Friday, August 23, 2013

Dear Home Alone


Dear Home Alone,

It's been a few days.  A few quiet, serene, and productive days.  Days where my only interruption was having to eat lunch.  (Hmmm, the thought of that!)  Sometimes I think about what the kiddos are doing in school, but mostly, I'm enjoying you--my new normal.  Here is my #TopTen list of things I learned from being Home Alone:


10. The best moment of the day is when the kiddos get off the bus (or are being picked up by yours truly).  We hug, we kiss, we ask how was your day.  Then, from there, it all sorta goes downhill.  #BackToReality

9. The worst moment of the day is the Morning Madness, also known as getting-two-kids-out-the-door on time.  This year, I'm packing lunch for two, which isn't all that much more work, except for keeping straight who asked for what and what goes where.  #ChaoticAssemblyLine

8. Never believe the words I'm not tired, lest you think a child won't enter the front door melting down the way an ice cream in a cone melts in the blazing sun.  More hugs and kisses, served with ice cold watermelon for the hot-n-sweaty not-tired child.  #MommyMagicAtWork

7. My home is a never-ending list of things to do.  I look around the house and can easily find ten projects (that I will never get to).  They're always there, from the urgent (full kitchen sink to piled-high laundry) to the less-paramount (sort donation items and throw out junk).  #LightlessTunnel

6. I run a considerable risk of not feeding myself lunch when the kiddos are not around.  Like I said, having to eat is my new interruption.  Which can be good since my summer collected so many extra calories from those frozen dessert treats.  Kidding.  #MyNewPortionControl

5. That, or I run the risk of eating too much when Dear Husband texts-me-out for a lunch date, which, exciting because I cannot remember the last time we had lunch alone on a weekday.  And it was such a momentous occasion that I wore a pair of casual heels to lunch... only to bring some casual flats cuz I had to go grocery shopping afterward.  #IAmShamGlam #DorkIsMe

4. With all this "free time," one of my top priorities is to carve out a routine so that I can get to the gym.  #Sweariously

3. Of course, that holds true until I get those sub jobs calls at 5:30 AM, which derails any exercising routines I might have tried to plan.  #BestExcuseEver

2. I am indubitably, undoubtedly, and positively a Homebody.  I can stay home for days without feeling cabin fever.  I like to be by my lonesome self sinceI have many voices inside my head to chat with so I can store up enough tranquility for evening hell family time.  #MeMyselfAndI

1. Which is also why I love the return of our glorious evening hours.  School takes good care of my kiddos, and they are snoring nice and early (compared to our summer vampire hours) these nights.  #MajorFistPump


So, Dear Home Alone, my first week was a good transition.  But now that it's the end of the week, I'll have my family back for two days.  As I sit around waiting for subbing assignments, I hope that I'll be seeing you only on a part-time basis soon.  Well, have a great weekend, and see you next week!

Sincerely,
Me


14 comments:

  1. It's always so exciting for the kids when a new school year starts. But, I'm beginning to *get* why it's equally as exciting for the parents. =) Figuring our your new routine is a very good problem to have!

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    1. Indeed, it is, Nilsa! My motto will have to be: anything goes! Because as soon as I looked at the schedule for the Y, I just got 2 sub assignments, of course! :) I will soon find out how big of a load I can carry on all fronts!

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  2. What?! They get a different lunch? Lucky kids! Lol on the #sweariuosly tag! It's like when you have nothing urgent to do, like take care of kiddos, you want to do nothing. And when they're around, you want to get every thing done. Ironic. Well, enjoy the new normal and the you time!

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    1. Hi, Lisa, I'm lucky that my kiddos actually *like* leftovers, so I'll gladly reheat it, or slap together a sandwich for them. Or they can have school hot lunch, so they just have to tell me/us in advance, and we're all good. I am trying to find a good balance between me-time and getting-things-done time. Of course, I have to catch a couple of curve balls while I'm at it, too. :)

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  3. Sandra, I'll be hearing the crickets starting next week and since I haven't had any luck finding a permanent position anywhere I'm thinking about substitute teaching! In the meantime I'll miss mu babies.

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    1. Hi, Susi! Were you a teacher before as well? How come I didn't know that? Will you start subbing this school year? We'll have to trade stories! I hope you and your kids all have a great back-to-school week!

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  4. I had to laugh at the early bedtimes. Around here, there isn't much begging to stay up later once school starts. In fact, tonight, my older son went to bed early because he was totally wiped out after an overnight backpacking trip with the Boy Scouts.

    My work at home days are so much more relaxing without the kids hanging around the house fighting all day.

    You're much better than I am - I wouldn't even make any claims about fitting in the gym...I'm way too lazy for that :)

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    1. I love the early bedtimes, Janna! I'm always fearful that the kiddos are not getting enough sleep, so I drill-sergeant them at night like no other. AND I actually have time to read again! Don't compliment me on the gym yet, my dear, cuz it hasn't happened so far! :) Have a great week!

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  5. This will be me next year.
    A FULL DAY of silence.
    And I am kind of not looking forward to it.
    Unless you and I meet for lunch.
    Then I will totally be DOWN with this.

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    1. You won't look forward to it until you're actually in it. And then you won't know how you ever lived with ALL THE NOISE. Then we get together for lunch and there will be NO going back. :) One day we're gonna make this lunch date happen, Kari! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  6. Now that school's back in session, weekends will be even more precious! :-) Being a sub has to be one of the hardest jobs there is. You're a rockstar for everything you juggle!

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    1. Am I ever glad to see this comment, Chrisor! Today was my hardest sub assignment ever so far. It was a rough day, so this really makes me feel understood. Don't worry, I'm still chipper and happy to be a sub nevertheless. Also, we definitely love our weekends, and totally treasure the time we have together! Thank you for making me smile tonight!

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  7. No. 7 is true here as well, except that I have learned to ignore some chores that are yelling to be done. Just look at our garden now - it's all overgrown with weeds and all.

    I wish I can say #6 for myself. The moment I think that way, I know I can shed a few extras that just cling to me no matter how I wish them gone.

    However, I can say that I am a Homebody for as long as I am in my own home and not vacationing in somebody else's.

    ~Imelda :-)

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    1. We just have to have priorities when it comes to chores, Imelda. And I definitely prefer my own home to anywhere else--there's really no place like home (and my own bed and pillows)! :) Thanks so much for coming by and reading!

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