A Taste of Home

I was thrilled to get the week before Christmas off of work!  Normally if I take time off during the holidays we go out of town, but this year my employer closed for the week and we had no travel plans.  So that meant I had a week at home.

Many of my friends are stay-at-home moms.  And they are all really good at it.  I’ve made it no secret that I’m not.  My biggest fear was that the week would come, the week would go, and I would realize that I had completely squandered that gift.  In an (admittedly) poor choice of words, I was determined to kick staying-at-home’s {butt}.  Because I wasn’t going to let staying-at-home win this time. 

So I made a plan.  Of all the fun things I wanted to get done during the week.

It wasn’t a crazy rigid agenda or a lengthy to-do list.  It was a daily guide.  But it worked like a champ!  I did everything I wanted to do, made some great memories, and feel like I used my time perfectly.  We baked & decorated our first gingerbread house, made chex mix, toured a few Christmas light displays, had a movie & homemade pizza night, and baked cookies for the neighbors, among other things.

It was lovely to get a taste of what it might be like to stay home and not work.  I know it wasn’t an exact taste.  I would need to have more of a routine and be more disciplined.  It wouldn’t be like vacation, which is what this week felt like.  And I would have to do crazy things like make my son eat a real lunch instead of just cookies.  But it was still a nice week.

Enough with the dreaming of a perma-vacation.  That’s not real life and we can’t afford for me to stay home anyway.  But not for the reasons you think.  It’s because staying home for me apparently requires 4 pounds of butter, 3 packages of powdered sugar, and $157.12 in baking supplies each week.  Which neither our budget nor waistlines can afford.  🙂

It also got me to thinking.  Do my SAHM friends have to be just as purposeful and planful to use their time productively and effectively engage their children each day?  Or does it come more naturally to them than it does to me?  I’d love to hear from you if you have any insight.  I’m totally curious!

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