Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Back to Reality

My birthday and Rob's birthday are five days apart.  This year, having some extra vacation to burn, Rob took those five intervening days off from work.

You know what happens when Rob takes some "ordinary time" off from work?  Not a whole heckuva lot, that's what.

Don't get me wrong, I love having him home in the middle of the week.  It makes things like the morning school rush and the after school activities so much easier since I don't have to bundle any babies into the car.  (I dread the bundling.  We all do.)

It also makes my daily schedule implode.  

When Rob is home during the week, we go to the mall in the middle of the day and get ourselves some fancy new phones for our birthdays and we both take the kids to library story time.

I stay in my pajamas and drink coffee for far too long in the morning.  I send every baby with a dirty diaper to him, I don't make lunch, and I surely don't wipe the table.  I eat cake.  Way too much cake.

I also end up forsaking the vacuuming and the bathrooms and the kitchen floor to sit around with him and watch episodes of Downton Abbey on the computer when the babies are asleep.

Luckily, Catholics have a term for this.  It's called "strengthening the domestic church."

In many ways, this almost felt like Christmas vacation to me, since our Christmas plans were scuttled by illness, and it was a lot of fun.  But now our days of playing hooky are over, and it's back to the daily grind.

Let's go, Giants!


  1. Sounds divine...although coming back to reality isn't much fun. There is a lot to be said for routine, however!

    Precious litte Giants fan! I guess I can support the little guy since hubby's beloved Saints are out of the picture! :)

  2. Sounds like a great few days. I always think Travis's extra time at home (he gets bank holidays) will be like that, but it never seems to go that way. Oh well. I'm still trying to see Downton Abbey. I've been running outside, so no treadmill time. I turned it on at home the other night but then T decided he wanted to watch Mad Men with me. So we did. Good luck getting back to reality.

  3. Sounds just like the way my day goes when hubby is home. Seriously. I get nothing done. He actually asked me one time if I ever DO anything in the middle of the day. Does rolling your eyes at someone count as an answer?

    And boy are you right about the bundling!!!

  4. Yes, I love that lazy vacation time, but I also love to get back to a routine. It's like how I love decorating for Christmas, and I also love packing it all up after it's over. Seems contradictory but it's not...it's just enjoying all the phases of life :)

  5. Anonymous12:37 PM

    I am so glad you had a little winter break with Rob. And we did have a woderful time celebrating your birthdays at your brother and sister-in-law's house....I know it is over but so is January (almost).Only 3 more months till baseball!

  6. love it! This is exactly what it's like when my hubby is home. Not much gets done. Still, I like the comment about "strengthening the domestic church" for somehow I feel it's just as important, if not more important than say... dishes (or closets?)


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