Next week I am going to do the unthinkable. I am going to forgo the gym for some family quality time. It is our only full week without camp or school, so I decided to take the time to participate in some summer fun activities.
I’d like to say it’s because I am SUCH a good mom that I am realizing the summer got away from me and want to spend this week of quality time with my children. Rather, it’s mostly because all those stupid people at the grocery store that bask at the madness with that attitude that children grow up so fast. The guilt of the fact that my kids will be this young for only so long is propelling me away from the gym for a solid week.
A week in some ways sounds like an eternity when you are talking about my peace and serenity – my outlet to come back to the maniacs a stronger, better mom. So instead I’m going to spend my nights packing bags, and my days shlepping my children all over the earth. And when I hit my head on the pillow, I will fall faster asleep than I ever have before from chasing them, disciplining them and feeding them without any reprieve in a day.
Our summer has been so action packed with camps, weddings and activities that we are completely overdue on a pleasant trip to the zoo. We have yet to hit up a kiddy friendly amusement park. We have minimally basked in the sun of spray parks. And although doing all this is a whole new level of challenging now that there are three little monsters along for the ride, it’s all things that have made summer…well, summer.
So if you cross paths with me out to lunch or you get a glimpse of me at some over-priced, over-crowded kiddy wonderland and I seem stressed beyond belief, overwhelmed and over-run by children under the age of five, please don’t take it personally if I don’t say hi. Please understand that my life-line, the only thing that helps me through the madness, has been stripped from me for an entire week! And when you see that old lady at the grocery store about to say that I need to soak up every day, please tell her that I am. Also tell her that I am accepting applications for babysitters the weeks to follow in attempt to recover from this week of complete absorption in kiddy world.