Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Finally. Quiet

Finally the house is quiet. For a few moment anyway. All the kids are napping, or at least quiet in their rooms. I am so tired. I just want a break from mommy-hood for a day. I seriously need a day away. 24/7, 12 months a year for the passed 4 1/2 years... I'm tired. I'm figuring I've acrued alot of overtime and vacation days by now. *wink*
I have a question for you ladies out there. How do you find time away to regroup and recharge? And what on earth do you DO with that time away?! Please tell me! I am seriously thinking that I need to begin scheduling this away time into my month. I hate leaving my kids. I feel guilty about it. I wonder if they will all be ok while I am gone. However. I am beginning to realize that I am not operating at full capacity when I do not get that time to recharge. I am just one worn out mama that just barely scrapes through the day!
I want to do some fun things! Some days it feels like life is on hold or something. I wonder-where did all these kids come from so fast?! I want to go on some adventures-see some neat scenery. Take some great pictures. Hike some fascinating trails. Stick my toes in ice cold water. Find some out of the way place to eat and sleep. Try something new. So what do you think? Do you just go and do these things anyway? Three small kids tagging along? Or do you schedule them in for you and hubby? Or do you throw it all to the wayside til the kids are a bit older?
So here I am. Nice home. Nice yard. Nice kids. But I'm feeling sort of worn out, weary and frazzled today. Maybe it has to do with turning one year older tomorrow. Ya think?

4 comments:

  1. I forgot your birthday was so close to mine!!! I hope you have a wonderful day and get some serious time for yourself!! You absolutely need it, to be the best mama you can be. I've been guilty of not recharging often enough and the difference is obvious. Your kids will thank you for caring for yourself. =) Love, hugs, birthday best wishes...

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  2. Sarah, I can't wait til we are closer so we can take the kids overnight for you all! They can have a ball running around through all the fruit trees! I am looking forward to that!
    Meanwhile, Maybe look for some nice class to take, something artsy. I always would do that for a getaway and it is truly rejuvinating! Or, join a music or singing group. You could check out the Jeff City community center for swimming or exercise class. Do something to strengthen your brain and make you feel like an adult again! LOL! One night a week can make a HUGE diff. You may think you will be too tired, but as you drive out the road and sink into a class, you pop out of it and feel so good! Yes, take the kids hiking! Put on some packs, go up the Appalachain trail up out of Roan and camp under the stars in the grassy area! The sooner you train the kids into it, the better.
    I love you,
    Mom

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  3. Sarah, can you get a few hours away each week? The kids would enjoy Daddy time... You can go for a walk, or get a massage, or do lunch with a friend, or I've found that a trip to Walmart, ALONE and with no rush to get in and out, can be a real treat! LOL.... Try to find a sitter so you can have date night once or twice a month. I agree with your mom-- exercising would be great. Be sure and take some time alone on Sundays when Daddy is there with the kids.

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  4. Hi Sarah,
    I've been where you are, it can be tough with real little ones around, because they do need you 24/7. Mine are slightly older, I have an 8, 6, 5, and 3 year old. But I remember those days when I have 4 kids under the age of 5- there were many tough days, days I thought I'd never make it through. But I made it through, stronger and wiser, and you will too. One thing I read that impacted how I viewed my role at home was how Christ came to this earth to SERVE others. He worked on this earth 24/7, serving others. He is our example. Motherhood is the most challenging thing I've ever done, but the Bible says that God will not give us anything we can't handle, and that includes those tough days when you are exhausted and at your wits end. The most important thing I ever did was to make time for a morning prayer and Bible study, it's only through God's strength that I could make it through most days. One thing that I also made sure of was to get all the kids down for a nap at the same time. So most days I would have around 2 hours of quiet time. The other thing I would do on occasion, when I just needed a little time aways, was to take an extended grocery shopping trip. My hubby was always willing to take care of the kiddos for a few hours if I needed time away from the house. My first stop would be to a coffeehouse to just chill for a few minutes, then off to the grocery store.
    Hope that helps!

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