All it Takes is Pumpkin Muffins

I want to see a show of hands, ladies: How many of you feel like you wake up, run a marathon, and collapse into bed????  How many of you don’t like that?  How many of you wish you had a little more control over your day? Who knows how to do that???

You might think I’m joking, but I’m serious about those questions and I really want to see your hands.  Not everyday, but a lot of days, I feel like that…a marathon runner.  I wake up and there’s kids up shortly after.  I have a list telling me my chores, but I hardly ever get them all done and really that is fine…I understand this is not the time in my life to be accomplishing large goals, but still.  I feel like ohmylord I have four kids now. FOUR! And each of them has unique and constant needs and I am with them, taking care of those needs every. single. hour of the day.  That’s a lot of responsibility, folks.  And it doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for things like: brushing my teeth, reading, working out, patience.

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Back to yesterday. I got up early and so did Vera.  So we took some time before the big kids got up to make pumpkin muffins.  They were really good and now Vera knows how to bake, so I feel like it was a total win-win. 

The rest of my day kinda stunk.  There was a lot of arguing and bickering and that makes me so crabby! In the back of my mind though, I kept thinking to myself: at least there were pumpkin muffins for breakfast. Like it was a little bit better because we had a warm, cozy breakfast.  Maybe I was crabby and maybe I yelled and maybe I ended up in a sweat from running in circles all day, but damnit there were pumpkin muffins.  And when we tucked in the kids last night and asked them what they were thankful for today, you can bet one of them said pumpkin muffins.

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You can thank me later ๐Ÿ˜‰


  1. Hand up… both.

    I did that same thing today. "At least we got out and played in the snow."
    Nevermind the kids in and all out wrestling match that ended with teeth marks and big crocodile tears. Or the call that daddy is going to be late – real late.
    At least we played in the snow.

  2. Good morning, Sweetie! I haven't visited you in a long time, and i wanted to tell you that I think you are such an amazing mother and blogger! These muffins look so good! ๐Ÿ˜€ YUM! Your fall crafts are so neat, and I can't believe your baby is already 7 months old!

    Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!


  3. Yes. Yes to it ALL!

    By the time dinner is done I am ready to hit the hay- but that's when the house is quiet so I end up staying up WAY too late enjoying the quiet.

    So thankful to have a friend like you who just gets it.

    And I am TOTALLY going to be a fun mom and make pumpkin muffins tomorrow. I have never put chocolate chips in them- extra cool mommy points!

  4. I'm reading this literally as I collapse into bed. You described my day perfectly. Second my feet hit the ground it's a full on sprint. Worn out. Wishin' I had those muffins ๐Ÿ˜‰ Btw B got new tires put on our car today for the trip. Getting super excited to see you and our little fam.

  5. Oh my gosh YES… and worse when I was homeschooling. Now that they are both in school full time I can separate them bickering for a few hours but it starts right up when they return. I need to make more muffins. And they look so cute with the towel. Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Oh I hear ya. On the days I have some of my grands. Wed and Fri. (4,2,1) I am a whirling dervish. But I don't usually make muffins bc I would eat them all. True story. So they eat breakfast at home and I have a protein shake.
    Oh and I work up a sweat and do a bit of yelling when the fights break out. But I do a lot if loving too. It all evens out. Xoxo

  7. Wish we were neighbors so I could pop over and give you a little rest from your marathon. I am surrounded by busy young mom's here in the city, and I love having chances to give them little breaks.


  8. Hand up high….stretching as tall as i can in my seat. Waving my hand frantically so you won't miss it….can you picture it??

    GIRL you are dead on…a marathon it is, only one where I didn't train AT ALL! We have great days….usually when I bake a yummy treat and stop looking at a to do list and play games or we create something for school.

    Then another day, I wake up in a panic, thinking I am not homeschooling good enough and my kids will need counseling for, "that year mom went nuts and tried to home school us!"

    Why are days so different? How come when one kid is doing great another one needs all my attention. Why can't I be fun everyday and make muffins and forts and messes? How come a little thing like a socks and shoes on the floor turn me into the dragon lady one day and another day I just pick them up and put them in the dirty clothes.

    Being a mom is hard, homeschooling is harder. But in the mist of all that hard stuff are incredible blessings and memories with my kids I cherish, I am just hoping they see that too.

  9. My morning is so totally going like yours did!! I made a hot, homemade breakfast, only to have the children argue and fuss about any and everything known to man. But, at least there was homemade apple pancakes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Raising my hand. I know I don't have children, but I feel like all I do is run. I'm running around at work, running home to get something ready for supper, running to the gym, running to my next job, then hit my pillow, then it starts all over again. I just feel like I never catch up. I'm taking time this weekend for myself to go antiquing, and I can't wait. And yes, I was very VERY crabby lastnight.

  11. Oh, my Alicia, the very fact that you get out of bed before your kids has me beat. I haven't been up before the kids to make breakfast … ever? The kids get their own protein drink, cereal or oatmeal. Occasionally, Brent makes eggs and sausage. Takes me at least until 9am to get going, then yes, the marathon begins. Everybody wants a piece of mommy, finally get the kids in bed and I think "Ah! Peace …" and then turn around and husband thinks it's his turn to get my attention. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yeah, it's exhausting and some days frustrating, but just last night I reminded myself that this stage will pass and there will come a day when they won't need me so much. So for now, maybe I should go make some muffins … we can have them for lunch. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. So Mary's comment about throwing chicken feed made me laugh. I always feel very motherly pulling muffins out of the oven, too. I remember when our 4th was born and feeling like I was running non stop every day. I didn't feel that way with the others and I'm due any time now with our 6th so we will see! It gets easier though so don't beat yourself up. You can do it! And hey, Vera can bake now!

  13. Yep, so know the marathon feeling – it's hard to catch your breath when it's constantly on to the next thing!

    Since our breakfast of choice this morning was Cheerios… yeah. Maybe muffins for a mid-morning snack? xo

  14. i concur, darlin'!
    i always feel so good and motherly(?) when i pull out those muffins from the oven and serve a hot fresh breakfast to my kids.
    i mean, the rest of the days i'm pretty much throwing chicken feed at them so pumpkin muffins is PRETTY GOOD!
    i'm raising my hand HIGH on the marathon thing!


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