So last week I was grateful for getting my groove back and now I have my husband back too. (Totally separate to my groove by the way).
For eight weeks he has been working insane hours on a project. Insane compared even to his “normal” working life that usually sees him coming home between 7-8pm most nights. Now we had the pleasure of too many 9-11:30pm arrival windows and never knowing day to day when we would see him.
He worked through Easter as well and the kids were very upset. Kids do not hold back – they come straight out and say what they are thinking. My poor husband had to hear things like “when are you going to take days off?” and “please don’t go to work” while literally being held back until he was going to miss his bus and had to tear himself away physically.
I am grateful for all he does and had to dig deep into the gratitude trough to stay positive these eight weeks. I had days where I am not proud that I whinged about being on my own so much or had cranky words to share about his employer and how I felt he is underpaid / overworked.
The bottom line is we are both exhausted and need to regroup.
I am grateful that an opportunity came my way via this blog and on “Grateful Friday” we will be together the entire day at Australia Zoo. We will have a family day out where my kids can hold my husband captive and get their “Daddy tank” filled to the brim. There will be ice cream and animal shows and popcorn and a movie screening and pizza and elephant feeding time and hand holding and laughter and fun and adventure.* And they will forget over time that they have missed him so much. Kids have that amazing capacity for forgiveness and for loving us so deeply.
I am grateful for a few days that include plans as a family and time with friends.
I am grateful for a fresh start and more balance.**
I am grateful for vacation care. Two days each week for school holidays and finally we have hit the happiness balance for school breaks. Best money an introvert can spend!
I am grateful that I took the time to slow down these past weeks to enjoy my kids, my house, and my time. I think I would have been a basket case otherwise. I guess I am really learning more of what my simple looks like.
What are you grateful for this week?
Find your simple,
* We have woken up to pouring rain and I laugh as I keep asking for fun and adventure, but really still want it to be perfectly organised and run to plan. The universe keeps laughing at me and replying “you want adventure, THIS is adventure” so we are off to the zoo that is all outdoors and I will hope for the best – me who hates the feel of rain on her skin will focus on the positive and be grateful to be with my family!
**I have begged for a weekday dinner as a family for the first time in … forever. Fingers crossed. (almost nine years as parents and zero family dinners on a work day)
Head over to Bron’s link up at Kidspot for 52 weeks of grateful and see what everyone else is writing about – I am sure you will be inspired!
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