Wednesday, December 21, 2016

16 Best Posts of 2016

My mother-in-law says that every mom needs one "un-doable," and for me, it's writing. Almost everything else I do as a mom is eventually undone: right now the floor is as dirty as ever, the windows as smudged as always, and the laundry pile is teetering ever-higher.

But every December I can still look over what I've written and say, "Aha! Evidence that I did, in fact, do something over the last 365 days!" These are my 16 favorite pieces of writing from 2016... is your favorite one here?

#1:

No One Cares About Your Messy House

April 13, 2016
The best, the funniest, and the most honest posts from Unremarkable Files in 2016.  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

Sure, you can't see the because of all the scattered toys and there's a pair of preschooler-sized underwear of questionable cleanliness in the corner, but I have two words for you: So. What.

#2:

20 Indoor Activities When You're Stuck Inside With Kids

February 8, 2016
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 A sarcastic look at what to do when trapped at home with a houseful of stir-crazy kids. (Spoiler alert: Contains no useful information.)

#3:

Things You Find in The Bathroom Once You Have Kids

November 16, 2016
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Your bathroom used to be the most boring room of the house. Then you had kids, and now you never know what you're going to find in there...

#4:

13 Funniest Marriage Moments

June 20, 2016
The best, the funniest, and the most honest posts from Unremarkable Files in 2016.  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

Sometimes you've just got to laugh, especially if the last 13 years of your marriage have been filled with moments like these.

#5:

Why I Don't Care Anymore about Being the Fun Mom

October 31, 2016
The best, the funniest, and the most honest posts from Unremarkable Files in 2016.  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

I thought the best way to keep my kids safe was to make my house into the cool house where they always wanted to hang out with their friends. I was wrong.

#6:

Realistic Virtue Names for Your Baby

October 19, 2016
The best, the funniest, and the most honest posts from Unremarkable Files in 2016.  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

Charity and Grace are nice, but let's do ourselves a favor and call a spade a spade, okay?

#7:

A Preschooler's Guide to Visiting a Port-a-Potty in 8 Simple Steps

August 1, 2016
The best, the funniest, and the most honest posts from Unremarkable Files in 2016.  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

Summertime means outdoor fun, but unfortunately for the parents it also means more trips to the Port-a-Potty with your preschooler than you'd like to make in a lifetime.

#8:

19 Things All Moms Know

September 19, 2016
The best, the funniest, and the most honest posts from Unremarkable Files in 2016.  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

Motherhood comes with messy buns, a gigantic purse filled with Cheerio dust, and these 19 hilarious truths that literally all moms know.

#9:

To the Mom of the Boy Wearing Mismatched Pajamas at the Library

August 3, 2016
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Sometimes, we don't have it all together. It's okay, Mama.

#10:

Thoughts after the First Baby vs. the Fourth Baby (and Beyond)

August 25, 2016
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Around Baby #4, a switch flips: you are now an expert at parenting babies, and everything changes. 


#11:
20 Things Motherhood Has Forced Me to Say

August 22, 2016
The best, the funniest, and the most honest posts from Unremarkable Files in 2016.  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

As a mom, you find things coming out of your mouth that you never dreamed would be necessary to say out loud.


#12:
My Natural Hospital VBAC after Placenta Previa

June 1, 2016
The best, the funniest, and the most honest posts from Unremarkable Files in 2016.  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

From the moment my fifth child was born via C-section due to placenta previa, I knew that if we had a sixth child I wanted to try for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean.) Here's what happened.

#13:
9 More Signs Your Kids Read Way Too Much

April 27, 2016
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Is it possible for kids to read too much? If you have a bookworm kid, you know that the struggle is real!


#14:
How Motherhood Is Just Like Being In the Mafia

April 20, 2016
The best, the funniest, and the most honest posts from Unremarkable Files in 2016.  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

Goodfellas. The Godfather. The Sopranos. Believe it or not, their family business is a lot more like ours than you'd think.

#15:
Funny Stock Photos That Have No Clue What Babies Are Actually Like

March 23, 2016
The best, the funniest, and the most honest posts from Unremarkable Files in 2016.  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

Ever see those perfect baby photos in magazines and wonder what they're missing? Their hilarious captions, of course.

#16:
In Me Ye Shall Have Peace (and Other Scriptures I'm Bad At)

February 22, 2016
The best, the funniest, and the most honest posts from Unremarkable Files in 2016.  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

Here's how you can find peace when it feels like you don't have any, from a Mormon who admittedly doesn't have all the answers.

Enjoy, share, and comment on your favorites! And tell me, what's YOUR "un-doable?"

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3 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed reading about your VBAC! And all of these other ones are great too. I'm glad I found your blog this year! Hope you guys have a Merry Christmas :)

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  2. I loved the one about motherhood and the mafia!!!

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  3. #1 was definitely #1 for me too!!
    Thank God it's so!
    Hmm, an un-doable?? Sewing a quilt!
    Merry Christmas, Jenny!

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