O.M.G I think if I hear one more person say, “Well you’re a stay at home mom, you don’t know how hard it is for people who have to work” Like my family doesn’t sacrifice everyday, because we’re not bring home two paychecks. or “I don’t see how you do it. I would go nuts locked up in the house all day with nothing to do.” Nothing to do…really? or ” I can’t believe you still have unpacked boxes, or your house is so disorganized. What do you do all day anyway?” Really? Are you people serious? Oh, you know, I set around all day watching TV and eating Bonbons...what the hell is a Bonbons anyway?
Now let’s be honest. I now have older kids, my life should be a cake walk, right? But the truth is my days starts at 6 a.m. Monday – Friday, just like yours and I don’t stop going until 10 p.m. Let me break it down for you
6:00 am get dresses, make sure the kid is doing the same.
6:10 am head downstairs, get the kid some breakfast, make sure she has her homework, and everything she needs for the day. Oh and don’t forget her lunch. (we pack lunch everyday)
6:30 am take her to school
7:00 am feed cat etc. breath, my breakfast, 30 min nap
8:00 am get other kid up and repeat above
9:00 a.m. go to the store, get groceries, don’t forget to use coupons
10:45 am head home and un-pack
11:15 am start a load of laundry
11:30 to 1:00 work on listing some of the crap around the house in our online store.
1:00 pm head to school for carpool/lunch
2:15 pm take first child home, and head to the other school carpool line.
4:15 pm get 2nd child and head home.
5:00pm start dinner
6:00 pm finish cleaning up after dinner, and make sure kids are taking baths, reading or doing/help with homework.
8:00 pm family tv time, listen to the girls talk about their day.
10:00 pm start working on getting kids to bed
10:30 pm bed (if I’m lucky)
On a normal day I spend as much time in my car as you do at work. The only difference between you and me, you get two 15 min breaks and an hour lunch.
And before I forget….there’s also somewhere in there that I clean, fold laundry, play with the dog, return phone calls, pay bills, looking for great deals on school supplies, or what ever else we need at the moment. As well as any other crap that might come up. And yes, I even try to squeeze in some time for me and my art. All with a smile on my face.
All because, I love my family.
And even though we can’t take a fancy vacation, and I can’t go buy everything my girls want. I wouldn’t trade one moment to have it any other way. Because from seeing their first steps, to their first loves, I have been there every step of the way, and that’s worth all the money in the world. That my friend is a once in a life time event, with no rain checks, or do overs and it fly’s by. My house can wait, there’ll be plenty of time to clean, when they head off to college in a few short years.
What are you going to remember? The drive to work? The coffee in the lounge?