Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Counting Down.

In two weeks, for the first time in 12 years (yes, 12) I will be a semi-free woman.  My youngest is going to preschool five mornings a week from 8:30 to 11:15.

In case you missed it, I'll say it again.

FIVE mornings.

Let me list the things I will now be able to do because I'll have approximately fifteen hours a week to myself:

1.  Run at a time OTHER than 6:30am.
2. Use coupons and shopping lists accordingly.
3. Talk on the phone.
4. Go to the dentist without a child in my lap.
5. Have my hair cut and colored more than once every six to seven months.
6. A manicure maybe?  A pedicure? Oh heavenly nail polish.
7. CLEAN.  Maybe not.
8. Volunteer in the classroom without a sidekick.
9. Christmas and birthday shop without hiding purchases under the cart. 
10. Not hand out snacks every fifteen minutes.

And number eleven:


To all the moms wiping boogies and lugging carseats into stores, it gets better.  The time goes fast, even though the days sometime seem like they are crawling by.  I will be shopping without toddler commentary for the first time in over a decade.  It's tough to believe but it's true. 

I've been waiting a long time to just get out of the car and go into a store.  No snacks, juice, wipes or carseat strapping needed.

I can't believe its almost here.

I do love my kids, and I'll miss my little shopping buddy.  But I can say with confidence, I'm ready to think uninterrupted for a portion of my week.



  1. I'll be at 9 hours a week soon, too! (3 days a week for 3 hours). I'll miss it and...not miss it at the same time! And, please tell me I'm not the only one who still talks to the shopping cart - even though there's no one in it - on those rare occasions I get to go alone now?!?! I do it ALL.THE.TIME!

    1. OMG - I always talk to the cart! It's terrible! TOOOO funny!

  2. Congrats Jodie! You could always go for #5?

    1. Laura...i do LOVE kids...but I think I need to stop somewhere! LOL!

  3. This made me smile. I have 2 more years till my little one is in preschool (though days and hours are different for us here) and YES I am looking forward to it. Though knowing myself, I will have a few meltdowns knowing all my babies are in school.

    Enjoy your YOU time!!!! So many possibilities. I'm excited for you!


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