Ah, I’m sad to say my kid free week of carefree, unscheduled, restful nights has come to an end. I’m back in Texas to grab the babes and visit with our family for a week and as much as I’m loving all the snuggles, I wouldn’t have minded a tiny bit longer break.
So how was it? It was amazing… if you have parents or sisters or whomever that are willing to take your kids so you can have a break, I highly suggest it. My mother-in-law actually brought up the idea to me and at first I was hesitant, not because I thought she couldn’t handle it or that I would miss the kids too much or all those logical reasons, my hesitation stemmed from knowing how much work 3 year old twins are when you are saddled with them 24/7. It’s exhausting. It’s beautiful, but so so exhausting. And as much as I needed the break, I was worried it would be a burden and that she felt like she had to do this (she knew how exhausting the previous 4 months had been with Ryan’s schedule)
She assured me she WANTED to do this so I agreed. I mean after all, studies do show that grandparents who watch their grandchildren live longer… ha.
They flew out here to take the kiddos back to Texas and from what I heard, my little SoCal babes had no trouble fitting right in and enjoying the Texas Hill Country.
What did I do… well I had my days planned out and a mile long to do list of things I’ve been putting off because I simply haven’t made them a priority. There are things I know I can’t do while the kids are around so I save them until later… well, later turns into tomorrow which inevitably results in it never getting done. I am terrible at starting projects and getting side tracked and never returning… my brain just goes so much faster than my body. So I planned on finishing all those things this week, along with a few work projects and a few back logged blog posts that I’ve been meaning to write and I got about 2 of those things checked off my to do list. (palm to face)
Monday rolled around and the babes were off to Texas, after I dropped them at the airport, I headed to a working lunch date with a friend and started checking off Monday’s to-do’s… then I went home and this is where my to-do list really went out the window. I laid down and closed my eyes, soaking up the silence in our house on a Monday afternoon…. It had been so long since our house was silent on a Monday afternoon. It was marvelous. I closed my eyes and woke up 2 hours later… whhaaatttt just happened? I’m not a napper, y’all, even in the hospital after giving birth, I couldn’t nap, I would just lay awake staring at the ceiling. I don’t nap. But I did… and then I changed into my pajamas and the rest was history.
Rest! Sometimes we need it and we don’t even know it… this week, I decided to succumb to my body’s request to just simply rest. I slept in until 9 nearly every day. I had intentionally slow mornings with my coffee and my thoughts. I closed the computer every day at 5 and didn’t glance at it again. I binge watched a few shows, I watched several movies with my husband. I vegged! I needed it. I didn’t know I needed it. I thought I needed to finish projects and take care of the things around the house that have been driving me nuts because they haven’t been finished for months but what I actually needed was rest.
I feel refreshed and rejuvenated. The little projects around the house that didn’t get done suddenly don’t seem such a big deal. The laundry that didn’t get done isn’t really that big of a mound any more. Some progress is better than no progress and a well rested, peaceful soul, can make the world around feel at rest too! So my advice to you, if you should find yourself with a chance to escape your kids and responsibilities. You should rest! =)
And total side note, I’m completely obsessed with this jumpsuit! It’s so comfy and easy to wear, the material is raw silk and perfection! It’s not see through and no cleavage popping out when I bend over to discipline my wild children! Seriously y’all, I may get one in every color!