Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I am vacationing, yet blogging

You know how people who work outside the home (those who actually get PAID for their efforts) get vacation time? And they use it to take time off work and still bring home a paycheck? And usually they do different things on their vacations, not the same things they would be doing AT work?

Stay-at-home moms don't really get that kind of vacation. Oh, well, yes I DID go on that amazing child-free vacation to the Maldives this winter. But that was only 10 days. (Yep, I just said only. I am such an asshole sometimes.) Josh gets four weeks of vacation per year and he works a measly 40 hours per week. Pffft. I work 168 hours per week, without pay, mind you, and I got two weeks. I work four times as much as he does. Therefore, I should be getting 16 weeks off a year.

We spent this last week at the lake in Wisconsin with Josh's family. Let me first say I am incredibly lucky to have a mother and mother-in-law who don't mind getting up early with their grandchildren. My mother-in-law was with us this week and she got up with the kids most of the mornings, giving them breakfast and playing with them so Mommy and Daddy could get a little more sleep. Alleluia.

But even with help, vacations with the kids really aren't vacations. They're just regular life in another location, usually one that is not baby-proofed. We're still wiping butts, cleaning up spilled Cheerios, refereeing fights over toys and giving timeouts. But this week we got to do all of that with fresh air in our lungs and in a bedroom we're sharing with our 3-year-old. Oh and I did it with the added bonus of not being able to physically pick anyone up because of that pesky cerclage and its restrictions on lifting. Do you know how effective it is to send your kid to timeout without actually carrying him there? I can tell you, not very effective at all.

We're headed home tomorrow and I will be glad to get back. We're been away for nine days total because we stayed with my parents before we went to the lake. It's always nice to get away, but even nicer to come home. Home to our regular toys, our regular beds and our regular routines.

Now I am off to start planning an anniversary trip for the end of the month. Because after all this family time, I need a vacation. I guess Josh can come, too. If he promises I won't have to do the same wife stuff I have to do at home.

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3 Comments:

Blogger lonek8 said...

vacations are worse than regular because you don't have any of your usual stuff and babyproofing. I am more tired at the end of a vacation than before. After spending 7 months by myself with all three kids I told my husband I'm taking a spa vacation. he can not come.

July 9, 2009 11:06 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

YES-- we only took a few little trips this year because I could not imagine a vacation with them being any fun!! But next year, look out Mexico and Florida (gulp)

July 9, 2009 12:40 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

I love your breakdown of what our vacation hours should be. I wish you ran the world, my friend...

July 12, 2009 11:20 PM  

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