Since becoming a mom, learning to not over-commit or sweat the small stuff hasn’t been easy for me.
I do feel as though I’m starting to get the hang of it though! I mean, when it comes to finding a healthy balance between family and giving of my time to others, I’m a work in progress, as I’ve mentioned before in previous blog posts. And that progress is slow. But if slow and steady wins the race, then you might as well hand me that medal now! 🙂
Just this past weekend, Nate and I invited my best friend Ashley and her husband Ryan to the house for a BBQ. As usual, I had a meal all planned out in my head, and – I have to say – that it was a rather pretty spread.
But one thing I didn’t consider was the fact that I have a five month old. 😉 And I very quickly realized , as usual, that the only way I was going to put together the spread of food that I envisioned was to not spend the time with him I really wanted to. That I really needed to.
So for the first time in my entertaining history, I bought packaged cookies… Yes, I spent a bit of time arranging fresh veggies into a pretty arrangement, but that was it. Nate took over the grilling. Ashley and her hubby brought the sweet potato fries and salad. And I bought a box of Enjoy Life cookies instead of spending an afternoon baking, as I normally would have.
When I grabbed the package off the store shelves, I was fairly certain that I was going to be struck by lightning. 😉 But I wasn’t. And as a result, I was able to enjoy a special afternoon with my teething baby (who really wanted his mom’s comforting arms).
Still, I’m a work in progress… I texted my friend to ‘warn’ her that I had packaged cookies for dessert, telling her that I wouldn’t worry about it so much if it was all up front that I hadn’t baked. Ha, ha! Because really, I was kind of worried about it. Nate said that earned me a ‘B-‘, but that he’s proud of the progress I’ve made. 😉
As for the BBQ? We had a blast! And those Enjoy Life cookies were quite yummy, if I do say so myself! 🙂