Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Day 174 - Continue To Make Time For Family

So, I have talked a lot about the fact that I am working again. So far, we are all adjusting to the change. One thing I have failed to mention is that I have a flexible schedule. I am really lucky with that. The last 3 weeks have been a change for the kids, especially as we start summer. The kids were always used to me being home during the summer months. I have been feeling a bit guilty that I cannot give them the time that we are all used to spending together during these summer months.

My daughters have been really busy so far. Not being at home a lot because of camps that I have signed them up for. My son on the other hand, has been at home bored. He is at the age where he is a little too old for camps. He is also at the age where his friends are also at home, bored because of working parents. Because we live in a spread out suburb that makes riding bikes to friends homes impossible, these boys all seemed to be trapped at home. I feel so bad:(

Yesterday I promised my son that I would leave work at 12:00 and that we would go to a movie today. I kept my promise and at 12:00 I left work, I got home at 12:30 and we were sitting in a theatre at 1:00 to watch Super 8. It was a great movie to see with a son who loves action films.

I made a promise to myself and my family that I will not EVER put them on the back burner. When I get home, work will stay at home. When I say I will spend time with them, I will spend time with them.

Day 173 - Find Time To Work Out, No Matter What

Today I had to work 11 hours. I knew that I was going to have to put a long day in yesterday. I knew that with 11 hours at work, I was going to have to find some time to exercise. I decided that the only way I was going to find time for myself was to get up at 5:00 am and take a walk. So, that is what I did. This morning at the very early hour of 5:00 am the alarm went off and I got my butt out of bed, put on workout clothes and took a 40 minute walk with the pedometer. I heard the birds wake up and saw the sun rise. It was early, but it was a nice way to start the day.

I am not going to lie, I have tried to get up at 5:00 am, which is hard. So, an early morning workout will not be in the cards for me every day. But, I think, no, I know that on the days that I have to work a long day I can do it. I need to schedule my day to around my quest to become a healthier and happier me. If I have to carve time at the VERY beginning of the day, that is what I will do.

Day 172 - Eat Breakfast With My Little Girl

Now that I am working and the kids have camps, I don't see them nearly as much as I used to. It is hard on all of us, especially my youngest. She has Brownie Day Camp all week. So, I will see her about a grand total of 2 hours a day. That is something that is going to be hard. I decided that a good way to spend time with her would be to have breakfast with her in the morning, all summer before I leave for work. Maeghan is always up early, before the other kids, so eating breakfast together every morning will prove to be an easy way to spend time together, alone every day. I find this to be an easy way to get some extra time with my little girl as we all try to get used to this new life we are living.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Day 171 - Happy Father's Day

Today I gave my husband what he thought was a nice Father's Day. I let him sleep until 10:00 am, a luxury we all know in the world of parenting. I, however, got up early and made him one of his favorite breakfast. Eggs with chorizo sausage and cheese, toast, fruit and coffee. A very yummy breakfast if I do say so myself. His gift from all of us was a nice fold out chair to take to the kids soccer games, it even has a cup holder! We went to see The Green Lantern, a movie that I loved, thanks Ryan Reynolds!

After the movie, we came home, he had a Bloody Mary with a super spicy mix that I knew he would like, which he did. I had a glass of wine and we had some quiet time, before the kids came into the room and started in on us! Dinner was a New York Strip, baked potato, asparagus and salad. It was absolutely delicious. Sorry Eric, I know you had to do the grilling, but having me grill would cause a fire. Dessert will be a tradition on Father's Day, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Ice Cream from Baskin Robbins.

I hope my husband had a great Father's Day. I love him dearly and so do the kids. Happy Father's Day to a wonderful husband, father and provider. You make us happy every day .