Slowing Down

So, my family and I tried something different this past week.  Different for us, at least.

We have been living at our campground for 10 days now.

Aside from crippling allergies every morning until the meds kick in – this place has been a very welcome change.

Our lives always feel so rushed.

Even with the kids out of school for the summer, it always feels like we are late for something.

It feels like we are finishing one thing just to start the next.

Always.

My normal day at home:

  • Coffee with Hubs
  • Hubs goes to work
  • Try to write while kids eat breakfast
  • Clean
  • Feed kids lunch
  • Clean
  • Run errands
  • Clean
  • Laundry
  • Clean
  • Hubs comes home from work
  • Dinner
  • Clean
  • Work with Hubs to accomplish something household
  • Clean
  • Put kids to bed
  • One hour of alone time with Hubs
  • Sleep

OK, it might not be that simply mundane every day…

But,

I always feel busy.  I always feel like I’m ignoring my kids.  I always feel rushed.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to be the homemaker and I love to spend time doing projects with the Hubs.

It’s just…that word: RUSHED.

So, the campground…

We decided to get crazy, think outside our normal box, and spend the week leading up to The 4th Of July at our camper.

Hubs still went to work every day.

Kids and I stayed in the park.

It was the HUGE BREAK in my routine that I needed.

Do you know how much guilt I felt all week for ignoring the kids?

None.

Do you know how much actual down-time I got to spend with Hubs?

Lots.

Yeah.  There was cooking, cleaning, and yard work…

But a small camper versus our actual house – no contest for chore workload.

And the time we spent doing “work,” the kids were incredibly entertained all on their own in this change of scenery.

I have had 10 full days of change.

10 full days without the words, “I’m bored.”

10 full days without routine.

10 nights of sitting by the fire with Hubs.

I have been completely ignoring the world outside.

Haven’t watched or read news.

Barely ventured out to the store.

Barely visited social media or talked with friends.

And honestly – I haven’t missed any of it.

My kids are dirty, but they’re happy.

I feel rested physically and emotionally.

I don’t feel rushed.

For 10 days, I have just felt good.

And, you know what they say about “happy wife” and all that…

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