Preparing to Become a SAHM

Things are winding down at school for me. And as the end of the year draws closer, I realize that summer vacation is drawing closer as well. It’s all I can think about. I can’t wait to sleep in a little, go grocery shopping on a Tuesday morning (instead of throwing dirty looks and elbows in the Sunday after church crowd), put lemons in my hair and lay out by the pool. Summer is glorious for teachers, and any teacher who denies that is either doing it wrong or lying…

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Hump Day Musings

I have sat down to blog for three days now and been stumped. You know in cartoons when a bunch of people try to fit through a doorway, but they all get stuck because they try to go through at the same time? Well, that’s been my brain lately. There is just so much stuff going on that when I sit down to try and let some of it out, it all gets bottled up and nothing comes. So today, I thought I’d just let it all out a little…

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Soak Up the Fun

Staying home on maternity leave (and now summer break from school) has left me sometimes feeling a little guilty. At the end of every day, I look around and ask myself if I got enough done to justify being home. Usually, the answer is no. But while all of those chores and things need to get done, I forget that my main job when I stay at home is to be there for my kids. So when those rare times of pure fun come around, I soak it all in.…

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I WAS TRYING TO BE NICE, DAMMIT!

Yesterday, Chris called me about mid-morning to tell me how bad his day was going.  And it just got worse from there.  I felt bad for him.  He’s got a lot on his plate at work and he’s running on night of interrupted sleep after night of interrupted sleep.  It can’t be easy.  When he called to tell me he would be working late, I decided to surprise him with a take out sushi dinner at home.  We had a gift card to a sushi place that we haven’t been…

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Home Sweet Home

Since Gracie’s birth, I have been staying home with the kiddies while I’m on maternity leave.  When I stayed home on maternity leave with Bean, time seemed to fly by.  I was home for 12 weeks and it felt like I blinked and that time was over.  I stayed home for about six months at the beginning of last year with Bean, too.  We had just moved to Florida and I was looking for a job, so I kept Bean home with me until I found one.  During that period,…

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The Sacrificial Laundry Wench

Laundry is my nemesis. It’s like the house guest that just won’t leave. I stumble over it.  Climb over it.  Cry over it. And, yet, it continues to sit there in gigantic piles and taunt me. I know what the problem is, too.  It’s my laundry room.  And I’m using the term “room” here very loosely.  See, in this house, our laundry room is outside in the garage.  Which means that in order for me to do laundry, I have to leave the air conditioned interior of my house and…

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How Motherhood is Forcing Me Out of My Comfort Zone

Being a mom has thrust me into lots of situations where I wasn’t comfortable.  There was the whole modesty issue that I had to work through.  There was getting used to cleaning up other people’s bodily fluids as they project out of their body.  There was coming to terms with staying at home with Bean.  All of these things – and countless other examples – were situations where motherhood forced me to do things that I normally wouldn’t have been comfortable doing.  But, I’ve learned that in parenting is no…

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What I’ve Learned: How To Have a Play Date

This post is part of my series called “What I’ve Learned.”  In these posts I talk about areas of motherhood that I have learned recently.  Not that I’ve mastered them, but that I’ve learned how to navigate them better.  Victory for me! Since I’ve been staying home with Bean for the past few months, I have decided (especially after all the kind advice I got from you guys) that the best way to make the most of our days is to get out and about.  I tried getting out with…

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A Spontaneous Adventure

Last Thursday, Bean and I were out running a few errands.  We left the house around 9:00am and my plan was to be back in time for lunch.  As I was getting ready to get back on the interstate after stopping by the first of my errands, I noticed a sign that said Downtown Disney This Way, and it had an arrow that indicated it was about 10 miles away. Bean and I were supposed to leave the next morning to spend the weekend at my parent’s house, so I…

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Operation: Keep Bean Active

I have decided that the key to being a successful SAHM is to keep Bean as active and busy as possible.  Because the real key to being a successful SAHM is how often and how long you can convince your child to sleep. Horrible?  Yes.  But so very true, nonetheless. In an effort to wear my child out, yesterday I had a play date with a mother and her six month old daughter from my church.  Dawn suggested we attend story hour at Leu Gardens yesterday.  The Gardens are literally…

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