Thursday, April 23, 2009

The art of saying no.....

Just how does one go about saying "no?" I just never seem to be able to do it, and I know that's a super uncommon trait of moms. ;)

But why is it on my mind now? Maybe because.... even though I told myself I wasn't going to participate in the bake sale at the kiddos' school this time..... I found myself making homemade cookies with Big Sis yesterday evening, after getting the email plea from school that they hadn't received enough baked goods for their fund raiser... So I baked a batch of those yummy oatmeal choc chip cookies.

And maybe because I'm so exhausted right now that I'm wondering how I can attend my 3:00 mtg, much less lead it. Because we've traveled 3 of the last 4 weekends and the whole Semi-Homemade fam is beyond worn out. Because I didn't say no. We haven't had a spare couple of hours since the first of February. Because I didn't say no. And there has been more than one occasion where we've forgotten show & tell, someone has not had clean clothes to wear, there has been nothing for dinner, and the house is embarassingly chaotic. Because at some point, I didn't say no.

I am looking forward to this weekend more than Christmas. We have NOTHING! I've been craving it. Being alone with just my hubby and 2 cutie kiddos. We're going to have family movie night one night (any suggestions, fellow mommies?).... We're going to have a Puerto Rican Staycation Sat night.... complete with a Puerto Rican dinner that we're cooking ourselves (I've GOT to start looking for recipes!) and fun, festive music. Who knows, maybe we'll throw on our swimsuits for fun (it DID hit 90 here yesterday, okay?) Ahhhhhh...... and did I mention we'll have a totally helmet-free G-man for all this fun? I could cry, I'm so excited. Or tired. Whichever.


Anonymous said...

Hope you get to enjoy some good downtime! I'm working on "the art of no" now so hopefully I'll have it down when we have kids...probably not! :)

Becky said...

If you ever learn the art of saying no, please share! I also have problems in that area.

Suggestions for family movie night - we just started watching Nim's Island last night, and surprisingly both my kids liked it and sat and watched the entire first half (then it was bedtime, and about at the end of their usual movie attention span). My husband and I enjoyed it, too. My kids are also all about movies with a lot of music - they love Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Wizard of Oz, and Mary Poppins.

Have fun! There's nothing like having a quiet weekend at home to recharge your batteries!

*kimmie* said...

I feel you on not being able to say no. Your Saturday night sounds like a relaxing blast! I'm jealous =)

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