How I not only survive but enjoy Mommyhood

I am a Christian, I am a wife, I am a stay at home mom of two beautiful little girls and my latest full time endeavor is to homeschool my girls. Kares is 5 and Kailani is almost 3. Each day in our house is an adventure! I love being home with them, but often feel like more of a stay at home maid, or as if I belong in crazy town. One thing I always try to remember is “They are only little once” and it makes me realize what is really important. That is to enjoy each day with my family as much as I possibly can.

So what do I know? I am not a parenting expert. My kids are far from perfect. I am still trying to figure this whole parenting thing out. But I have learned a few things along the way that may make things easier for you. At the very least it will make you laugh because it is always an adventure in my house!

This blog is just a place for me to share what we are doing in our house, maybe you will like it and do it as well.  Maybe I can make things a little easier for you. Maybe you can just sit back and laugh at the craziness that is constantly going on in our house.

I wasn’t always a stay at home mom. When our first daughter was born I was a teacher. I loved my job and my students, but I struggled being away from my baby and still getting everything done at work and home. I worked until just after Kares turned one. Things changed and I was then able to stay home full time with her. I know what it is like to be a working mom, I couldn’t handle it, it was way too much work…my utmost respect to those who do!

Don’t even get me started on how much I admire the strength of single moms. When my husband was deployed for 10 months I was pregnant with our second child and had a 2 year old at home. I quickly learned how to take care of every single household chore as well as make sure our daughter was taken care of. When Kailani was born and then I had 2 kids at home, my multitasking abilities went into overdrive. As rough as it was to be alone at home, I still had both the financial and emotional support from my husband. I don’t know how all of you single moms do it all!

As a mom, our days get filled with so many responsibilities. I try to always remember that “They are only little once” and it tends to remind me that spending each day with my kids and family is what is most important. Here are some tricks and tips I have learned to help me survive the crazy, amazing, wonderful, difficult adventure of motherhood.

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4 Comment(s)

  1. Starla

    December 10, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Nice! Can’t wait to hear about your future adventures as I’m sure I have made the same mistakes and had similar experiences. 🙂 Motherhood is grand!



  2. Cindy Carlsward

    December 12, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Great blog (from the little bit I know about them). In addition to the amazing way single Moms handle the important task of raising their children alone, I think that working Mom’s deserve recognition also. I’m sure most of them prefer to be home raising their children. I don’t know how many of them balance a career, children and maintaining a home. Like single Mom’s, they have an inner strength to overcome the challenges in their lives. My utmost respect to them.



    • carlyhasenauer

      December 12, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      I agree…It is hard to be a working mom! I couldn’t balance it all when I was working. Something always had to give, there was never enough time to get all of the necessary things done and spend time with my baby. I also have a great respect for those moms who work and go to school (like you did mom and Starla). Talk about pulling a late night study session!! No matter how you look at it, being a mom is HARD! Definitely the hardest job I have ever had. So if you stay at home, if you work, if you are single, or whatever…raising kids is the toughest most important thing many of us will ever do!



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