breakfast are so pretty! You rock at lifestyle photography! Love your style!ReplyCancel

  • kimberly walla - Love this! I can not wait until my kids can do their own laundry. I am right there with you; I have it. Oh man and I wish you would cook me breakfast everyday, looks delish! Your photos go right along with your post just perfectly. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Karthika Gupta - Heidi – I love the first para…I am going to try the breakfast every morning thing so I can get “you are the best mom ever” comment from kiddos. That must be the best way to start the day 🙂 – and the last image is totally making me hungry now!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth - LOL I just read Brigette’s and Camille’s comments… we are all in agreement. Mom of the Year.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth - You ARE the best mom ever! We eat granola bars in the car. Sigh… I’m cooking them breakfast for dinner tonight now. I can at least pull that off! Loved your commentary!ReplyCancel

  • Angie - Wow! You are the best mom ever! I can’t wait until my son (and husband) learn to do laundry.ReplyCancel

  • Marlo Yoshimoto - I think we’ll all be heading over there for breakfast! LOL I love that image of your munchkin just peeking over the counter. Must be an everyday perspective of yours! So sweet. And I definitely love your perspective of motherhood with flaws – and how YOU deal with those – make them do laundry! Brilliant!ReplyCancel

  • Emily Morgalis - So real…I just love it! Your family is lucky to have you.ReplyCancel

  • Brigette - You *are* the best mom ever! My kids are lucky to get cereal for breakfast. 😉 I am so not a morning person. Your intro paragraph cracks me up. It’s so how it goes, right?! Love your photos too- that little one peeking over the counter is adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Cam - You are the best mom! Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! I would love to have breakfast at your house. The eggs and sausages look really good.ReplyCancel

  • Nadeen - I can feel the love and good for you teaching them to do their own laundry early!ReplyCancel

  • Julie M - Heidi you are giving me a vivid picture of what lies ahead! I am going to copy you and get my boys to do their own laundry. Also I haven’t eaten breakfast and you are making me crave for your eggs, sausage and toast. You get such beautiful light in your kitchen! I love the photo of your son peeking above the counter.ReplyCancel

  • stefanie - i loved your opening paragraph 🙂 and the fact that your kids do their own laundry?! genius! i’m taking notes.ReplyCancel