Monday, February 02, 2009

Ok...maybe I complained just a bit.

But I couldn't help it. Really I couldn't. My spirits had just been dampened.

You see, I work three days a week. I desperately want to be a part of my kids life. I realize the moments are fleeting and I want to be there, live and in person, each and every moment. Of course this isn't possible. But working three days allows me a healthy balance. Everyday I am home, I try to take Miss L to school and Mr B and I hang out with each other until time to go and get her again. Each time school is out for a holiday or vacation day, I try and change my schedule to allow me to be home with her.

However, last week a snow/sleet "storm" arrived in our area. I was off on Monday and the snow arrived Monday night.

Tuesday, Miss L was out of school. I had to work.

Wednesday, Miss L was out of school. I had to work.

Thursday, Miss L was out of school. I had to work.

Are you seeing a pattern here? I was so discouraged. My three days of work were lining up to be the three days my daughter was out of school. I was pouting. A lot. Instead of seeing the "up" side, which was that my husband was able to spend three days at home with our kids, I could only see that I was missing out on the fun.

What could I do? I tried to be optimistic. I tried to cram in some "fun mommy" time when I arrived home from work. But in the end I just found myself praying that they would cancel school on Friday so mommy could FINALLY have snow much fun with the kids. (Oh, aren't I witty?)

Do you know what? I think that God was tired of my whining, too. And do you know what else? I was sure glad that he was.

On Friday we made a snowman.......

....the kids showed me the "cool" sled that their daddy had made...... (side note: I did not participate in sledding on this way cool contraption)

I did, however, participate in sledding. And I took pictures too! Can you say, "multi-tasker"?

Building the snowman was fun, as was the sledding. But the most fun by far was spending time with my husband and kids. That was unparalleled.

Just a final thought: I sincerely hope that this post doesn't create a frenzy of people rushing to their local MFA to find my lovely green coveralls (and boots....and vigortone stocking hat). People, please keep your senses about you and give them time to restock. Thanks.


ExamBo said...

I am sooooo jelous! I would love to have been outside making a snowman and sledding. See the things you miss when you live in the city and have to go to work every day! Loved the pictures, the kids were really cute.

Marlana said...

Your feelings are completely natural. Don't be so hard on yourself! When you don't get to spend enough time with your kiddos, remember how blessed you are that you get to spend as much time with them as you do. They will remember the time you spent sledding way more than they will the three days you had to work. Plus, you can't beat Daddy as a stand-in, right?

By the way, I'm jealous! Audrey and I spent so much time baking and enjoying our goodies that I couldn't fit into your cute outfit or onto the sled if I wanted to.

The Sour Kraut said...

You're a better mom than I am. Our boys had two "windchill days" and I was crabby because they were home with me! We are so sick of the snow here in the Chicago area, none of us want to go outside at all anymore.

And I agree with Mariana, you're too hard on yourself.