Do I love my kids? Of. Course.
Do I enjoy spending time with my kids? Almost Every Minute.
Do I occasionally need a break from my kids? Absolutely.
Last week my kids went off to their Grandparents house for four days. I have never been separated from them for that long. I missed them like crazy, and I wondered how and what they were doing, but I also got a much needed break. And now that they are home I feel really good, and so refreshed.
As a stay at home mom with a husband who has a very demanding career, I feel that time to myself is non-existent. I luckily still get about an hour and a half or naptime each day, an occasional moms night out with my wonderful friends, and grocery shopping twice a month if I am lucky. When my husband is out of town I am expected to be on 24/7. Even when he is home week days are hectic and weekends go by too quickly. At that pace one can get burnt out real quick.
I take advantage of the time I can find. When my husband is slow at work I go off to the outlets for an afternoon during the weekend, if we are on a trip to PA, I sneak off for some time to myself while my kids eat up the time with family, and any opportunity to sleep in or take a nap I take without question!
Now that we are back together the snuggles are so loving, and the playtime is no longer feeling mundane. I am excited to read every book, put together yet another train track, or even pull out the play dough.