It’s Monday morning, but just barely. Lunch time is already upon me. It is my first day as a stay-at-home-mom-while-the-kids-are-in-school. It’s not permanent, of course. I probably will return to work next week. But today? It’s good. I have wanted so long to be at home and while I have come to peace with working full-time, I am enjoying this while I can. I have not ever, since I started working at 15, taken any sort of extended break beyond a week for vacation, except for the births of my first two. And then, I was a disaster and busy with a newborn.
Today, I got the kids off to school, came home and exercised and then it was my absolute privilege to finish the laundry–even iron!–vacuum, do dishes, get dinner in the crockpot, make beds and straighten up rooms. I can’t tell you how many times I have sat at my desk working, seeing all the things that need done around me and wishing I could get them done. My mom told me I shouldn’t lift a finger today and just relax. And while I do plan on picking up a book in a few minutes, this taking care of my home and family is a complete and utter joy to me today.
Is that hokey? Because it felt kind of hokey writing that. And honestly, I’m not sure I could do this 365 days a year. But really, it feels good for it to be Monday and know that I don’t have a list a mile long that I need to do to catch-up from the weekend.
And speaking of the weekend, we finished our first full week with Jac0b and the last week of summer with a bang.
My uncle, aunt and two boys were in town for the last half of the week so we spent the bulk of our time with them.
Friday we all went to Carowinds. It was Jac0b’s first time there and even though he’s not quite tall enough to ride the big rides, he was excited to ride anything someone else was. And if you remember this post, then you’ll know that excites me to no end. I have a riding partner, y’all!
Saturday we let the kids play ball and swim. Then, I was off to the Hillsong concert with my sister. If they are playing near you, please get a ticket. It’s not so much a concert as it is a 2 hour worship session.
Sunday was our norm. Although, while we were picking up last minute things for school, we ended up picking up a basketball goal for Jac0b. We’ve been planning to get one, but have really been waiting for him to show some interest. Yesterday was the day!
As you can see, Scott was a bit overwhelmed and Jac0b was super excited. He couldn’t believe we were buying all of it. I actually had to stop him from playing basketball before school this morning so I could use the time to take the school pictures.
So, they were off without an issue this morning. We had everything prepped last night, everyone woke up in a good mood and all the drop-offs went well. Lexi and Jac0b are riding the bus home and it will be Lexi’s first time. Emma is at her first day of middle school changing classes, so I’m anxious to hear all the reports this afternoon.
And before that afternoon sneaks up on me, I’m going to hop off here and go pick up that book!