Today was officially the very first day in 10+ years that I do not have a kid "at home." Sure I have had them all gone for a night or two... heck one time I made my escape for an entire weekend before I was drug back to reality (kicking and screaming of course). But today my youngest joined the ranks of the others as a "school kid" and for almost 4 hours I was kid free. It was amazing.
Unfortunately our school only offers half day for pre-schoolers. No matter much I begged they refused to keep her the second half. So, alas, my youngest spawn is home by noon. But I will take what I can get. Nearly 4 hours of freedom, 5 days a week?? I think YES!!
I am sure you are all curious as to how I spent those 4 hours. Here is a break down...
7:45 Dropped off spawn 3 (S3) at pre-school. Hugged her, kissed her, took her picture. Then ran like hell for the truck
7:47 Pulled up to the local store, got a root beer. Chatted up the store clerks.
7:53 Pulled into the driveway. Just sat there. Me and the significant other (SO). Staring. No words, just silence.
7:59 SO leaves to head to location and I get out of the truck and sort of walk around the yard in circles looking for S3.
8:04 Post picture of S3 at school online.
8:11 Check for comments on photo
8:16 Check again.
8:23 Call a friend and chat... about nothing
8:42 Sit on the swing on the porch
9:01 Update my online status to "Bored"
9:13 Finally get off swing and go inside
9:16 Start cleaning out closets. Clean under beds. Sweep and mop. Straighten my desk. Find my missing charger for my laptop.
10:42 Return to the porch and sit on the swing some more.
11:03 Check clock for the 9 thousandth time to make sure I have not missed my 3 alarms some how. Don't want to be late picking up S3 on the first day... we will save that for next week ;)
11:12 Check the clock one last time and decide "that's close enough to 11:30" and head to the school.
11:13 Arrive at school (yeah it is not a long hike)
11:14 Join all the other mommies in the hall who were also worried about being late...
11:43 Finally take possession of S3 and head home.
All in all the day was BORING and entailed cleaning which I do NOT like doing. I figured that I better find a hobby before I got hooked on the cleaning gig. There is a reason I refer to myself as a Stay At Home Mom even after the kids are gone... Housewife or Homemaker just sound like I should be doing alot of cleaning/baking/cooking... I prefer SAHM because all that is obviously included in that is taking care of the kids. If I clean the house it is extra, not expected :)
Now S3 is asleep (coloring and making friends is hard work) and I am alone on the computer. S1 and S2 will be ready to be picked up in an hour. I guess I better use this last hour wisely so I will wrap this up. I need to get my Boards organized on Pinterest :D