There’s not much exciting about me or my life. I’ve come to realize and accept the fact I am the stereo-typical, suburban, stay-at-home-mom. Yeah, we have our challenges. But then, so does everyone else in their own way. Here’s typical me:
1. I drive an SUV
2. I volunteer in two of the kids’ classrooms (the third and oldest is in 7th grade and would rather I don’t embarrass him by making myself known to his classmates).
3. I have been Team Mom to my kids’ t-ball and soccer teams
4. I spend multiple hours a week at the dance studio while the Princess is in class. And yes, I do frequently tear up watching her dance.
5. I “lunch” with my other suburban, stay-at-home-mom friends
6. I belong to TWO book clubs
7. I play a mean game of Bunco
8. While the kids are at school, I hit Costco, Target, the grocery store, get my hair done, get my nails done, etc. Hey – it beats hauling the beasts along with me. 😉
9. I run and go the gym faithfully.
10. My iPhone is never far from my hand, even though nothing world-shaking ever comes across besides daily text sessions with my geographically distant friends.
11. I’m a scrapbooker. Twice a year, I go away for a long weekend to scrapbook with other scrapbookers. I have entirely too many scrapbooking supplies, and far too many photos.
12. I have two calendars and three to-do lists at any given time.
13. Yes, I coupon. No, I’m not insane about it like those Extreme Couponers, but it helps cut our grocery bill by 1/3rd, which for a family of 5 isn’t too bad.
14. I have a purse dog, Maizy. She’s a yorkie who found me when I was out on a walk early last year. I love her to pieces. We also have a labradoodle, a cocker spaniel, two cats, and fish.
15. There never seems to be enough time – or energy, or motivation – to get everything done each day. Thus, laundry is started but not typically finished. Dishes are continually laying in my sink. My bedroom windows still have paper shades rather than real curtains (granted my husband prefers is that way as the paper shades “let in the light”….they also look supremely icky). The family room needs a good vacuuming pretty much every day. Some nights, the kids eat frozen waffles or cereal.
16. I probably drink too much wine.
17. I spend my mornings and afternoons sitting in drop-off and pick-up lines at two schools wondering why most of the other parents seem to think the rules don’t apply to them, and wondering where all the nice people went. Even my kids shake their heads when they see parents get out of their cars to let a kid in or out while in the bus loop.
18. Some days require pharmaceutical help to survive.
I do love my life. I am blessed to be able to have the choice of whether to work or stay home. I have been home full-time for four or five years now. Over the past year or so, I’ve begun to feel I may not be doing enough with myself, that I could be contributing more, that I could be using my education, that I could be out there in the working world. But I’ll leave that for another day to ponder. Just the thought of how typical I am struck me as I drove my SUV through the Target parking lot this afternoon, along with all the other stay-at-home-moms.