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The Great Fitness Experiment
Friday, June 24, 2011
How I Overcame Lazy This Week: I Ditched The Kids!
My daughters are one of the greatest joys of my existence. I feel so blessed to have them in my life and to be able to spend my days with them full-time. I love my little family.
And yet, I have to say, as Grandma chauffeured the girls off for a sleepover, I stood waving good-bye and was awash with a giddy feeling of… freedom! What to do first?! My initial action was to do a kind of involuntary happy dance; it just sort of spontaneously sprung forth. Next, I ran inside and blared the music that I wanted to listen to without worrying a whit about its appropriateness for the five-and-under set.
Ugh. I’m a full-fledged, boring “housewife,” aren’t I?
In my defense, my very first fantasy was, in fact, to hop in the car and go on a shopping frenzy. However, that yearning was quickly quashed by the fact we have no expendable income and K was at work with the car; hence my enthusiastic focus on the next available option.
Then when K got home later that night, we were discussing what in the world we were going to do with our kid-free morning the next day. We were glumly listing the errands and home projects that we needed to get done when suddenly, it hit me that I’ve been wanting to go trail biking. K’s been able to go a few times recently with friends, but I’ve had to stay with the girls because it’s not a very-young-kid-friendly activity. It struck us that we were unencumbered with the kiddos and we would be remiss to not take advantage of this sublime situation. We were in ecstasy!
Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE relaxing down time that involves a good book or a good movie. I LOVE indulging in some yummy treats that I don’t have to share with anyone else! And I manage to do those things occasionally as well, but I like being in a place right now that, when give the choice, my first desire is to do something fun and active and to just jump in and enjoy life!
I also want it understood that I LOVE adventuring with my girls and even thrive on the challenge of ensuring their participation and enjoyment of our active lifestyle. But, boy, it sure was nice and a bit refreshing to be a little selfish!