A couple weeks ago I was talking to Andrew and telling him how I was frustrated that my rubber gloves to wash dishes got water inside them and were not drying out. I told him, I just didn’t know how to get them to dry out. He looked at me and said, “why don’t you just turn them inside out?” Um DUH, I had literally never thought of this. I had been trying to hang them for days and never once did this cross my mind.
I had another one of these Ah Ha/DUH moments this week. I’ve been trying to figure out how to spend more time with Ellery and still get my food prep tasks done. It hit me this week that she would probably really enjoy helping me in the kitchen. We got her stool out and she helped me put all the ingredients in the bread machine and mix up some homemade brownies. She was really into it, I got to hang out with her and I got my chores done. Sometimes the answer to a problem is so obvious and yet it takes me forever to figure it out. She since has memorized how to turn the bread machine on, select the dough setting and press start and this is her job now, I dare not do it. Last night she helped me make chili and cornbread and during our February Advent she got really into making our cut out sugar cookies.
This past week we also dusted the house together. She had her very own dust rag and I showed her how to dust the blinds, window sills, and bottom of the doors. She was so proud of herself and I got the whole house dusted without her trying to get my attention, or getting into mischief. It just never really occurred to me to have her help me with these tasks because it’s not “fun” work, but for a 2 year old doing “grown up tasks and hanging out with mom” is just about the most fun you can have.