What Do You Do When You Do What You Do?

A dear, old friend of mine ("dear," because she makes my heart happy, and "old" because I have known her since the ninth grade) recently quit her job to be a full-time mommy to her TWIN BOYS!  She has always "punched a time clock" out in the busy work force, and is now going to give  being the CEO of SAHM a whirl!  She emailed me and posed the question:  "What do stay-at-home moms even do?!"

Being one who enjoys a.) "waxing philosophical" and b.) thinking I am SO much wiser than I actually am (ahem!), I gave some serious thought to her inquiry.  After pondering, my "Mama Leisha brain"--which is a big ol' storehouse of ideas, according to my daughter--began putting a list together for this dear, old friend.  (I really, REALLY love lists!)  Here's what I came up with:

What Do Stay-At-Home Moms Do?

1.)  Stay-at-home moms watch enough "Yo Gabba Gabba" to make their eyeballs drop out of their heads.  (Dear Nickelodeon, or Creators of "That Wacky Show":   I would like to mail D.J. Lance Rock a package of Twinkies.  That man's legs resemble toothpicks.  Are you paying him enough?  Because he clearly can't afford groceries.  Please email me his mailing address.  Love, Aleisha.)

2.)  Stay-at-home moms do laundry.  Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of laundry.  

3.)  Stay-at-home moms clean up a colorful myriad of messes.  Spilled apple juice.  Barf.  Toothpaste used as finger paint.  Pee.  Poop.  Stepped on crackers.  Mud.  Sticky lunch remnants on kitchen table legs.  Orange Doritos fingerprints on walls.  Toys.  Dirty socks.

4.)  Stay-at-home moms drink Diet Coke, because it makes them feel blissful in the midst of chaos.

5.)  Stay-at-home moms are tough chicks; they occasionally brave the McDonald's playland so that their children may know the joys of cheeseburger Happy Meals...and germy slides.

6.)  Stay-at-home moms use words and phrases like:  Time out!  Don't pick your nose!  Did you remember to wipe your bum?  Go "nigh-nigh."  Where's your blankie?  Stop that!  And my personal favorite...Why are you handing me your booger?

7.)  Stay-at-home moms "pretend play," build blanket forts, and know all the words to the magical spell that turns the carpet from "hot lava" back to carpet again.

8.)  Stay-at-home moms kiss and cuddle and hug and squeeze and snuggle their kiddos!

9.)  When it comes to making "The World's Best PB&J" or "The World's Cheesiest Mac N' Cheese" for lunch, stay-at-home moms nail it.  Every.  Time. 

10.)  Stay-at-home moms write blogs!  (*Insert my obnoxious giggle here*)

Here's the thing to remember:  Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, a work-at-home mom, a single mom, a working mom, a mom-to-be, or a crazy mama like me, you are pretty terrific!  Yes, indeedy!

"You are the guardians of the hearth.  You are the bearers of the children.  You are they who nurture them and establish within them the habits of their lives.  No other work reaches so close to divinity."
(--Gordon B. Hinckley) 

Hey!  That's MY mama!


  1. omygoodness, there's so much i could say.
    so, i'll say it all :)

    your friend and her boys are adorable. i love their Carhartt overalls.
    i can't stand "yo gabba gabba"...the man freaks me out. and i imagine, many kids too!
    ahhhh, diet coke. enough said on that.
    i had a feeling "poop" was going to make its way into this post. ;)
    i LOL at "why are you handing me your booger?"
    you are an awesome, rockin' mama.

    and remember what i was telling you about your teeth/perfect smile?! all of you pretty ladies share the same one!!

    hope you're having a good one!!!
    love you <3

  2. Amen sistah! Mom's rule.

    BTW... my latest mom phrase is "don't put your finger up your brother's nose."

  3. I was just wondering the same thing. There is a possibility that I will be leaving the outside workforce soon to stay at home with my son, and I keep thinking I am going to bore the heck out of him. I already have to do all that stuff on the list, of course some only on weekends since he's at daycare, but I'm thinking I am going to have to do some research for things to keep us busy all day. I hope I can handle it! =)

  4. Yo Gabba Gabba is crack for the eyes. My kids love it too. My hubby knows one of the guys that created the show so I can't knock it too hard, but I know where you are coming from. If you need a 20 minute mommy time-out, just turn it on! :)

    XO, you're the best.

  5. #4 is so so true!! Well all of it is!! Awesome post! I needed to hear how terrific I am! ;) Thanks friend! Oh and my vent is...why oh why must we be the ones to be barfed on and have to clean it up?!?! (This actually happened a few days ago!)

  6. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA! Oh my gosh! I needed this fun-a-licious blog post today. I am STILL laughing about the Yo-Gabba-Gabba comments! hahahahahahaha! That show makes me wanna stab my eyes out! LMAO!!!! I love that you wanna give that one guy a box of twinkies! hahahahahahaha! Oh, I am so proud of your friend. Being a SAHM is the bestest of bests! Even though we have to be the booger fairy, the wiper of all bums, and barf-master extraordinaire! We take on a whole new occupation, but it is so worth it! What would we have to blog about, if our kids weren't so crazy? Wishing your friend the BEST of luck!

    BTW, the pic of you, your mamma, and your sister (I'm assuming) is absolutely wonderful! You all have that big beautiful smile! :)

    Thanks for the giggles today! Hope that you have a wonderful weekend!!


    ~ Kelly

  7. Being a stay at home mom was the most challenging experience (and most rewarding) I've ever had. I'm back at work now but I work for a school so that I can still be a stay at home mom during summer break! :) I found you through the blog hop! I am one of your new loyal followers! When you have a chance come on by and check out my blog (and make sure to say hi!). I would love it if you would follow me back! Cath @ Home is Where my Heart is http://cathhasablog.blogspot.com/

  8. <3 this post! Spot on! I love #3. On a daily basis, I clean up the most random crazy things. I should start a list. lol.

  9. Oh I love this! What a beautiful job it is. :)

  10. Coming over from the blog hop! Great post. I'm a working mama but spend the days wishing I could be at home with my kids enjoying these moments and pulling my hair out during the tough ones. Funny how that works. Love the photo of you and your mom!

  11. oh yeah

    diet coke has been my best friend
    through all nearly 13 years of parenting
    so far

    and i must say
    though i miss Blue's Clues
    i'm not at all sorry my kidlets
    are done with Yo Gabba Gabba

    thanks for stopping by Stuff and Nonsense today

    your blog is delightful!


  12. hahahaha oh my goodness! This is great. My mom was/is a stay-at-home mom and boy did I ever take her for granted!!! Glad I found you today! Found you via the blog hop. :)

  13. Just found you through the social parade at Smart & Trendy moms! Following with GFC @s8r8l33 Twitter @s8r8l33 & FB @SaraLee E Please follow back.

  14. Haha the booger phrase made me laugh out loud! Your blogs are always the best! Of course I then had to read up on Play Pretend! Oh man Leish I could read your blog all day!
    Love ya much

  15. You nailed it right to the core! Haha..I really love this list...am going to share it to my FB moms group..number 4 well I drink Coke not diet coke, should i feel bad now? LOL but that number 10, I could not agree more..two thumbs up for the list :))

  16. This is a lovely post honoring your friend and her new SAHM adventure. Hugs and smooches and wishes for a beautiful week ahead.


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