Posted by: Maureen | March 8, 2012 | 4 Comments
I have been telling my husband for years that I wanted to find a job where I would have more time with our kids. I wanted to be able to go for walks, or to the park, after dinner. I wanted to go to dance/hockey/swimming/gymnastic and see them play. I knew I wanted more quality time with my family, I just wash’t sure how to get it.
When the perfect job fell in my lap, I jumped on it (figuratively, it’s hard to jump on your own lap).
So when the kids asked me to go to the park with them after dinner, I started to make excuses. I had to tidy up, I had to see if I could get the internet working (that was really stressing me out), and then I stopped. I remembered why I had wanted this job so badly, and I told them I would put the dishes in the dish washer and we would go.
It was just me and the girls because Tom was at an early hockey practice with Ethan.
I brought the wagon, but Siobhan (1.5) walked with me, holding my hand while the big girls scooted up ahead. The park is directly behind our house, but we have to walk around the block to get there, and Siobhan walked the whole way!
Once there, the girls performed “scooter routines” for us before heading to the play structure. They had a blast. I enjoyed having that time with them and actually doing the things I said I had wanted to do.
It was a great evening. After a while, Siobhan and I headed home (this time she went in the wagon) and I told the bigger girls to be home in 15 minutes.
Tom and Ethan had just pulled in the driveway when Siobhan and I rounded the corner to our house, and I was eager to tell Tom about the fun we had at the park.
I started rambling about how we had been at the park and how much fun it was, and Tom looked confused.
“Doesn’t Rebecca have Acro at 6:45?”
Oops! It was already 6:45 and the girls were still at the park!
So, we missed Acro.
BUT we spent an hour in the basement playing Barbies instead, something I haven’t had the time for in ages!
Then, we played Siobhan’s new favourite game… Water jug bowling.
Water Bottle Bowling <- You’re going to want to watch the video of that
So, maybe I am still adjusting to the new schedule, and maybe there will be some bumps along the way, but at least I will be there… with my family, enjoying them.