I have a confession to make, I hate the term "me time." I find it also hilarious because as a mom, wife, aunt, daughter, sister, esthetician, writer, and friend I've yet to experience this illusive "me time." Even if we are physically away from our work, our children, or our responsibilities, they are never emotionally or mentally away from us. My worries do not cease, my anxieties do not disappear, I am never not thinking about where I could improve, what I should be doing, the tasks that need completion, the people that need loving.
However, I must say that I enjoy moments of quiet, moments of reflection, and moments for just me. I am delighted to have partnered with Pepperidge Farm® Milano® Cookies to share how I enjoy these moments. I don't think I've ever really shared a "day in the life" type of post before, but I think it's only appropriate that I give you a glimpse into my day.
A typical day starts with an alarm that I dread most fiercely. I enjoy my sleep, but if I don't get up then all three of my kids and I will be miserable that we have to rush, risk being tardy to school, barking orders at each other. I usually wake up one child first, listen to see if the other two are awake. If not, I wake them, hear them groan about being so tired, and just needing 5 more minutes. Don't we all. The race is on to get out the door and get to two schools before their bells ring, with only 4 minutes between those two bells. It's a science, a magical science.
I return home to the chaos we left behind and start my morning chores of unloading and loading the dishwasher, making any beds that were forgotten, checking emails, sweeping the kitchen, starting a load of laundry or realizing a load had been forgotten in the washer, and tidying rooms. It's not fun to discover a forgotten lunch or a missed permission slip because then I race back to school to drop it off and then can resume where I left off. Once my chores are complete I triple check my calendar to make sure I haven't forgotten anything important on the schedule and I will start prepping for clients I will see that day, or get an article researched or written for another website.
In between clients, or PTA meetings, or writing, I will do as many errands as I can, some days I fit in one, other days zero. It might be the post office, or the bank, or a trip to Goodwill, a car wash, dry cleaning. Some days the list is quite long and I can't mark off a single thing. Other days I feel productive. Depending on what day of the week it is the kids could be dismissed at any of the following times: 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3:30 or 3:45. I fully admit I have forgotten a kid once. Or twice, so now alarms get set on my phone, still some days I look at the clock and wonder what am I forgetting. Who needs something that I'm not fulfilling?
Once everyone gets picked up, full plates of snacks, resembling meals more honestly, get prepared and eaten. Homework begins and our afternoon is spoken for. We try to be finished by the time Aaron gets home, but aren't always successful. Our afternoons can be stressful, keeping everyone on task and fulfilling everyone's needs. Aaron can read me pretty well and sometimes when he walks in the door he simply says, "I got this," and I take my leave for just a few minutes. I might go outside with a book, a snack, a cup of tea and just enjoy the quiet.
I will let you in on a little secret: Double Chocolate Milano Cookies are the best afternoon moment accessory. Usually within a few minutes, kids will start filtering outside, signaling their homework is complete. They will pick up golf clubs and balls, enjoy the backyard swing, and sometimes mosey on over to my quiet spot with a book of their own in hand. And they are the most welcome sight I could ask for.
Ultimately, a moment of quiet is welcomed and savored. But sharing in these moments with those I love are unparalleled. And there you have a day in the life. A night in the life will have to be saved for another time!
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