Friday, August 5, 2011

Cook, Clean, Or Relax???

I am lucky to have a husband that takes the kids along to run errands. I'm even luckier that he tries to take his time, just so I get a little extra quiet time. :)
Usually when Nick takes the kids out, my first thought is "what do I clean first?".....but there are times (like today) that mom's just need to sit, put their feet up and RELAX.
Seriously, how often do you (if you are a mom) actually sit in the quiet and not do ANYTHING?!'s rare for me too. Our first thought is what can I cook, clean or fix while the kids aren't at home? It makes me really appreciate my own mom so much more. Now that I can see for myself how busy she must have been.
I am a mother of 4 and keeping up with them sometimes can be really hard. I get up when they get up in the mornings and our day doesn't stop until our little William goes to bed around 8:30pm.
I have realized that some people judge me as a stay at home mom.....thinking "what does she do all day?" Well DUH....don't you know how glorious a stay at home moms life is all the time? We sleep in every day as the kids play quietly in their rooms, we have trained our kids to make breakfast for US! We watch tv and play on the computer most of the day....rarely "dealing" with our children at all. We go to resaurants for dinner each night and go back home to sit some more :) HA!!!! I'm sure ALL of you stay at home moms are laughing now! ;)
 Let's be real's not all fun and games all the time. I have 4 kids to prepare meals for, I clean the house daily (and we all know after 3 meals a day its EXHAUSTING!), laundry doesn't do itself (but let me be honest here, my husband has taken on that load for the past year!!!!!),dusting, vacuuming and disinfecting is a must on most days with this many kids, we have playdates out the yin-yang, keeping our yard nice is a big task, and normal house maintnance. I could go on for days about the fights I break up, the owies I make better and the hours of entertaining I try to provide my children with.
I'm lucky to be able to stay at home....I recognize that. But I work hard as well. Just because I don't get up and go out to a job everyday doesn't mean I am not doing "jobs" around my home allll dayyyyyyy longgggggg.
I know you other moms get where I am coming from.
I've been a stay at home mom for 8 years now. Wow....8 YEARS?! It doesn't feel that long. I am proud to be here for my kids. It's not always easy, because believe me, I miss the daily adult interaction. But I feel like I am doing what is best for my children. There are times I say "I need a break...I'm going to find a job!" LOL ;)
Anyway, on days like this...when I only have my little baby at home (teething nonetheless) and so much to do around the house....I'm going to enjoy just SITTING and being. Because we all know that when my husband runs errands again, my first thought will be...."what will I clean first?"

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