Weekends = Days Off… Right?

I typically wake up between 3 o’clock a.m. to 5 o’clock a.m. EVERY single day with Charlie’s bony little paws digging into my back or him taking up my complete foot space of our queen size bed. I’m left laying on my quarter of the bed in a sad fetal position of discomfort.

<SIGH> Mental note: Have husband take Charlie to get his toenails cut! ASAP!

Anywho… I used to live for the weekends.  Those were the days when it was all play and relaxation.  Two Glorious Days of doing whatever crossed my path… Yeah, like I said, those were the days… before I had a job, before there was homework… I guess the time line would put it at grade school?

Now as I have become an adult, married, and mother of my Lil Lady and Charlie, the weekends have just become a different sort of CRAZY! Don’t get me wrong, I love my life!! I just wish it was a bit more balanced. But it is what it is and my husband and I are managing it well and consider it a work in progress.

I have your standard weekend of Saturday and Sunday off. My hubby, on the other hand, has Monday and Tuesday, at least for now anyway as it changes occasionally when they have to rebid for their shifts.

We try to sleep in on Saturday and Sunday, since my hubby doesn’t have to be into work until later, so the alarm will go off at 8 o’clock a.m. Unless of course Lil Lady forgets to turn off her alarm and it goes off at 6:15 am… oh but wait… for me, my alarm goes off at… please go back and reread paragraph one of this post… Yep! 3 o’clock a.m. to 5 o’clock a.m. EVERY SINGLE DAY !! Oh Charlie!… It’s a good thing I love you so much!!

So if I decide to drag my backside out of bed early, which doesn’t happen often, I would have a good solid couple hours of me time or me and Charlie time doing whatever is on my to do list that I can do quietly. So I end up reading! Not on my to-do list.

Eight o’clock a.m. rolls around and we get up and start to perform the weekend daily ritual… Breakfast!! My favorite meal and LOTS of coffee! Of course, the Lil Lady ends up sleeping in until 9 o’clock a.m. which then becomes SECOND BREAKFAST!! I promise we aren’t Hobbits…

As the hubby goes off to work, I start the endless to-do list I have created for myself. On the weekends, I deal with swim lessons, laundry, Lil Lady’s laundry, grocery shopping, gardening, yard work, house cleaning, extra errands, doctor appointments, dentist appointments and, and… Yes, I try to cram this and more all on Saturday and whatever doesn’t get done rolls over to Sunday.

Sunday, is the day that I try and focus on ABSOLUTELY  NOTHING!! said Me NEVER! Basically, it never happens. The Lil Lady has managed to master it very well for herself. She is content and satisfied being in front of her laptop, reading, or whatever all day long. Me, on the other hand, is finishing up Saturday’s overflow and Sundays to do list.

Is it naptime yet? I missed mine yesterday…

The weekends had to be replanned… I had overbooked myself to the point I no longer had time for myself. My SOUL was STARVING for attention! I had been doing this scheduling thing for so long, I no longer knew what would make me relax or how to relax.

The To Do List needed a makeover!

Even though Saturday’s overflow still winds up on Sunday, I now schedule in ME time. I let my creative take charge. I decorate my planner, as it has become more like a hobby. I don’t really need a planner. I have my phone but I can’t put stickers on it. Ha! Ha! I scheduled in my hobbies, my SOUL revival, my enrichment, and my relaxation. If you want to call it SELFISH, so be it. I’m being selfish!! Walk in my shoes and you’ll be happy I scheduled Sundays the way I did… Even though it just started this weekend, we will see how it turns out…

The moral of my story: don’t be afraid to take down time, your SOUL, your BRAIN, your BODY needs it and you deserve it! And it’s healthy! Who could deny you for wanting to be healthy? Right?

Special Thanks goes out to Ginger Nicole Baker for making me realize I need to take time for myself!

Let Me Introduce Myself…

I told you I was a procrastinator…oh wait…just a second, text coming in…ok, maybe easily distracted too.  Some moron trying to get me to confirm my identity to my Facebook account over a text!  Seriously??  I’m not stupid!… move along <insert your choice word here>!

Anyway, I thought I would take a moment to introduce myself.  As you might have guessed, I am a working mother and wife.  My life is often times CRAZY with MY work schedule, my husband’s work schedule, and the Lil Lady’s work…oh wait…she is in school.  She doesn’t work yet…but if I blink, life may fast forward on me and it’s possible I may find that she does.  I mean look at the month of April…it’s the 22nd already!!!  Where did it go??

I think I can hear some of you nodding your heads in agreement.  Am I right?

My husband and I have been married almost fifteen years.  I guess it would be fair to say we aren’t each other’s firsts. We both had at least one practice run before we met.  We are happily married as we try to figure out this “adulting” thing and being parents to our lovely nine year old and 2 year old chihuahua. It’s a challenge but I think we’ve got this!

For the time being, the Lil Lady attends public school, but we have decided to start homeschooling in the fall.

Yes!!! Another schedule change I need to figure out and work around but in the end we feel it is for the best!

Our lives are filled with constant activity that we adjust to at a moments notice.  Changing work schedules, school schedules, Lil Lady’s extracurricular  activities such as swim, art, Bowka class, talent show practice, and student council meetings…

<GASP>

Let’s not forget about family drama with aging parents, family squabbles, birthdays, anniversaries,  and holidays…OH MY!

You probably see why I ramble a lot…  Well, I hope you know, you are not alone out there.  I get it…it’s tough.  I hope you enjoy and are entertained by my ramblings.  I can certainly say I can giggle about some of them NOW, may not of at the time, and hope you can relate to some of my stories and find humor in your own life.

I’m always having to remind myself to slow down, relax, and breathe.  Don’t forget to take a break every now and then too… We all deserve it!

Creative Wonderlust| The Ramblings of A Mother, Wife, …Wait…What? A Career Too!!!

I have always admired those who could write their thoughts down on paper.  Their ability to captivate their audience and transport them to another place or time.  I often wonder if I could ever do that with my writing.  I guess this is my test, my “creative” screaming to be released.  “Wondering” if I can follow suit…”lusting” for a blog that may possibly be entertaining enough to gain a following.

Eeeek!  That’s it!  My title!!!  CREATIVE WONDERLUST!!

The Urban Dictionary defines Wonderlust as a word to describe the stage in a relationship or phase of love when you are not sure if you are lusting after or actually in love with someone.

But I say, why not something???

(heavy sigh)

Who am I kidding?  I am a procrastinator when it comes to writing.  I have always waited until the last minute to write term papers, essays, and short stories.  The anxiety, stress, the worry….STOP!!!

It is time for MY Creative to emerge!! Nothing is going to stop me!  I’ve got this!

Please stay tuned for my brand new, first time blog:  The Ramblings of a Mother, Wife, …Wait…What?  A Career Too!!!