Secret Mommy-hood Confession Saturday

I sometimes often wish I could go back to work. Full-time. 

I can barely remember what it’s like to work full-time. I can imagine it’s a little like staring at a computer screen for 6-7 hours a day, and conversing with co-workers for the other hour or two. Throw in some meetings and conference calls, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations, and that probably sums it up. But all I can think about is the quiet, alone time I would have where I could actually hear myself think. The time in the car commuting to the office would be nice. And the lunches. Those glorious lunch hours – either by myself or with colleagues – they would be the perfect way to break up the work day and I would totally enjoy them.

A wave of jealousy washes over me when my husband calls from work to tell me he has to travel. Why can’t I ever have five days to myself? Five whole days without the responsibility of making and serving three meals plus two snacks a day, changing diapers and Pull-ups, driving the kids to and from swim class and preschool, tripping over countless toys left strewn about the house, and refereeing various squabbles over stolen puzzles/books/younameittheyfightoverit. Five days to read books in my down time, enjoy eating out in restaurants, and even exercise at the hotel gym if I wanted to. Sounds heavenly to me.

Don’t get me wrong, when he announces he has a business trip coming up, I am not shy about laying on the guilt trip. I take full advantage of the days leading up to his trip, leaving him with the kids for “quality time” while I get a pedicure, go on a long run, or take a few hours to do some window {or actual} shopping for myself. It’s my way of preparing myself for the days and nights of exhaustion that I will most eloquently endure solo.

And we survive. Somehow, we make it through the week without Daddy. It helps that I have close friends and my in-laws close by, and they usually  offer to help when they know I’m on my own. I seriously do not know how single parents do it. I have a huge amount of respect for them – it’s hard work raising kids on your own.

When he gets back we have a happy reunion full of lots of hugs and kisses. We hear about the latest city he’s visited, he doles out souvenirs to the kids, and I promptly sneak out the laundry room door to the nearest coffee shop with my library book in hand so that I can recover from the week’s escapades over a nice warm cuppa.

I’ve gotta get my me-time, or I would not survive as a Mommy. Plain and simple.

Sending love and prayers to Kim for a speedy recovery from gallbladder surgery. Glad that sucker is finally gone! xoxo

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Five Things Friday

I’ve been lacking inspiration lately, so I decided to take a few days off from blogging and Twitter to re-group. Joy from Joy the Baker – one of my favorite baking blogs – had some great suggestions for post ideas, so I thought I’d run with one of them today and do a simple list of five of my favorite things lately.

  1. The HydraCoach water bottle – A few months ago I was waking up with headaches and was pretty sure it was because I was not drinking enough water during the day. A friend had pinned this and I decided to bite the bullet and just pay the $27 to get one so that I’d know exactly how many ounces I was taking in and I have got to say – it was totally worth it. It’s now a game for me to see if I can get past my goal of 59 oz before the end of the day. The headaches are gone and I am fairly certain it was due to upping my H2O intake. I’d say it was a good investment.
  2. Picked up Bloom at the library this week and I haven’t been able to put it down. Kelle’s ability to pour her heart and soul out in words on paper, on her blog, and in the gorgeous photographs throughout the book is amazing. Such a beautiful story about learning how to love again. Can’t wait to finish it to return it to the library so that another person can enjoy it was much as I am.
  3. WholeFoodsMarket.com – when we started juicing last week, I began searching for organic food markets in our area. Unfortunately, we don’t have one in our town, but there is a Whole Foods store about 30 minutes away. They were advertising a free weekly class on plant-based eating, so I called and asked if I could join in. It was a two hour class – half lecture, half cooking demonstration. I learned how to cook lentils and how to make an easy and very yummy mango lime sorbet. While I was there, I picked up some organic granola, plain fat-free Greek yogurt, raw organic honey, and blueberries and threw them together the next day for a post-workout snack. YUM.

    I am in love with their website because it has a TON of awesome recipes which are rated by users and people comment on how to adjust or alter the recipe, which is really nice. My favorite thing about it is that it has a virtual recipe box, so you can save ones you’d like to try without having to print them all out.

  4. The healthier eating habits our family has started to adopt over the past week since we bought the juicer.I’ve been slowly transitioning the kids off processed foods, and we are eating so much more of the healthy stuff – fresh fruits and veggies – than we used to in the past. I’m making a fresh veggie juice every morning which I split with my husband. He takes it to work to drink mid-morning and I have it usually when I’m out on the go with the kids before lunchtime.

Although he’s been slower than me to adapt to this big change, he’s starting to get into it more each day. Last weekend he made a vegetarian chili from scratch which was absolutely delicious. My sweet tooth has diminished significantly since jamming my diet with plant-based foods, but I did have a craving yesterday for chocolate chip cookies. So the kids and I ended up making a small batch with organic Spelt flour and agave nectar instead of sugar and they turned out pretty good if I don’t say so myself. I do want to keep the 5 pounds I’ve lost off though, so I need to keep my cookie-eating to a minimum. Which takes me to my next thing…

5. The 30-Day Shred- This video was created by Jillian Michaels in 2008, and man, do I wish I would have found it back then. It’s a 20-minute workout which is divided into three circuits: cardio, strength, and abs. What I love about it is that you’re never doing one exercise for more than sixty seconds. I can do anything for 60 seconds, so it goes by so incredibly fast for me. {Bought it on Amazon for $4.99 and play it on my laptop while blaring Katy Perry radio on Pandora via the ipad. I can only take so much of Jillian, if you know what I mean.}

I’ve been making it a habit to do it every afternoon around 3:30pm which is when the kids wake up from their naps. I give them a snack and they’ll sit and watch me do it, sometimes even getting in on the fun themselves too. {My daughter is hilarious when she does a push-up. She squats down, puts her hands on the floor in front of her feet, and kisses the carpet. Love it!}

I feel stronger, and think that I can definitely see a difference in my arms. My waist feels like it’s firming up, and overall I just feel good. I’ve only been doing Level 1, but am planning on moving up to Level 2 in May. The goal is to do Level 2 in May, Level 3 in June, and then maybe move on to do P90X in July.

So there you have it folks, the Five Things I’m Lovin’ on this Friday.

Happy Weekend everyone!!!

Wordless Wednesday

Just another day at the playground.

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{Also linking up with Live and Love Outloud, And Then-She Snapped, The Paper Mama and Baby Baby Lemon!}

The most important words

{Words}

I am the type of person that needs to hear certain words at times in my life. If I don’t, I feel lonely and sad. If I do, I am able to persevere, no matter how difficult the challenge I am faced with.

{I am sorry}

{I support you}

{It’s going to be okay}

{I missed you}

{Money is not important}

{We can get through this}

{I am here for you, no matter what}

{I love you}

To me, those last three words are the most important, by far. They can substitute, in a pinch, for all the others, and they make those other phrases even more warm and fuzzy when said together.

But for me, if I never heard any other words in my life but “I love you”, I’d get along just fine.

I make it a point to say it to my husband and kids throughout the day because it makes everyone feel good. To know you are loved has got to be one of the best feelings in the world. I know it is for me.

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