My Life as a Mom

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With 6 happy kids, life can be really fun around here! This blog is dedicated to the joys and sometimes chaos of having a large family. Okay, so it's always chaos around here, but fortunately, it's almost always fun, too!

Friday, June 11, 2004

What a good wife I am!

My husband was worried that he would miss an important meeting while he was out of town today. So I set MY alarm, and called him very early - at 5:30 am MY time.

When the kids woke up a few hours later, my son called him again, just to make sure Dad had gotten up and made it to his meeting. (He had.)

I think it's really important, when one spouse is out of town, to maintain the relationship as though the space isn't there. Because it is, after all, just space. With telephones and email, we really are just a moment away. So staying in close communication is really very simple. Just communicate!

Here are some great marriage links:

Tips for a Great Marriage.

Tips for Successful Relationships.

Marriage Solutions.

Marriage - Scientology Volunteer Ministers.

Scientology Technology helps Marriage.

Church of Scientology DC - Marriage.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

My husband has gone out of town for a couple of days on business.

He used to travel frequently, and I had really become accustomed to it. Even though I had 5 children, ages 6 & under, (or 4 children and pregnant, which is harder in many ways), I found that with some small adjustments, we got along quite well "on our own", when Daddy was gone.

It was harder, of course, but with careful menu planning & shopping, and getting laundry help from my husband BEFORE the trip, and after he got home, things were much easier.

I remember when my husband changed jobs and wasn't going to be traveling any more, feeling for a while like I actually missed his trips - it was easier, in some ways, to just have the kids!

This blog entry is for any mothers with lots of little ones at home, whose husbands sometimes travel:

Besides having the laundry totalled handled before the trip, and getting all the grocery shopping done beforehand, I always felt like I could get along better if I thoroughly cleaned the house before he left.

I made sure that we had a really fun activity scheduled for every day. For instance, sometimes I'd plan one of the following activities for each day daddy was gone:

a special "tea time" with herbal tea and cookies
coloring books & a new box of crayons
making pizzas with tortillas instead of pizza dough
making homemade paper dolls
a new storybook to read
painting pictures to send to grandma
organizing toys

It really helps to have something fun to look forward to every day, when dad is gone.

Sunday, June 06, 2004

Phew! What a week we've had, with a little one who has gotten his daytime/nighttime schedule mixed up. It's happened with him before - he wants to be awake at night and asleep during the day.

We finally got him back on a normal schedule, but it took a week to do it!

Now if I can just get my own body back on schedule...