Thursday, March 21, 2013

TGIHH - Or Thank God He's Home!

Ready for Playing in the Snow
In case you didn't pick up on it, the kids and I have been on our own for almost 6 days.  I don't usually talk about it when the Mister is gone because I have a thing about posting it for the world to see - "Hey Susan is home alone!"  Not a brilliant plan.  Not that I think I have stalkers, but this is a crazy world now.  You just never know.  He is home now, though so I am no longer on a self-imposed gag order.

The kids and I had fun, kept busy and all, but this Mama is T-I-R-E-D with all capital letters.  It is one thing to do it M-F when the Mister is at work.  You know he will eventually be home to relieve you.  Of course, by that time, they have an hour before bed.  Nonetheless, you have a sense of "I could escape if I really wanted or needed to".  But when you are the only one and you don't have family nearby, you have 3 options - never leave your house alone, hope you have fabulous friends and neighbors (which I do!) or hire a sitter.  Single moms, I bow down!

Custom Mini-Figures
Over the last 6 days, I have done 2 of those, and since I am so tired, I am sure you can guess which 2. LOL.  I do happen to have neighbors with kids in the same age range.  They know that I am currently training for a 1/2 marathon and offered to watch the kids so I could do my long training run on Sunday.  Whew.  I had 8.5 miles to get in and knew it would be a solid 1 1/2 hours.  I really did NOT want to do that on the treadmill!  It wouldn't have been the worst thing in the world to pay for a sitter, since running doesn't cost me anything.  But it was even better to pay nothing and know it was parents that know what to do with a 5 year old and a 19 month old.  I honestly considered having a sitter another night because well, I could just use the time out of the house to get things done in a quick fashion (like address the saggy drawers I mentioned the other day, still another post!).  Unfortunately, a snow storm stepped in while I was sleeping, and my hopes were dashed. 
Water Paint!!
I will say though, we really did get a lot done and do some fun stuff in the days together.  The snow day was particularly good.  The K-Man and I customized Lego Mini-Figs with acrylic paint, thanks to YouTube.  He and I also did some sledding and enjoyed a hot cocoa together.  Mini-Me enjoyed a little water painting all over the paper, her face, the high chair, you name it.  Thankfully, water painting washes off.  She did go straight to the tub at 4pm, but she was happy.  And I made 5 dozen meatballs, sauce, a meatloaf and 2 batches of ground beef for the freezer to be used in later recipes.  Still glad to have my main man home.  Now, to get out of the house- ALONE!

Oh - and Happy Birthday to the Mister!  The big 4-0!!!

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