On Friday night Stephen, the boys, and I went out to dinner. We were talking about my career as a social worker and joking about how it was seriously on the back burner. As we talked, I realized that my real career was as a Mom/homemaker. I don't know why its taken me two years to realize this, but having been so focused on my career prior to kids and having LOVED the job I left to be a Mom, sometimes it is easy to lose sight of or minimize the importance of my role as Stephen and George's Mom. I realized as we talked that in the close to two years that I had worked in the home (and part time out of the home) I had not had a real day off. So I joked with Steve that I wanted a vacation day. My husband, who really is wonderful (I know it annoys me at times too), agreed and said it was time for me to take a day off and leave the boys. Shortly afterward, he said that if I got a day off then he got to do my year end review! Only if I get to write comments.
That got me to thinking about what I would do on my day off. Go to the movies alone? Lay in bed? Read the newspaper in bed? Hmm, oh the possibilities. As a Mom the things I miss most are having things that are my own, mostly my time. Now my biggest priority is my kids' needs. Having such little guys we are either on the go, or at home sleeping (with me cleaning, doing the laundry, preparing dinner), but of course the two rarely seem to be on the same sleep schedule during the day. So most of all I would just like to have time that's my own without strollers, groceries, dinner, meals, etc. The sad truth is I probably wont take a day unless my husband makes me and even if I did I would probably spend it missing my three boys!
Any suggestions on how I can spend my day alone? Have any of you had a day off? How have you spent your day?