- A cup of hot, strong coffee first thing in the morning–I’m the primary caregiver of two small children and I’m not a morning person. Enough said.
- Getting in a good sweat session at the gym–A home workout gets the job done, but it’s not the same. Give me a (preferably mostly empty) gym, my Jaybird X3s, and my Spotify playlists and I’m a happy woman. Not being able to get to a gym regularly (or exercise regularly for that matter) has been one of the hardest parts of being a SAHM over the last few years. I used to consider myself a gym rat and I miss the endorphins and stress relief (and if we’re truly being honest, the way my clothes used to fit) that regular gym going gave me.
- Having clear skin–Thanks to Rodan + Fields, I have the best skin I’ve had of my adult life. I hate that I let my friends’ Facebook spam turn me off from the products for so long. If you know me in RL (or just via the Internet) and want more information or what to hear my story, hit me up and I’m happy to talk about it.
- Bourbon. Neat.–If you know me, no further commentary is necessary.
- Getting older–With each passing day/week/month/year, I am more confident and comfortable in my skin. I’m looking forward to my forties and my thirties have been awesome.
- Watching my parents play with my children–As I’m an only child, my children are the only grandchildren my parents will have. Watching them together makes me incredibly happy and I’m so thankful that my parents are alive and healthy and want/get to spend time with my little ones.
- Tattoos–I have several. I want more. I’m toying with the idea of getting a few more while I’m back in the U.S.
- My friends and family–After moving away from my home state at age 23 and then leaving the country at age 33, I’m so thankful for the friends I’ve made and the family I have. Not everyone understands the choices I’ve made, but they’ve been supportive.
- Expat life–Being an expat forces you out of your comfort zone and makes your world so much bigger (literally and figuratively). It’s hard as hell sometimes, but completely worth it.
- Spending time with my husband and children–Sometimes, the best thing in the world is sitting in the floor with the family, drinking coffee, and playing with whatever the toy du jour is.
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- Um. Where has June gone? How is it already the 22nd? I demand more hours in each day and more in each week. There’s never enough time to do ALL. THE. THINGS.
- That said, I’ve had a bit more time this week as a neighbor’s daughter has been a mother’s helper for me three mornings for about two hours each. She’s here to get to know the kids in advance of doing some (evening!!) babysitting for us starting in the fall. We’re so excited because we haven’t had regular date nights since before darling son was born (and he’s now 3+!!). She’s a lovely girl and I’m so glad it’s working out.
- We need to figure out childcare for the fall. I’m going to be starting (another) part-time job, but this one will need more time than the one I’ve had since March 2008 such that consistent, daytime childcare will be necessary.
WeI keep going around in circles between the pros/cons of full-time live-in help, part-time live-out help, and putting the kids in half-day nursery school for a couple of days each week. It’s so frustrating, but at the same time, we’re in a wonderful position to even be having this debate.