So, you know how a few weeks ago I told you here how my life would be changing? I thought some of you who read this blog on a fairly regular basis would like to know how it's going.
I love it.
I am P-O-O-P-E-D. But I love it.
In case you don't know, my mother-in-law living with us and spoiling me rotten by cooking, cleaning, shopping for the last four years kind of stole my household identity. I was home every night, but didn't have much to do and felt a bit lost. That's changed recently (she got a job), and here's how it's going:
I run home from work, often go the grocery store, and pick up the kids. I fix dinner. I clean up after dinner. I do homework with Aaron. All the things that wives and moms wish they had help for, I get to do again. I never thought that would make me happy, but it does. :-) (All I can say, girls, is be careful what you wish for :-))
I think my boys seem a bit better behaved. Well, except for today. But most days, they are better behaved.
I still hate going to the grocery store. But I feel good about preparing a hot meal for my family.
I think I am physically attached to my washer and dryer, because the laundry for three adults and three children is NEVER-ENDING. But that's OK, too. Now I can remember what size underwear everyone has :-)
I'm giving the baths, which breaks my back, but gives me one-on-one time to connect a little more with the littlest boys. And any backache is worth that!
There's always multitudes of little things that have to be done around the house, but now I can honestly say that I do them happily, instead of with dread and whining. I'm starting to get a system worked out, and that has led to a bit more free time, believe it or not. My writing and knitting "want-to" is slowly coming back, and that is a GOOD THING.
I think all this has even made a difference in my marriage. Not that it was bad or anything, but Jeff seems to act more appreciative than before. (Probably because I DO more to be appreciated than before!) We just seem closer. Boy, do I like that!
Of course, give me a few more months of this schedule and I'll probably be begging my mother-in-law to quit work and be here more!
But for now, I'm just enjoying being a wife and mommy again.