This week I enjoyed naps, and lounging by the pool, too much computer time, and just the freedom of silence. I got to catch up with some friends, I got to eat without anyone stealing anything off of my plate, and I got to go to the bathroom without an audience. I have to say, I've really enjoyed myself. And I've gotten several jealous looks from my neighbors as they struggle in and out of their houses weighted down by their fighting children.
But it's not what I thought it was going to be. I don't feel like I've gained anything from this week (other than some water weight, but you don't want to hear about that...)I've realized that I have it pretty easy compared to most stay at home moms. My kids are good sleepers, pretty flexible about their schedules, and when they aren't trying to argue each other into submission, they behave rather well. I can take them to the gym with me when I need to relieve some stress, and I have my parents who live right around the corner who take the kids off of my hands when I need a relief. I'm so very blessed, and just having this week to reflect on the fact that I wasn't totally drained after all, makes me realize that I have a lot to be thankful for. I'm going to start expressing my thanks more often. I'll start by thanking God for the children to start with, and round it out nicely with a thanks to my hubby for being supportive, and for being such an awesome Dad who is my partner in every way.
We leave in the morning to travel to Arkansas to pick up our heathens, and hang with the Hortons of Forrest City.
p.s. new trick I've conjured up with the kids...
when I do something that they need to appreciate, I no longer ask for them to say thank you. When I make them lunch, or help them get ready for bed, etc, they are now required to give me a round of applause. They remember more often, and I like the feeling of having my own fans. (except as mentioned earlier when I'm using the loo).
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