Gahhhh…. you guys. I’m just so happy right now. Happy from all your comments and support, happy that I’ve made a small step towards letting go of the must-do-all-the-things mantra and happy that it’s pizza Friday. Yes, life is good.
It might take me a little bit to get into the swing of things, but I’m really feeling energized about it all. So how did day 1 go?
Kaitlyn ended up sleeping in until 7:20 (do you hear the angels singing too?). When I heard her I furiously started typing out my last few words, trying to respond to just one more, before realizing that’s not the point of all of this. I hit send, turned off the office light and headed upstairs to my sweet, smiley baby that has recently taken an affinity to her soft little lovey bunny. She now holds it up with pride and a big toothy grin when I walk in the room.
By 8:00 Hailey was up and we all retreated to the kitchen for breakfast. I plugged my phone in off to the side and focused solely on oatmeal and the topics of the morning- clovers and the letter I. Kaitlyn quickly decided to try out the new oatmeal mask trend for both skin and hair. Usually I go the wet towel route, but with the extra time that somehow appeared yesterday morning, I decided to stick her in the bath instead.
Hailey found this hilarious and wanted to help with every step, from screaming (ahem, singing) scrub-a-dub-dub-DUUUUUUb while dumping water on her head to blow drying her hair.
It took a full hour to get everyone fed, cleaned and clothed, but for the first time in longer than I should admit to, both girls had on real clothes and their hair was fixed.
I said fixed, not styled. Still working on my skills.
As we were heading for the car, Hailey smiled at me and said ‘Mom, this is such a silly morning.’ At that moment, all was right in the world. That’s all I want- silly mornings with my messy family.
As the morning unfolded I fit in a bootcamp, taking Koda to her treatment and a trip for groceries and lunch (not meal planning this past week has led to more grocery store trips than I ever care to do again).
I’ll let that image be the sweet one we keep in mind because about 30 minutes later Hailey was having a full on tantrum on the car ride home, screaming something about sending me to time out. I always appreciate when she chooses to do these meltdowns in the car because she’s already strapped down, no one can see us and it gives me an excuse to crank up my jams (I’m only kind of kidding).
Nap time allowed me time to read, to get laundry done, shower, to pick up the house and make some phone calls. I was just amazed at how much time I felt like I had. It was so freeing.
We met friends at Acrofitness for an afternoon play date, which wore them out enough to make dinner and bedtime go fairly quickly and smoothly. I did a happy jig when I remembered I took the easy route for dinner.
Have you seen these meal deals from Whole Foods? They’re at the front of the store and supposed to feed a family of 4 for $19.99. Maybe David and I eat more than the average bear, but this fed the two of us. And we ate it all. Still, it was easy and tasty. Not a bad deal for a healthier take-out dinner.
And now, on this first day of spring, I wish you all sunshiny weekend full of friends, family, laughter, fresh air and hopefully a glass of wine. CHEERS!