keeping mama in check

by eringoodman on November 20, 2009

in energy management, parenting

Last Wednesday the kids were off from school for Veteran’s Day. And although I have technically been a stay-at-home-mom for the past five-and-a-half years, I will admit to you that I often find myself trying to do whatever I can to avoid being home with my kids for any length of time. And so having an extra day with kids home sent this Mama into a bit of panic.

I quickly made plans to get us out of the house early and fill our day. 

Tuesday night as we were getting ready for bed I shared the plans with the kids. Using my most enthusiastic, life-is-swell-camp-counselor-voice, I said:

We have a lot of fun things to do tomorrow guys!

First we’re going to get up and go to a parade…

Then we’re going over to Charlie and Gwen’s for lunch…

Then we’re picking up our cousins to go roller-skating…

(I will admit that even as I was saying the words I was wondering what the heck I was thinking but I continued…)

Then we’re going to Grandma’s house for dinner.

Without hesitating, Lily looked at me and said, “Wait a minute, Mama. It sounds like we are going to be leaving our house early in the morning and not getting home until late at night. And visiting with a lot of people. And going to a parade, which can be really loud. Don’t you think that’s a little bit much for one day?”

Quinn agreed. “I like eating lunch at our house, Mama.”

In the morning I called our friends and cancelled our parade and lunch plans.

Instead we enjoyed a relaxing morning watching a movie in our jammies and planting bulbs.

And eating lunch at home

And then had a wonderful afternoon roller-skating (Quinn’s first time, Lily’s second) with Grandma and our cousins.

{This is the same rink I skated at as a kid. It hasn’t changed a bit!}

It was an absolutely perfect day. So glad these babes of mine keep this slightly nutty, adventure-loving, always-multi-tasking Mama in check!

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Hope you have a great weekend! For those who are local, the new indoor Coastal Growers Winter Market opens Saturday! 

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