I used to slay in the kitchen. My meals were grand, well thought out, Pinterest beauties.

Then sports came along.

And the twins came along.

And now I see what a total dream crusher mealtime is when you have small kids, especially toddlers.

Check out these mealtime dreams and their mealtime reality counterparts and you’ll see what I mean.

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Fun food for kids - hamburger looks like a funny muzzle

How cute are these meals?  I hope you took a ton of pictures of that sandwich.  Tape them up on the fridge to remind yourself to never waste your precious time on this stuff again.

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With four kids at home, homework, and sports every evening your meal is a lot more likely to resemble this. One pot to clean always wins.

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This is how you envision mealtime right? Healthy, spotless, no one screaming?

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Wrong!

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Someone is always screaming or crying and everyone is a hot mess. Just let them eat in the bathtub.

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The dream: the family sits around the table enjoying homemade food and each other’s loving company right?

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The reality: You eat off your little human because you are starving and they are ornery. Some days you just try and keep everyone alive.

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Here’s to hoping the kids love that new Pinterest pureed soup you made from scratch!

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Asian baby girl crying

Here’s to realizing that you should have opened a can of Campbell’s soup.

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Living out of your kitchen to negotiate, prep and clean up meals is no easy feat. It is more like a daily prison sentence. But someone’s gotta do it.