Parenthood Paradise #NaBloPoMo


DAY 5: Where is the one place you would never want to go on vacation that other people seem to love?


* Once again, I took a #NaBloPoMo prompt and put my spin on it…. enjoy!

The girls were little, and the boy was a baby, this would be the first time the girls would be dropped off at story time together without me staying.  I would stroll their baby brother around the library/community center, but I would also go take sneak peeks through the glass window to their “big girl story time”.

When the doors gave way for the children to settle in for story/craft time I kissed my girls as they walked in hand in hand.  The doors shut, and then a mother who had dropped off 2 kids, in Vickie Gunvalson-style, woohoo’ed!

Really?  The kids were going to be reading and crafting for all of 30 minutes, and she rejoiced as if she had just won free drinks for a year at MacLaren’s.

This type of behavior has echoed throughout motherhood, where different parents would do something or say something as to rush the process of growth or display their annoyance of being near their children.  I’m not going to say I don’t have moments where I am done, I’m ready to check out for the day, but what I’m saying is, I’m in NO rush to be child-free.

You will never see me counting down the days until graduation, or celebrating my kids getting a year closer to their 18th birthday, that’s not going to happen.  I will never utter this words, “children are the necessary evil to having grandchildren.”  Yes, I’ve heard that, and even if it was in jest, it’s not funny.  I love my kids, and as much as I’m proud of them for hitting milestones and growing wiser, it’s a bittersweet process.  I’m incredibly thankful for this journey, this vacation, this is the time of my life.  I wouldn’t give it up for the world!!!

So, while some other parents may love to countdown the days until their child-free parenthood paradise, I’m already sippin’ maragratias here. This is my paradise, my life, with my kids, and the beautiful man I went halfsies with.

My Promise #PromiseToBaby




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12 thoughts on “Parenthood Paradise #NaBloPoMo”

  1. It is bittersweet when the grow up! Sometimes I have to catch myself and remind myself to appreciate each stage of Eve’s life while she is in it. Obviously there are things I am looking forward to when she is older, but I also don’t want to rush it. Lovely post!

    1. I know what you mean, I remember thinking: I cannot wait for her to walk, or him to talk, or when they play together, and I can catch a break. As much as I loved being so very lucky to see all those accomplishments, it happened incredibly too fast.
      Can I get a pause button, mulligan? I joke, I know, no do-overs, I’m fortunate to have this life, the good life 🙂

  2. I love your spin. And I admit that when one is in school and one is at daycare and I get to WORK with a hot cup of coffee, it’s really peaceful. Not “Woohoo” worthy, though!
    I miss them very much. We all get our space to grow, and then we’re together again! Now THAT’S a “Woohoo”.

    1. Well said, Tamara!
      Today, after school, my littles they wanted to listen to the 24-hour Christmas channel; listening to them sing Christmas songs at the top of their lungs, is what it’s all about. Moments like today, make me 100% aware that tomorrow will come too soon.

  3. This was so sweet. I can feel the love you have for your kids. 🙂 Honestly, if I ever heard anyone say that children were the necessary evil to get grandkids, I would automatically stop being their friend. So not funny! I am totally like ‘yay’ when Jeffrey gets home from work most days though! 12 hours is a long time with a teething, tumbling, screaming toddler. The weekends are what I live for. When all three of us can be together. 🙂

    1. I love those babies, they are my heart 🙂 I know you feel the same way about your sweet little baby girl. We all need our breaks, but that’s just it breaks, I don’t need forever… I want this to be my forever… always.
      I’m like you the weekends are everything, it’s family time, time to make memories.
      I’m happy to sip margaritas with you here on our dream vacation, living in the now 🙂

  4. I love being with my kids. I enjoy the occasional break, but I always miss them after a couple of hours. I hate it when people say they can’t wait for school to start so their kids won’t be at home with them. Or that they could never homeschool their children because they don’t have the patience to do so.

    1. Oh, Sonya, I’m right there with you 😉 People always laugh at me or call me softie, because I get a little emotional when the babies go off to school. We did Pre-K homeschool and I loved it!! I totally think we all need little breaks, but to rush the process or be in a constant state of annoyance just gets me…. :::sigh:::
      We only have this time for so long. The days are long but the years are short…

    1. It’s nice to see I am not alone, it’s quite comforting, actually. Every single day I have with my babies is special to me. No, we may not have the most amazing fun-filled days everyday, but we have each other. I know my time with these three here in my home altogether is short; I don’t want regrets.
      Thanks for the visit.

  5. LOve how you wrote this…While I do love “me time” I never count down till Dino is grown and out of the house. I waited so long for him that I am cherishing each and every moment of our time together. Even places that I hate, seem fun and thrilling when Dino is there.

    1. I can always gather a sense of immense love for Mr. Dino 🙂 I wish more people would consider the wait, the first cuddles, the laughter, and the pure love that those babies give/gave us. I’m in NO RUSH. My present is the present 🙂 HA HA HA I’m a cornball!

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