Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Gimee A Break!!!

Being in Tennessee with all our family 13 hours away, I don't do much without my kids. I go to the gym or run a few times a week, but to do this alone requires me to get up at 4:30 (Yes, 4:30 in the morning, which is really in the middle of the night!) to get back before Brent has to leave. Date nights are few and far between, because by the time we pay for a babysitter for 3 and a meal, etc. we've spent a small fortune. Most errands and shopping have to wait until the weekend. I have to be pretty desperate to go grocery shopping with all three kids (or even just the 2 boys). I'm sure many of you can relate. I usually have one running away from me or trying to steer my cart into shelves and displays, pulling numerous things off the shelves and into or out of my basket, one talking non-stop and explaining in length why we need this or that, and one trying every possible maneuver (sometimes successfully) to get out of the basket with the little safety belt attached. It is not my idea of fun!
I know that there are MANY who are in the same situation with no help, and even single moms (don't know how they do it). So I'm not really complaining, I'm just sayin'..........

But this last week I got a little break and some "me" time, and Brent and I got a little "us" time. Last Saturday night we went out for our anniversary. We just went to a really nice restaurant in Nashville and took our time and enjoyed eating without having to get up to get something for someone twelve times in ten minutes or breaking up a fight or holding a child who is eating off our plate while we tried to eat. It was really nice.

The babysitter took a quick pic before we left.
Also this week Mother's Day Out/ Pre-School at our church started! YIPEEE!!! They go twice a week for a few hours. Tuesday I had several errands to run. It is just SOO much easier not having to load and unload kids each time you stop, not to mention taking them in with you. I went to Target for a few things and just strolled around and took my time. I didn't do anything exciting, but it was nice. It is sure easy to take it for granted when you have grandparents or family always willing to babysit for date night or even for a trip to the store.

I tried to take a few pictures of the boys before their first day at MDO and did NOT have much luck. I was going to take one of them together, then separately and one with Rhett with his back pack. These were the two pictures I got. I could see how the photo shoot was going to go pretty quickly, so I just stopped. Maybe another day.


5 comments:

Katie said...

Oh girl, I know how you feel. My family is not 13 hours away and I do have Annie but she has her own three to deal with so needless to say don't really ever have time to do anything without the kids. And babysitting is so dang expensive. I can remember the last time I took the boys to the store and then vowed that I would just go at 10 pm before doing that again! People don't know how nice they have it to have grandparents so close to watch their kids. I know two of my sisters don't have a clue how nice they have it!;)

Kara said...

We don't do it too often either. I just run errands when as many of them are in school as possible. This summer with all 4 at home and being preggo, I have learned a valuable lesson...God wants me to enjoy being at home and will provide the $ for a sitter so I don't LOSE MY MIND! We will have help once school starts for after school time too, just until I get in the swing of things. It is SO important to get that me time, and couple time! Glad you guys could do it! Enjoy the boys being at MDO, so wish we had one here!

Leslie said...

Loved this post! I could totally imagine you walking around the store with your kids doing your shopping, what a funny picture you painted for me. I guess I have it easy since both of mine are older and now that they are in school it's time to breathe easy. Happy Anniversary, love the picture, you clean up quite well =o)

Tisha said...

My parents live in the same town as me, but are so busy it's hard to find a time when they are available to help and Scott us home etc. I don't have money for a sitter, but I really wouldn't trade it for anything, they will be grown and not need me before I know it and I'll have too much alone time!

The Garvie Family said...

I'm glad you got to enjoy a little break. Ryan and I were just talking about how rare it is for the two of us to do something without the kids. We even discussed going on a weekend trip...I'm sure it is just crazy talk and will never happen but it was fun to think about!!