Thursday, July 5, 2012

when's Mama's lunch break?

Alternately titled: so much fun in the sun

It's been a month now, since I resigned (or retired as one of my friend's calls it) from my pastoral job. I'll be starting nursing school at the end of August, but in the meantime we've hit the ground running with summer fun!  Next week I plan to post some recaps of the last month. This blog serves as our family journal also, and I don't want to lose these moments. Although I have quite a few photos, I want to add the words before the details get blurry.

The transition into being a stay-at-home-mom has been relatively easy. I am cherishing these days with them. I have been a much more patient mommy and have been able to keep up better with household stuff as well.

We've been going from one fun activity to the next!  We've been to Legoland, the beach and Bay several times, swim lessons, Fine Arts camp, swimming and more.  There is still much fun to be had. Next week Miss Rose goes to Sports Camp each morning.  Also coming are Vacation Bible School, Summer Camp for Miss Rose and a family Disneyland trip.

The one thing I'm having to learn is to find my down time during the day. If I keep moving all day long, I'm too burnt out at the end of the day. I'm not very good at taking that down time. There is always something to do during the day and when the kids are having rest time, it's a great opportunity to clean, do laundry and other household stuff.

There really is no such thing as a lunch break when you are a mom.

But I think most mom's need them, even if we don't want to take it. There is a reason why state law requires a lunch break after so many hours of work.  And being a mom at home is no different.

So I'm working at being efficient with my time and not leaving too many tasks for later in the day. That way I feel like I can sit and eat lunch and have a little down time--like blogging right now.  I miss writing and blogging, but haven't figured out my prime writing time. Because I run many mornings, that's not ideal. And our nights are later during the summer with various activities. When it's 9pm or later by the time the kids are in bed (instead of 7:30 and 8pm) my brain has absolutely nothing left.

The kids and I will have great tans by the end of the summer, that's for sure!

Hope your summer is going swimmingly as well.