JMJ134 *How to celebrate? Take a moment and think of something that you need to celebrate. Give yourself the permission to give yourself a small pat on the back. Or simply take the day off to take a break from the relentless busy-ness of being a mom-on-call 24-7! After all, you don’t want to turn into “scary mommy” for lack of breaks!
Ring the School Bell 134/180 Days
Happy day. I finished preparing for the accountant who is going to do our taxes!! You have no idea how happy I am, that this long process is over with. Because of my husband’s business, It takes forever to get the financials ready. Next Tuesday, we have an appointment with the accountant. I hope he likes the way I organized everything, and especially gives us the good news that we don’t have to write out an extra check to Uncle Sam!
Not only have I finally finished all of the tax prep, which is a cause for celebration in itself, but the litany of paperwork has finally ended for this special school year. I am referring to the college applications, financial aid, high school dossier, and scholarship applications. Yay! It will be nice to revisit homeschool days without the ominous pressure of paperwork looming overhead.
How to celebrate? Take a moment and think of something that you need to celebrate. Give yourself the permission to give yourself a small pat on the back. Or simply take the day off to take a break from the relentless busyness of being a mom-on-call 24-7! After all, you don’t want to turn into “Scary Mommy” for lack of breaks!
Now choose one of the following for a special treat just for you!
- Choose a day, maybe this weekend, and go to a movie of your choosing. I am always going along with what everyone else wants to see. Look in the paper or go on-line and actually choose something that “you” want to see. Then depending on what you selected, invite either your family, maybe some gal friends, or your spouse. And don’t forget to sneak in premium treats or buy the buttered theater popcorn!
2. Go to the market and locate the ice cream freezer case. Look at the flavors and ponder what you would personally like. That is completely untypical of me, not only because I have to admit that I do enjoy most flavors, but because I usually indulge others in choosing their favorite flavor. Unless it is your personal favorite, don’t go for the malted crunch or decadent chocolate your husband likes best, nor the rainbow-confetti-sprinkled flavor your child might choose. This is about celebrating you, so go ahead and pick a flavor, take it home and share it with the family. They might be surprised at the one you chose, but I bet they will enjoy it just the same!
3. March on down to a bookstore, alone, with no plans of going to storytime or puppet theater, as you might with your own kids. Unfortunately, you may have to drive a ways, as in my case, because regrettably so many bookstores have closed in our area in the last 10 years. While there, actually do some undistracted browsing and buy a book for you, not a new Dr. Seuss book for your child, as your selfless mom-self is shouting out for you to do. Choose something and start reading it tonight, as a special treat to yourself.
4. How about a nice bubbly bath? I can’t even remember the last time I took a wonderful warm bath, with the door locked, to discourage young visitors. You might want to do this when your spouse is home, or it may not be something your young troops can handle, not having access to mommy. Unsupervised little tikes might not be such a good idea either!
Especially, always remember, every mom need a “time-out” break once in a while too!
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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is an excerpt of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.
May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine. Annette