Monday, February 25, 2013

A Break, But I'm Back

You know those parents that are all, "I can do everything. I can have a job, coach basketball, workout three days a week and still have time to bake cookies for school." We are not those people. I know a lot of days I try to be that kind of a mom. But, who am I kidding. I couldn't be that mom (without a ridiculous level of caffeine intake and a job that called itself full time, but really only required 10 hours a week).

So, when Big Girls' teacher asked me to plan another party at school I was super excited. Because the truth is - I want to be the do it all mom. Who doesn't. Out of all the busy moms in the class, to have the teacher feel like she can count on me is fantastic. Its a recognition of sorts that even though I'm busy, I still put my kids first, and that I can create an awesome second grade party invite on very little sleep.

See. Second grade awesomeness in about 30  minutes.

The thing is, if I do it all, I also have to take a break. Sit down on the couch, grab some mint chocolate chip with brownies frozen custard and tune the DVR to mindless crap and say, "for the next two hours, I'm going to push all the crazy business out of my head and relax."

It works wonders.

If I actually take the time to do it.

Fortunately my husband knows exactly when I need a break. And this weekend he planned a surprise break. When he told me I was all, "I don't want to leave the kids, I just want to sit here and snuggle them," (in my head, not out loud). But as the day wore on, and they woke up and didn't want to be snuggled, I realized he was right.

So, we enjoyed a wine tasting (with the State v. Carolina game on!) followed by dinner out, and saw the kids again the next morning. THANK YOU GRANMA AND GRANDPA! I didn't realize how much I needed a break - and a good nights sleep to recharge. It is for real amazing what 10 hours of sleep will do for you.

The short break also helped put life back in perspective. Its about the family. Taking care of myself and putting other things lower on the list.

As part of that, I'm going to get back to blogging. Putting the memories that we make each day down on paper. Recording all the fun events of family life so my kids can cherish them when they are older without creating a fire hazard. Sharing all their business on the internet because I'm chatty and writing is a release and something I need in my life. Plus it doesn't create a fire hazard or the headaches of sorting through everything when they are adults. (Long story there. I'll tell it soon!)

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