Wednesday, January 27, 2010

"What do you do all day?"

As a SAHM I don't talk with adults much, therefore whenever I get asked that question I'm a little shocked, just a tiny bit insulted, and I don't know where to begin. But today I got that question and it took me several minutes till I finished my answer.

Have you ever tried to cook, clean and do laundry for 5 extra people? It takes time. Add a little community service thru church and your children's school, scouts, band, piano and other extracurricular activities, help with homework and you'll never have time to say I'm bored. "You cook all their meals?" Uh yes otherwise they'd eat grass and twigs and that stuff doesn't grow fast enough. All I could think was, "Are there really people out there that eat EVERY meal out? Do they not know it's cheaper to make it themselves?" Granted I have to go to the grocery store a couple times a week to refill our fridge with fresh produce (I'm scared for when my boys turn teenagers because they can already eat as much as I do). We now run 2 loads of dishes a day, about 2 loads of laundry per day, and I'm still trying to find time to deep-clean the rooms and don't get me started on the growing list of home-repairs that need to be done cuz there's no way I'm paying someone else to do something I can do for free. That's the only way I can afford to feed and clothe everyone. If you want to make it more challenging duct tape bricks to your feet and a watermelon to your middle because that's what pregnancy feels like most of the time.

The truth is, yes, sometimes I just feel like sitting down and watching a 30 minute show or reading a book and eating chocolates. (V Chocolates has the best milk chocolate caramels with sea salt sprinkled on top just in case you're wondering.) But please don't judge me - I deserve a break after potty-training all day and cleaning up someone else's you-know-what.

The job's tough, the pay sucks but the rewards are heavenly when I see my freshly-bathed children fall asleep with clean clothes and a full belly.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have 3 bathrooms to clean, 3 loads of laundry to put away and some wallpaper to take down.


  1. Ok, I'm tired already and it's only 830 am. Keep up the good work. Our kids adore us and hmmm potty training...well your ahead of me. Laundry, lets not start. wallpaper, how much is left, thought you were donE. have a great day

  2. I LOVE the carmels with the sea salt... The baby picture scared me, I thought you went into labor early. I guess that would be really early.