Last week I had more free time in the history of my motherhood career than ever before.
All of the kids were off with grandparents, and, I’m not going to lie, it was glorious. The house was clean, quiet and I did something I hadn’t done in years… NOTHING!
In preparation for the mass exodus of the Schupbach house, I had a laundry list of to-do items. Whether it was fold the clothes or reorganize the play room, I had every intention of getting things done while the kids were out of the house, but when push came to shove it just didn’t happen.
It all started when my Mom came to pick up our youngest. He was the last one to fly the coop, and I immediately started working on that to-do list. The first item on the agenda was “walk the dog.” We have two dogs, but our youngest pup Millie is a super excitable 18-month-old rescue that we affectionately refer to as “toddler dog.”
She is adorable but needs a good amount of exercise to keep her antics at bay. So, first things first: Walk the dog. Once we were both good and tired, a thought popped into my head: “Sit down, put your feet up. You deserve it!”
The next thing I knew I was remote in-hand, binge-watching Army Wives on Netflix. For the next couple of days, I stayed up late, ate junk food and didn’t get out of bed until after 10 a.m. I basically lived like a teenager, and had the best time ever!
One of my favorite quotes is from the French Impressionist Paul Cezanne, “We live in a rainbow of chaos.” Kids or no kids, this is so often how I think of life.
I've been given some beautiful opportunities, and I couldn’t be more grateful, but it keeps the pace of life moving awfully fast, and borderline frantic at times. It’s not that I want to change anything, because I don’t, but somehow it helps me to see things as a "rainbow of chaos," rather than a terrible tornado.
We lead busy lives and most of the time our days are already full before breakfast, and that’s a tough way to live. It’s hard to stay on high alert all the time, so, if you end up with a chance to kick back and relax I highly suggest going for it and cutting yourself a little slack.
Unfortunately, my to-do list didn’t get any shorter last week, but, then again, does it ever?
Jordan Schupbach is a mother of three living in the Houston area. She blogs at www.lattesandliving.com - sharing the good, the bad and the frenzied.