Last week, I had a Mom Week. Not a Homeschooling Mom Week or a SAHM week or a Working Mom Week or even a Work-At-Home Mom Week. And I don’t mean one of those magically wonderful weeks where I got to hang out with my kids and love and cuddle and play with them without interruption. Come on, ladies, you know the kind of week I mean.
Sage House Market craft booth (Abby’s goods and mine)
That week where everything you do is done for the family you have contact with for about 4 minutes a day when all you talk about is what you have to accomplish next and how everyone is going to get everywhere and everything is going to get done. Yeah. That one. I would tell you all about it, but honestly, it is one ginormous blur that I cannot, for the life of me, remember. What I remember most is coming home from a craft show with my bestie on Saturday night and looking around at the boys I hadn’t seen in two days and basically telling them good night. Because even though it was only 9 pm, I was done functioning for the week.
Don’t get me wrong; it was a great week. I had a blast doing the craft show with Abby and Sage House Market and a lot got done on the new house and the Littles had a great learning week. What I’m saying is, I’m grateful for yesterday.
Because we’ve all had that week, haven’t we? When homeschooling or public schooling or homework clashes with activities or work or big projects and those activities clash with new ventures and by the time it’s all said and done, something got Completely Neglected or someone’s feelings got hurt and you would love it if that had not happened, but you just didn’t have the extra 2 minutes during that week to fix the problem? (Admittedly, I’ve had several weeks in a row like that, but this last one was the worst.)
So yesterday, I took a nothing day. Not a vacation day. Not a break from the family day. A nothing day. And here is what I did:
Serendipity-you know that awesome film with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale in it–came on at some point yesterday afternoon and I Sat Down And Watched It. My beautiful husband needed a little help putting up the band boards on the south side of the house, so I went and Held A Ladder. My Littlest wanted to curl up on the couch and cuddle–I Curled Up On The Couch And Cuddled My Baby. I cooked breakfast. Martin and I cooked supper together. I skipped lunch because I had no intention of cooking 3 times yesterday. I watched the Broncos game. I watched some of the Bears game. (If you don’t already know what a Huge Football Fan I am, know that one of the reasons I married Martin is that he likes football as much as I do. Go Broncos.) I got on Pinterest and found some new crockpot recipes.
I. Did. Not. Think.
I. Did. Not. Act.
In fact, I did so little that yesterday is kind of a blur, too. The good kind of blur.
Before bed, I did do one thing. I took all my guys outside and watched the lunar eclipse with them. It was pretty awesome, because we got to watch the shadow creep across the entire moon before clouds covered it up. So at least we got to see the full eclipse, even if we didn’t get to see it uncover itself. (Okay, I know that’s not how it works. You get me.) It was like having a mini homeschool science class in the dark, and everyone was awed by what we saw and learned. Middle did his thing (he’s so like his mama). He crept away until he was about 20 feet from the rest of us where he could be quiet with his thoughts. I wonder what stories he was telling himself, but because he is so like me I know to wait until he’s ready to tell them rather than ask him about them. He’s always telling himself stories. So we aren’t offended when he breaks off from the crowd.
courtesy of earthsky.org
Today, I feel recharged. I didn’t wear myself out yesterday and I got enough sleep last night. We had an amazing day in school and now I’m Finally getting to touch base with my amazing readers. For the moment, things have slowed to normal. No, I don’t have time to sit down and watch a whole movie in the middle of the afternoon, but neither am I frantically rushing from one place to another.
Thank you, Nothing Day. I highly recommend you to everyone. Nothing is more calming than nothing.
Try it some time. You need it. You deserve it.