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Monday, July 21, 2008

Enjoying My Permanent Vacation.

I thought I'd take time out of sipping virgin margaritas and reading magazines to update with a few pictures and stories of the last few days.


You didn't know I was on a "permanent vacation"?

Either did I, until one of my sisters, gently informed me, over the weekend. So I've decided I need to live up to the title.

I am counting the days until the good Lord blesses her with a house full of children so that when she calls me to tell me just how busy life is and how crazy things get, I can act puzzled and remind her of the oodles and oodles of free time she should have.

Though in some ways I feel as though this week is a little bit of a respite, T and M are gone until Friday, enjoying some time with their mom and her family in the Dells. Whenever the schedule gets funky and they're gone more than just a couple days, life feels a bit different. Our house is a little quieter, a little neater and a little more lonely for H. On Saturday morning, he said, "I go to Lori's house too." Sadly, J and I just aren't as fun as the his brother and sister.

Realized just this morning that H is now 27 months and it scares me how quickly he's transforming before my eyes. Yes, we are still in the midst of potty training. These things take time.

We were given a suggestion to buy something he really likes and have him earn these things by going potty. So we bought some Hot Wheels cars yesterday, showed them to him and told him when he goes potty on the big boy potty he can have one. We walked in the door from said purchases, he proceeded to run upstairs, undress and go potty. And then this morning after he got up and asked if he could have another car, I reminded him that those are for when he goes potty. He then ran to the bathroom, took off his pj's and did it again.

Does he have us fooled or what?

He's been doing great, off and on for a few weeks but now we're down to two Hot Wheels and it's a little expensive of a bribe to maintain, so I have a feeling we'll be moving on to M&M's or gummys fairly soon.

While I'm very excited about H moving out of diapers soon, it's also another sign of him growing up and that's the part that makes me wince. He's reminding me more and more each day of the things he can do, the things he can say and the little man he's becoming.

Thankfully, I won't miss a second of it, being that I'm on a permanent vacation and all.

All kidding aside, I love that I am able to be home and I love being able to experience life beside the little people in my life. I wouldn't trade it for one second, because then I might miss naptimes like today.I put H down for nap, in his bed. Tucked him in, read books, sang songs and left. Shortly later I walked in and found him tucked in on the floor next to Pooh bear. Love, love, love this little boy.


Blogger Melissa said...

I just laughed so hard I snorted. Because I work full-time but can guarantee your UNPAID full-time work is seven million times busier than the work I get a paycheck for. And at least I can come home at 5pm and shut down, prop my feet up, and drink a (non-virgin) margarita! Here's to you...might want to pack some sunscreen and shades for that vacation you're on. ;) LUMI!

July 21, 2008 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger Jon, Sara, Tyler, and Sophie said...

You make me laugh!

You mean that raising three children (and growing one), being a loving wife, keeping a tidy house, cooking healthy meals, and trying to take in every moment with that adorable little guy (sorry, J, I meant H) isn't the same as eating bon-bons and watching soaps? Oh, for the day when A will finally understand - being a mother is a more than full time job (and the best one in the world)!

Enjoy your "vacation". How lucky you are to have this time to spend with your family.

Talk to you soon!

July 21, 2008 at 3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's important to put this in perspective. There are plenty of people that raise a family and work a full time job. Samara is blessed to not have to do that, but others have no choice if they want a home and to provide financially for their families. In that respect, someone could look at Samara and say that she is on vacation, when some families raise kids and work full time jobs.

July 21, 2008 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Never say never, but I really don't anticipate being able to stay at home when/if I have children. That said, I don't think it's a "vacation" to stay at home with your kids if you are able...

July 21, 2008 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

RE: Potty training. With j we started with a Cars car every time he went (they stayed on a shelf above the toilet) so that got really expensive fast at $3.50 each. Once we were a few cars into it, we bought Cars stickers and made a chart. He got a sticker every time he went, and once he earned 5 stickers he got a car. We slowly increased the number of stickers needed to get a car, and eventually declared him Potty Trained and gave him one big Cars related toy and took down the chart. (It's Kim BTW. J hijacked my auto login again!)

July 21, 2008 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger charish said...

You are lucky to be able to have the one fulltime job of being home. sometimes people think it is a vacation to be with the kids all day but I remember when I was home that all I wanted was a job to be with grownups for a while. I a happy that your a stay at home mommy.

July 21, 2008 at 7:00 PM  
Anonymous Mrs. H said...

Don't freak about the potty training.

Age 3 seems to be the magic number for boys. All our boys didn't potty train until then. I'm assuming our little boy will be ready around then too.

The nice thing is, when they're ready to potty train, they just kind of do it---one day they're ready and that's that!

July 21, 2008 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger melanie. said...

ew. i hate when people leave anonymous controversial comments. really? maybe this person doesn't realize that your sister doesn't have kids so doesn't even know what it is to be a sahm, let alone be comparing a fulltimer/mommy gig.

argh. i work part time - i mean, i've got the school now, but even that is pt for now - and i l.o.v.e being home with the baby. but i know i'm lucky to be able to do it.

i thought i sent you my address. shoot. and my dominican address is really in florida (it's a service) i'll email it to you. thanks

July 22, 2008 at 7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

melanie - it doesn't seem controversial to me. Someone who is working two jobs, i.e. raising a family AND holding down a job outside the home MIGHT view someone who has one job (either raising a family or having an outside job) as an easier path than the person with two.
If someone had to work two jobs outside the home (a regular 9-5 and then waiting tables/tending bar in the evening or something similar) to make ends meet they would certainly view someone who only had the regular 9-5 as being "on vacation". When the topic of mothers/fathers staying home with kids gets brought up people always seem to get very defensive about it. If the mother/father is enjoying it and values it, who cares what anyone else or society thinks? People are too caught up in the thoughts of others anyway...

July 22, 2008 at 9:13 AM  
Anonymous linda said...

Good post! I would have to say that after working full time for a while and staying home, being home seems a lot busier, but I enjoy it the most! Sometimes I do want to scream, "when do i get time off!" And I know someday we will! It does make me chuckle though. Because i remember BEFORE i had kids, i thought about how wonderful it was going to be! And for the most part it is. but after acid reflux, colic, ear infections, tubes, and teething, it can be very difficult sometimes!

July 22, 2008 at 3:41 PM  
Blogger Patois said...

I am so happy that I'm on my permanent vacation. I just hope it stays permanent for a long time to come.

July 26, 2008 at 8:57 AM  

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