Hello lovelies! I hope everyone had a FABULOUS week... Wasn't the picture of my cat Basil I posted on Wednesday the cutest thing EVER?!  We have a group of characters here in our household... both the two and the four legged kind!  I really think I'm going to like my new "schedule" of posting... I get a chance to post quick notes, tips, thoughts and ideas to you throughout the week on Facebook... On Mindful Mondays I get a chance to explore awesome inspirational quotes and share them with you... Wordless Wednesdays are just plain fun and on Friday nights I can go into detail about anything I've been wanting to share with you all week! 

This week I've been thinking about how blessed I am to be a homemaker and a stay at home mom.  When I was in Arizona this past month someone said something to me that really put things in perspective for me.  What they said reminded me that this job that I have of keeping our home and raising our son is something a lot of women dream about and may never have.  Now if you've been with me for a while now you know that I'm always putting my gratitude out there... especially towards my husband for giving our little family this wonderful life and making it possible for me to stay home.  In fact I think I thank him almost every day.  However... even though I'm grateful... coming to the realization that there are hundreds to thousands of moms out there who every day say to themselves or to their best friends, sisters or moms... "If only I had the chance to be a stay at home mom I would......" has stopped me in my tracks. 

When I thought of that simple phrase, I have to be honest... I somewhat panicked!  Sure I've been appreciative and grateful that I've been a stay at home mom, but have I been doing "what every mom dreams of"?  My son is two and a half now and knowing that my only responsibility these past two years has been just HIM... I have to say I don't think I've made the most out of our days.  I don't think I've filled in the blank to "If only I had the chance to be a stay at home mom I would _______".  Don't get me wrong... this isn't a post about not living up to expectations or not being a good enough mom.  It's not about that at all... I've taken a million pictures, we've laughed, cuddled, played, made millions of memories and I've recorded as much of them as I can... I've done my best as a mother. 

What I'm talking about is taking advantage of this amazing and beautiful opportunity that we have as stay at home moms... Living out our dreams... Making one or two days a week all about enjoyment and fulfillment instead of chores and schedules.  We needs to sit back and meditate on what it was we once dreamed way back when... During the time when we were waiting to meet "the one", or when we were trying to conceive, or even as we were watching our bellies grow. 
If I'm able to stay home with my children one day I'm going to play them all my favorite songs and dance with them all day long!

If I'm a stay at home mom my baby and I are going to have lunch at the park every day!

Wouldn't it be awesome if I was a stay at home mom and could meet my girlfriend for lunch with our babies all the time?!

What were your dreams?  Why not get out and do them!  No not every day... I know that's not possible... but maybe we should dedicate once a week or even once or twice a month to making the most of those days.  Schedule it if you have to... schedule a day of "nothing" so you can spend every moment with your child(ren) filling the day with awesome memories as though you had a full time job and that was your one day off for a while.  That's it!!  Schedule a "day off" and do something MAGICKAL!  Take pictures and collect keepsakes.  Now if this is something you're already doing... GREAT!!  If not... take a few moments... sit quietly or grab your journal and pretend you work full time away from home.  What would you do with your kiddos on your day off to make the most of your day together? 

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