Over the past few weeks I have been feeling a little trapped in this world of mine as Mommy and Wife. I haven't worked in the better part of a year and my time has been filled with paying bills, chauffeuring kids, laundry, cleaning, cooking, laundry, worrying about money, sleep overs, laundry (we have 6 people in our home there is A LOT of laundry), mediating fights, fixing broken hearts, homework, the list goes on and on. The only thing missing from my duties as a Mommy is the all important "me time". So between yesterday and today I reached empty in my "gas tank".
Our social worker was here today for her monthly visit and Mr. K and I were talking with her about my issues. And she came up with new rules for our family. She literally took my calendar off my wall and started writing days and time when I am "off".
We brought out all of the kids, including the kid down the street who is here more than my kids are, and explained to them that Mommy has a "gas tank" and that it needs to be filled once a week. All of the kids agreed that I sacrifice a lot for them and agreed that 5 hours a week for myself is acceptable for them. They are not allowed to call, text, email, Facebook, or smoke signal me during that time. They are also not to have their dad call me to ask me a question. If they don't know the answer they can wait until I get home.
Now, I am sure that you are thinking, "5 hours to yourself - good for you - but, you still have to come home and prepare dinner". To this I say "No Ma'am!" My girls are to cook dinner for the family every Thursday that I am gone. We will prepare a menu for the night and ensure that they have everything they need to prepare the meal ( I will keep some money in the cookie jar for pizza just in case).
So, beginning July 8th I will have 5 hours of uninterrupted "me time" every Thursday - now the big question will be What will I do with free time?????