"Look Mom, Another Disco Zombie!"

I missed last week, but this Sunday, I’m participating again in “Stream of Consciousness Sunday”, hosted by Jana of Jana’s Thinking Place. The idea is to type for 5 minutes, a brain dump of sorts, and then to publish without editing the writing at all.


I’ve spent the bulk of my Sunday writing. Between writing web content for pay, sketching out future blog posts and working on my memoir for NaNoWriMo, I have been attached to my laptop for the majority of the day. I tend to write in the living room, so I am surrounded by my family and their activities, which can be both a blessing and a curse at times.

As I write these words, Lakin is playing a survival level of Plants vs. Zombies, while Addah cheers and offers plant choice suggestions from the sidelines. David is reading through his Twitter feed and occasionally reading out an interesting article. It’s a little loud, and a little chaotic, but I love that we’re all here and spending time together, albeit with our individual activities.

I imagine it won’t be too far in the future before my daughters are too old and too cool to spend lazy Sundays with their parents, playing video games and making silly jokes. I dread when that day comes and their friends are more interesting to them than we are, but for now I am grateful to have my family close by, even if their excited victory dances do disturb my writing reveries, more often than not.

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I'm Heather, a married mama of two teen girls, a stillborn baby girl (7/1/12), and a sweet and wild preschool girl (4/2/14). I've been blogging at The Destiny Manifest since 2001. I like to write about appreciating all of the beautiful little things that surround us, particularly in the face of grief, infant loss and mental health issues. Every day is an adventure!

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  • jana

    Sounds like our house. Though my husband is getting on to me a lot recently for being on my computer. ::sigh::

  • a.eye

    Hopefully, their love of these days now will mean they will keep some hours on Sundays with the family even as their friends start to pull their time.

  • Stacy Harris

    I know the feeling. Today my husband has tried to keep the kids out of my hair to do my writing. I can’t really say much either. I got almost 6,000 words done for NaNo and even wrote a blog post for the day. Not to bad. We even went grocery shopping and cleaned the house. But it was distracting. The noise level. but I wouldn’t change it for anything. Soon I will wish my kids were distracting me! 🙂

  • JanineHuldie

    Heather, this sounds so much like my house too and enjoyed your post, because I think many of us could relate to this.

  • Oh I hope so! 🙂

  • I deal with that flack from time to time too… but I do manage to bring in a little income from “being on the computer all the time” (as my husband puts it), so I have that card to play when he fusses too much. 😛

  • Wandering by from SOCS …

    My children are grown and even the steps are gone now. The silence is deafening some days.

  • I have heard so many people say that, so I try to keep that in mind when my kids are really driving me crazy with the noise. I know I will miss it one day!

  • Kenya G. Johnson

    I sit with my laptop in the living room also sometimes. I find that I am interrupted more when I am off in my own space. So it really works out in my favor. 😉

  • This was such a sweet glimpse into an innocent family experience. I’m sure, as a mom, it’s so nice to have all of your babies and your husband together at the same time. Great post!

  • Aprille

    i love plants vs. zombies. especially the disco zombies!