My mom is here this week. My dad was here for part of the weekend and Mom is staying on because I have a crazy week coming up with choir. Every night for six nights, I will be gone from about 5 p.m. until about midnight. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. I am going to collapse by the end of this! I am so glad she is here because John doesn't always know his schedule until the last minute and I would have had to have lined up babysitters for all those nights. And I would be broke. So, thank GOD my mom is here. Thank the baby Jesus.
I am very glad to be in this choir. And I do love the concerts (well, at least the first two concerts). But, this is going to be a bit much! I keep thinking that in a few days I will know more what it would be like to be a working parent. Obviously, I won't really know....but I will have a tiny taste of what I could be like--being gone from home for hours and hours. I have a feeling for the first few days I will be in heaven and that by the end, I'll be more exhausted than should be legal.
Having grandparents around really helps me in so many ways. Not just the making of macaroni and cheese, and the folding of laundry and the putting of children to bed....but the laughter! My mom is dying laughing over everything they are doing. And it helps my mood immensely. Instead of yelling at someone when kids are not sharing (read: BECCA) my mom is usually laughing so hard that I can't help but lighten up. Becca will be running around the house screaming at the top of her lungs and I'm about to snap and I look over and mom's chair is shaking so hard because she's laughing. Also, for some reason, when my mom is in the same house with me, I take the World's Best Naps. I can't explain it, but there is something so relaxing and comforting to me about it. I lay down and wake up two hours later. The kids seem to be doing the same. It is the best.