Step 1: Say paldies,
merci beaucoup and thank you to all
the dear people that wrote, called, commented and volunteered to hop on a plane
after my last post. I believe it has never been nicer to hear the “you are not
alone” refrain, nor has there been a time more important to heed the call not
to give in to the mommy guilt complex that runs rampant these days due to the
proximity to social media. We’ve got some exciting adventures to look forward
to in the coming months, and I just have to get through those days, the disastrous
as well as the not-so-bad ones, one day at a time.
Step 2: Set alarm for 7am and after grabbing a cup of coffee
leave all the boys at home and hit the yard sales. Can you believe this only
cost me $1.50? Add in a couple of children’s books, some kids clothes in
great shape, and you have a successful morning alone.
Step 3: Get home just in time to accompany the boys to the
company Easter egg hunt. Watch five million children (I might be exaggerating just
a bit but really, those eggs were gone in minutes!) scramble across the lawn
stuffing eggs into their sacks like they were born doing it. Eat popcorn,
cotton candy, mini cupcakes, chips, hot dogs and possibly more mini cupcakes.
Watch your youngest son become enamored with the Easter bunny and go back for
seconds. Cheer on your older son on his first amusement park ride. Start
gearing up for our first Easter back in the US.
Step 4: Convince husband to get takeout for dinner, and
spend time in kitchen starting a batch of rye bread instead of making dinner. Let
dad handle the diapers while up to elbows in dough, luxuriating in the smell of
Step 5: Have friends over to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
with a big lunch and some NY style cheesecake.Be grateful for not having mowed the lawn yet this year
during our search for four-leaf clover.
Step 6: Send the boys out to get shamrock shakes while
tidying up the kitchen and enjoying some uninterrupted phone time.
Step 7: Me-time with a glass of wine and some blogging.