Yesterday morning, my mom packed up all of the kids, and they headed over to Wisconsin to spend the day with my mom’s sister and her five-year-old granddaughter. Yes, the entire day away. All of them.
They had plans to go to a park, have a picnic, watch a movie, make graham-cracker sandwiches with frosting and enjoy plenty of play time.
And do you know what that meant for me?
A day off! A real day off!
I promised myself that I wouldn’t clean or tackle an organizing project. I could have gotten a lot done yesterday.
But no. If they were playing all day with no chores and no naps. Then, I was going to play all day, too. That’s what a day off is for, isn’t it?
As they pulled out of the driveway, waving and blowing kisses, I slowly walked back into the silent house. It was weird, at first. I grabbed some books, my journal and a prayer book, and I left the house, too.
I knew I needed some prayer time, and I was afraid that if I stayed at home, I’d be too distracted. So, I drove to our town’s Catholic parish and found its tiny little chapel that housed the Tabernacle. Even though I don’t know why the Tabernacle isn’t in the main church, this was such a quaint little chapel with kneelers surrounding the Tabernacle. And I was the only one there. Just me and Jesus for 50 minutes. It was bliss. And also convicting. And well, just what I needed.
Afterward, I headed over to Panera for lunch. I ate on the patio, and finished my chapter in Grace and Gifted and read a little further in Simplicity Parenting. I’d say I was there for an hour or so. A nice leisurely, quiet lunch. Ahhhh!
Then, I found a nail salon and treated myself to a French pedicure. I usually get a pedicure once a year (if that). Usually it’s tied into Mother’s Day. But yesterday was the perfect day to relax in one of those massage chairs and be pampered.
After that, I went on one errand. To the local scrapbook store. I am working on a summer incentive project for my trio, and I needed a few sheets of cardstock and some stickers to finish it up. (More on that later.) I chose not to go on any more errands, because I didn’t want to do anything that could possibly stress me out. And sometimes shopping stresses me out ~ LOL!
I returned home to a quiet house, and worked on my Twirly Skirt for the remainder of the afternoon. I am knitting the last color on the front side. Then, I will repeat the entire thing for the back. And I watched Leap Year. A cute movie.
My husband arrived home from work, and we went out to dinner together. And talked. It was a wonderful way to end my mama’s day off!
Thank you, Mom, for giving me such a wonderful gift. And for treating the kids to a day full of fun. We love you!