Days Off?

(seriously...could you leave these faces?)
So, I finally finished all my paper work, evaluated my calendar, got the approved signatures (I only needed my own), and went to turn them into my HR department. I searched the scary corner in my basement (it really is spooky), I searched the coat closet (equally scary), turns out that department has never ever existed in my house. Ever.

Okay, people, the only person I really bring this up to is Sean. Here it is: the only night I have ever spent away from Gracie (and also Jared) is....when I was having Jared...and, well, I don't think that counts. Anywho, every now and then I get an urge to break away, to be wild and crazy. Usually I just go to the mall, bookstore, or fabric store all by myself. When I'm away I feel giddy. I find myself talking a little too loudly. Even as I'm talking to the sales person I hear a voice in my head asking "why are you shouting?".

Okay, so, some might say that I'm too attached to my kids. I'm not going to argue against this. Because it's true. I love the squirts. But, here it is, my dark secret. Sometimes (as in about once every three months), I sort of check out of being a good mom. I turn the TV on (educational cartoons only), I eat cookies, I don't sweep the floor, a tornado looks as though it's landed for good right on my house, I ALMOST fall asleep while watching them play.

I sometimes feel bad about this, but I've decided I'm going to let the guilt go. Today is my pseudo day off. My kids are happy and healthy and well, I've earned C in the mom department... but as we all know...C's get degrees (that was far and away my worst and most made joke during college).

And...just for the record, I'm planning for my first night (well three) away from my kids. It's in June. I know they will be fine, but I will be a blubbering mess. Because I'm weird. I know that. I've known it for awhile.


  1. There isn't a moment's shame in taking a "C" day as a mom. Keep it real; let there be crumbs and cartoons and cookies!

    Enjoy your upcoming days off with abandon! It will make you an even better mommy!

  2. I was so that way today too! I'm still in my pajamas! And we ate cookies on the couch (gasp). Don't tell a soul!

  3. Oh, you make me feel so much better about myself! I have a hard time leaving for too long also! And it's funny how a trip to the craft store alone makes us feel like we are free as a bird and giddy as a school girls! :)

  4. Everyone needs a break now and then. We should try a girls night...all grown-up talk. Does wonders for you! Then you would actually have someone else to talk to!! :) Kids are fun and cute and we are attached to them, but sometimes they need a break from us too! I know by about 5 pm, mine are totally sick of hearing my voice! I know I am!!

  5. good for you. I know it sounds weird, but being away from my kids sometimes makes me a better mom. Oxymoron, but still true.

  6. Well, if you are only doing that once every three months then you are doing awesome! The tornado strikes our house so often, I just know one of these days I;m going to open the door to find we've landed in OZ. Which would definitely have it's perks...
    Anyway, hooray for scheduling some days off!