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Monday, August 23, 2010

Mommy Confessions Monday-We all need a little R&R!

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I got a pedicure yesterday!
 
Then I took a couple of hours and shopped by myself.
 
I didn't go crazy or anything, but I was alone for about 3 hours.
 
It was wonderful!
 
I plan to do it more often.
 

Something I told myself when we took our recent vacation (Ya know, the one where I left my laptop at home for 5 days!) was that I was going to make a conscious effort to give myself a break every week. No matter how small. I needed some time where no one was asking me a question or calling my name. Just a  chance to recharge my mom/teacher batteries. A little time to hear myself think before I have to restart my week again. So yesterday after church, I went for it and I'm so glad I did.

Leaving the house is hard for me. Well, leaving alone for a mom break is hard for me. I usually feel guilty. I feel like we should be spending that time together as a whole family when dad is off work. When I'm gone nothing that needs to be done gets done, and I usually have to pay the price of being gone. I feel a bit of anxiety about leaving, and have a hard time just enjoying the time I'm gone. I will even call hubs a bunch and check on the kids. It's not like I have newborns or anything!

If the kids and I go off and leave hubs at home he's so sweet and usually picks up here and there. It's always a nice surprise when he does, and it means a lot to me. But, if I leave him with the kids then when I get back it looks like a hurricane has gone through my house. However, it's price worth paying for an afternoon out!


A mess of toys can be picked up. A mess that a grouchy mom leaves behind can't be.

First of all, I LOVE getting a pedicure! I sat in this quiet little nail shop, read my kindle, and got pampered for about 45 minutes. It was heaven. Then I decided to take some time and go to Michael's to pick up some craft stuff for school  wher I ran into to this nice newspaper salesman who gave me an awesome deal on the Sunday paper and $15 in gift cards for siging up. SCORE! This not only gave me a great deal, but gave me some much needed coupon recharging. I'm all motivated to get my coupon supply back up. It had really been suffering for the last month. After Michaels, I ran over to Kohl's and picked up a couple new tops for myself. Which motivated me to come home and clean out my closets!

When I got home I was shocked to find...

...that everyone was happy and alive. I'm not that important. Things go just fine without me, albeit a bit messier, but fine.

We enjoyed the rest of our afternoon together. We still got that family time I was afraid I'd miss, and I enjoyed it instead of wishing I had gone out for a bit. When I got home hubs and I cleaned out all of our closets together, and later we all had a scrabble battle. It turned out to be a great family day!

As a SAHM and a homeschooling mom a breather is crucial. I made a goal to be a more enjoyable teacher for my kids than I was last year. One of the things I feel responsible for it making sure I'm refreshed and ready to take on the week. It's only been two weeks of school and I can feel the weight a little already! Usually I would wait months to go off by myself for a bit(maybe longer), and in the meantime be a grouch.

I'm glad I took some "me" time, and I'm thankful I have a husband who thinks I need it to. He basically kicked me out of the house(lovingly-LOL). Thanks, hubs! You're the best!!

Rest is a basic rule! We all need it. That's why God gave it to us. We should all take Him up on it! :)

And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. ~ Genesis 2:3




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7 Comments:

At August 23, 2010 at 8:29 AM , Blogger Jessica said...

I feel the same way every time.

Learning to enjoy alone time really is a skill... but very worth the effort. ;-)

 
At August 23, 2010 at 9:50 AM , Blogger Sara said...

LOL, I have a husband, a dog and a cat, and they'd all be dead if it wasn't for my monthly pedi and Starbucks appointment :)

You deserve the break!!

 
At August 23, 2010 at 3:13 PM , Blogger Shell said...

We really do need a break every once in a while! Glad you got to take one!

 
At August 23, 2010 at 10:45 PM , Blogger TV's Take said...

Who knew a pedicure and shopping would be SUCH a luxury - well only us moms realize that. Good for you for getting out and taking time for yourself. Now following you and thanks for following me.

 
At August 24, 2010 at 2:52 PM , Blogger DaisyGal said...

oh yes, since the boys turned 2 and can feed themselves (heheh) I have taken the time to really just go and do my own thing, even if it's just a haircut or a quick trip to the mall. I find that if I can decompress, I can home to the "hurricane" and be ok...not ready to throw myself (or someone else) off something ...because I am calm inside.

I am sooooo glad you are finding time for you. You deserve it. :)

 
At August 24, 2010 at 3:45 PM , Blogger WhisperingWriter said...

Yes, me time is very important. I know I need it. My husband is gone for a year so I won't have a lot of it but I try to get some in when the kids go to bed at least.

 
At August 27, 2010 at 12:16 AM , Blogger Eastlyn and co. said...

Hi, Adrienne-Just stopped by from Mama Hen's Nestwork. Congrats on being featured. I'm glad you took the time you needed to recharge your batteries. I read about how you hate yelling but you yell too much. Me, too. I think as moms we tend to put everyone's needs before our own and feel guilty when we take even a little time for ourselves. In reality, it's like the flight attendants' spiel before a plane takes off. In case of an emergency we have to remember to put our oxygen mask on first or we won't be in any position to help those who depend on us. Sounds like you still had a nice family time to complete your day. Good job!
Feel free to stop by for a visit: http://eastlynandcompany.blogspot.com

 

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