Good morning, girl. Happy Friday!!! I am oh-so looking forward to my weekend. But first, I have to get today’s work done. And get Monday’s work set up. And then make a meal plan and do laundry and have a budget meeting with husband. Right. Then I can have fun.
But wait a minute. Why is fun the last thing on my list? Really. Like it’s the least important thing in my life?
Yes, we have to be grown-ups. Yes, everyone needs clean socks and undies for Monday. Yes, the bills need to be paid and the work needs to be done and on and on and on…
BUT. If we wait until everything, everything, EVERYTHING is done, before we play, let’s be honest, we’ll never play.
I totally blew it last weekend. I got all my grown-up stuff done (checking off my to-do list, Bam! Bam! Bam!) But I hardly spent any time having fun with my kids. I got to Sunday night and wondered where my weekend went. I was more tired Sunday than I was Friday! I forgot to play.
And play is so important. These lives of ours can make the strongest woman crazy. Like, certifiable, crying-at-your-desk-because-you-can’t-remember-the-last-time-you-laughed crazy.
Please don’t get there.
Your husband wants to play too. And your kids definitely want to play. WITH YOU. Please make memories of more than just yelling at them to stop hitting their brother.
Guard your play time. Value it. Please. Cut corners somewhere else to find that hour (or two or three or four) to be silly with your kids. Or romantic with your husband.
Paper plates are fine. Mac & Cheese and apple slices are an awesome dinner, awesome. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches work too. Call all your utilities and put them on autopay. Overnight laundry is just fine. Let you husband do the grocery shopping if he is willing; who cares if he gets the wrong brand of butter or whatever. Or order your groceries online. Let the kids fold the laundry. Do it together and no correcting how they fold the towels. Creative folding works just fine. Spend the time talking about their day.
Seriously, Mamma. We cannot do everything. You are fabulous in every way, but you are not all powerful. And you need to play. And your kids need to play with you! And your husband needs romantic time.
If you feel like a drudge, it’s time to rethink how you are using the hours of your one precious life.
This weekend, make time to play. I promise I will too.