Being The Wife of a Gamer

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When I said my vows 7 years ago, I envisioned many nights with my husband watching Lifetime movies, chick flicks, and playing Uno; what I never imagined was the invisible Ball And Chain Console I’d had to pry him away from almost every night!

Most guys like video games and I understand why. Video games are outlets of fantasy that allow men (and some women) to escape into worlds where they can travel through space, fight in the military, or run and fly at extreme speeds. But come on.. alllll the time? Is it really that much fun?

My husbands dream would be for me to be an Extreme Gamer! He would be in absolute Heaven!! But it’s just not my thing. I’ve tried, but I can’t see myself shooting pixels or going to “The Tower” to get the latest and greatest armor to fight “The Fallen”.

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My Husbands Absolute Dream!

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Actual Reality.. lol

 

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SO, if your husband is an extreme gamer, there is hope! There can be peace! Instead of getting frustrated or completely misunderstanding his slight addiction, make it up in your mind that he can out doing a million other things, leaving you at home worried and upset.

My Uncle gave us the best advice about this situation when we first got married. Here’s how the conversation went:

ME: “He plays video games all the time!”

UNCLE: “Ok, let him. At least you know where he is. He’s not at a club, drinking, or cheating on you. He’s right there in your living room playing that game!”

MY HUSBAND: “Yeah!” (Smiling from ear-to-ear)

Seriously, that was some of the BEST advice a young newly wed could have gotten. Of course, when we first got married, my husband was not at all interested in playing video games as much. We didn’t have children so this gave us a lot of time to do the things we got the luxury of doing without needing a babysitter. I will forever cherish those words of wisdom from my Uncle who has been married for over 40 years!

Sooo, ladies, if you are in the same boat, here are a few tips of what you can do while your boo goes on “The Traveler” (lol, another Destiny reference).

  1. Join him! If you can’t beat him, join him. If you want to be the coolest wife in town, pick up the sticks and fight, raid, and conquer with your beau. If it’s just not your thing, the thought was definitely worth a try!
  2. Support him! Every sports player loves a good cheerleader! Why not cheer him on as he massacres the enemies! Still not into it?
  3. Find a hobby you really enjoy! Blog, write, read, draw, scrapbook, sew, or play with your little ones! You can also get ALOT of house work done because trust me, hours go by when they get zoned in!
  4. Meal Plan. Find ideas on the internet or crack open a recipe book.
  5. Organize Junky Closets!
  6. Sort through old clothes your child has outgrown!
  7. Clean out the cabinets.
  8. Dust.
  9. RELAX with a good magazine!
  10. Have a pamper night!
  11. Take a bath.
  12. Go Shopping. 
  13. Get a pet!
  14. Watch a movie.
  15. Learn how to play the piano, lol.
  16. Exercise.
  17. Clean your children’s toys- they get really dirty!
  18. Create a new hairstyle.
  19. Mix and match new outfit coordinations in your closet.
  20. Plan things to do before they get comfortable on the game! (Unless it’s the last day of the month before the game resets!)
  21. And finally, be patient and have understanding. 

Men have enough stress working all day long. If playing a video game helps to relieve a little of that stress, then it can’t do too much harm.

xxooxoxo

 

 

♥ 1 Corinthians 2:14 & Romans 12:2

“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

My Ideal Daily Schedule (W/2+4 Tots)

As my URL states, I am a stay-at-home wife and mother; what it does not state is that I am a mother of 4 children under 5 years old. I’ve been married for 6 years (7, April 25th) so I’ve basically been pregnant every year of my marriage. No, it was not planned, but my husband and I knew once we got married that we wanted to have about 5 children. I think it’s fair to say that we are probably closing up shop and just going to appreciate the blessing of having 2 older sons and 2 younger daughters.

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With such blessings comes much responsibility. Changing dirty diapers, washing that God-knows-what gunk off their tiny fingers, and getting them to eat their peas, are just a few of the normal things us moms get the joy of doing on a daily basis. Being a stay-at-home mom is not any easy task, no matter how many children you have. You still have to nurture a child’s mental and physical development until they leave the nest.. whoooo!!!

I am naturally a very organized person, so creating a daily routine that works for my family and I is rather easy to do- committing to it everyday is the hard part. Yes, I know at 8 a.m. their teeth need to be brushed and at 12 p.m. they will eat a pb&j and apples, but sticking to such a rigorous schedule can become very stressful. I found creating schedules with time slots is not a way that I can live freely. It’s like being in the military. “Attention Toddlers! Rise up! Get Dressed! Eat this! Do that! We’ve got a time schedule to check off!” NO WAY!! Every single day is unpredictable! I may plan to homeschool at 10 a.m. but the baby has rolled around in the dogs wet food and now needs a bath! Oh no, now my whole day is off!!

So, as I’ve gotten more comfortable in the role I play in my house as The Home Keeper, I’ve learned what works for me and what doesn’t work so well. And the beauty of it is that next month, that may change too. The point is, everyday is an opportunity to grow and learn who we are. What works for you, may not work for me and vice versa. We can ONLY do what works for our own homes and what keeps peace.

Like I stated, I am naturally organized person, so I do like to keep a list of things I would like to get done to have a productive day.

Having multiple children is really not as hard as it seems just as long as you get sufficient rest, plan ahead, and relax often.

Here is what works for my family and I of 6 people:

My Ideal Daily Routine (with no time slots :):

  • Get Up & Make My Bed
  • Kiss My Husband Goodbye as He leaves for Work
  • Dry Brush & Stretch
  • Wash Up & Get Dressed
  • Walk the Dog
  • Pray the Kids Sleep for 30 more minutes ;)
  • Get Greeted by my little angels with hugs and kisses :)
  • Brush the Kiddies Teeth & Get Them Dressed for the Day
  • BREAKFAST & Audio Bible with the Kiddies
  • Clean the Kitchen
  • Homeschool Time
  • Play Time
  • LUNCH & Educational TV
  • Clean the Kitchen
  • Prep for Dinner
  • Nap Time
  • ME TIME :)- (Workout, Draw, Write, Calendar/Organize, Relax, etc.)
  • Cook Dinner
  • “Honey I’m Home!” :*
  • DINNER
  • Walk the Dog & Check the Mail
  • Family Bible Time
  • Clean the Kitchen
  • Family Time :) A.K.A. My Favorite Part of the Day :)
  • Kids Clean Up Their Rooms
  • Give the Kids a Bath to Unwind & Brush Their Teeth
  • GET IN THE BED KIDS & DON’T GET OUT!! (But I know you will! Lol!) & Nightime Prayer
  • Read The Word
  • Shower & Get Ready for Bed
  • Thank God for Another Day and Pray for Strength for the Next!!

This, ideally, is the way I would LOVE for each day to go, but I have learned that it is, at times, impractical. Most days, I’m happy to get the kids to just eat their dinner! But I am a young mother and happy with where I am in life and the steps I take each day to become better than I was yesterday!!!

Be Encouraged! If you are a Mother and your kids are fed and clean, then that in itself is a job well done!!!

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Product Review: Lysol Click Gel

I got these as a sample at Sam’s Club and I love them! They are very easy to apply, affordable, and smell amazing!! Literally, this small gel ball deodorizes the entire bathroom and lasts about 100 flushes. It is amazing!! Give it a try if you want your bathroom to smell good and for your toilet to,  in essence, self-clean.

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I’ve tried these before and the stick fell in the toilet :/  I had to reach in to throw it away.. No bueno..

 

 

 

Got Eczema?

If you suffer from itchy Eczema like I do, then you may want to give Neosporin Eczema Essentials Daily Moisturizing Cream a try!

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Running at about $10 per tube, this product definitely delivers what it promises- restored skin in 3 days! I have been using this product for about 5 years now and will continue to use it as long as this pesky eczema is around!!

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This soap also works well to soothe itchy and inflamed skin!)

 

 

Delicious Banana Bread {Recipe #3}

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This recipe for a very easy and delicious banana bread can be found HERE.

When I have old bananas I usually whip up this recipe into some muffins for my little ones and hubby.

I ADD a crisp topping of browned oatmeal (with butter) and brown sugar and they are literally gone in one day!

Enjoy with fresh fruit and yogurt for breakfast, as a savory snack, or warmed up with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, extra chopped walnuts, and drizzled caramel :)

 

Old-Fashioned Homemade Pancakes {Recipe #2}

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I found this Old-Fashioned Homemade Pancake recipe at pocketchangegourmet.com about a year ago and have stuck with this recipe as a pancake staple ever since!

These pancakes are thick, filling, and oh so delicious!

The only thing I adjust is the amount of milk I add- I add 1 cup of milk instead of 3/4 to make them less biscuity.

You can premix the dry ingredients for days you are in a rush!

Additional Ingredient Ideas:

  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Pineapples
  • Peaches and Whipped Cream
  • Apple Preserves and Cinnamon Sugar
  • Bacon bits
  • “Pig in a Blanket” (wrap bacon or sausage in the pancake)
  • Pecans and Powdered Sugar
  • Cinnamon and Extra Sugar
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Sweetened Coconut Shavings and Dark Chocolate
  • And Even an Ice-cream Sundae!!!

ENJOY!!!