I’ve decided that ‘Mommy Mondays’ has a nice ring to it… So I’ll keep that title and just blog on Mondays about my commitment to taking weekly personal time. Whether I took my personal time on Monday, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, I’ll just update the blog on Mondays!
That’s using the tired mommy brain, right? 🙂 Mommy Mondays it’ll stay!
I always thought that I was a patient person…
Then I had kids.
And suddenly all sanity, rational, and reason was sucked out of me. I mean, my son literally freaked out at me this morning for smiling too much. And I wasn’t even smiling with that creepy, I’m-about-to-go-crazy smile that sometimes comes across my face at the end of a really long day. I was just trying to be friendly.
Like any typical three year old, he has moments of unexplainable, excessive emotion. He asks “why” fifty million times, and that’s just before lunchtime. He gets into trouble faster than you can say “don’t unplug the bounce house when there are kids inside.” And he is constantly trying to figure out who is in charge and running the show.
After long days of desperately clinging to every ounce of patience within me, I definitely hit my moments when I’ve met my quota. I want to run screaming from the room, calling for an adult to take over already. But then I realize that I’m the adult, and my actions and reactions are going to have a tremendous influence on my son.
It is usually then that I take a deep breath, say a quick prayer, and then begin the countdown to my weekly night out. 🙂
A momma needs what a momma NEEDS!
I’m already realizing that my time away from the kids each week is going to make a world of difference this year. This was only week two of my commitment to enjoy a few hours to myself, BUT I know success when I feel it. 🙂 It’s that breath of fresh air that lets me laugh, vent, share, giggle, and refuel. I feel human again, which shrinks down everything I blew out of proportion and helps me focus on what matters again.
This week’s mom night was one that I always greatly look forward to, because it’s a fave of mine! My friend Liz and I shop for clearance finds and try on clothes just for fun. (We usually make sure this happens every new season, so that we can browse the out-of-season racks and also take a peak at what’s new).
Generally, we try on outfits that fit into one of four categories…
The ridiculous… I’m talking about gaudy holiday apparel, the dresses that make you ask “who would wear that”, and fur sweaters that look crazy on hangers but somehow always manage to look adorable the minute Liz puts them on. (I still don’t know how she does it).
The over-the-top fancy… Glitter, glitz, shimmery, and elegant outfits that would be perfect for a cocktail party on a yacht. (You know, the life we typically lead as budgeting moms who magically turn into pajama-wearing versions of Cinderella at the strike of 8:30pm).
Edgy… If you’ve ever met me, you know that I’m bubbly, smiley, and will chat with pretty much anyone as though we’re friends. Edgy isn’t exactly in my wheel house. (Hence the fact that the edgiest face I could make for this outfit resembled a slightly mad version of the duck face). But it does make for a fun photo-shoot… and sometimes – on a rare occasion – the outfit surprises me and is the right mix of edgy and feminine for me to pull off. 😉
Clearance… Liz and I are the queens of bargain shopping and rarely buy things at full price. I mean, sometimes we do. There are always those “must have” pieces. But she and I are both on budgets this year, so we’re trying to stretch our pennies as far as we possibly can!
Speaking of stretching pennies, Liz found this gorgeous dress on sale at Maurices for only $15!
And I bought a lovely green t-shirt from the 24/7 line for only $3.75!
While at the store, I fell in love with this military style jacket and striped dress. The navy jacket has the prettiest of details with gold buttons and ruffles. And I’ve really been into florals lately, but still have a love of stripes. So a dress that has stripes and floral? I’m in love!
I left both items at the store, however; due to their not being on sale. Spoiler alert though! Two days later, I was in possession of both items! My sister shared a great coupon with me, so I was able to order the jacket. And then my sister-in-law gave me the dress as a present! (I know, I know. I am spoiled and blessed)!
What a FUN night we had!
My mom’s night was definitely a success and left me feeling refreshed and ready to go! I am SO glad that I’m making this a priority this year… and that I have an incredible hubby who lets me enjoy them!