Friday, April 3, 2009

All By Myself...

Don't wanna be
All by my-ah-ah-ee self!
Anymooooooooooooooooooooooooooore
By myseeeeeeeeeelf
Anymooooooooore
OOoooohhhhhh, oh, oh, ohhhhhhh


I think the person who wrote that song probably didn't have any kids.

This weekend I am going to be ALL BY MYSELF, and I am going to love every minute of it. Todd is taking the boys up to the cabin with his folks for the weekend and I'm staying behind to have another open house on Sunday. I just can't imagine all the free time I'll have. Oh the things I'll do.

I'll watch Twilight until my eyelids break the toothpicks holding them open. I'll stay in bed until 8, no wait, 9! in the morning. I'll go shopping BY MYSELF for as long as I like. I may even try on clothes. I'll get whatever I want for dinner and eat it while it is still hot! I'll talk on the phone without shouting and screaming and fighting as background noise. I'll eat SNACKS without having to share with three hungry mongrels. I'll take a looooooonnnnngggg shower and then I'll DO MY HAIR! Heck! I may even take a luxurious BATH!

The possibilities are endless, I tell you!

Still... I always have this weird feeling that I am going to burst into tears when I see all the men I love most pulling out of the driveway. And I know I will have to restrain myself from packing my bag and jumping in the truck with them at the last minute. And the house will probably feel eerily quiet and bare at nighttime. And... no good morning kisses. Or fresh heads of hair that smell like Johnson's shampoo.

Who knows. Maybe I will be singing that sappy song by Sunday afternoon.



44 comments:

Maryeliz said...

I know what you mean about the ambivalence of watching the family go... but it sounds like a fab weekend to me. Enjoy! (Now I'm going to have that song stuck in my head, btw. But I always associate it with singer Shirley Bassey.)

Chrissy said...

ooooh, shopping AND trying on clothes? Without someone inside the dressing room with you giving a running commentary? That is such a luxury!!!

Enjoy your alone time!

BeautifulWreck said...

I would love some time by myself! I'm green with envy!

painted maypole said...

oh, enjoy it! it's ok to miss them, but you can miss them and still enjoy it!

Jeni said...

At my advanced age, one would think I have loads of time "All By Myself" but not true. In order to have the ability to get anything accomplished here -with the two grandkids around -either Mandy (my daughter) or I is almost always stuck at home with at least one child! Then, we pray for the time that both of them crash and burn into sleep-land and also, that the younger stays asleep all night too -which tonight, he has now decided NOT to do! So, since my sleep patterns are such that I am frequently up way, way late at night, into the wee hours, I'm generally the one who gets stuck trying to coax him back to sleep. Oh well, such is life! I'll sleep in the morning or grab a nap in the afternoon when it's Mandy's turn to be awake and on guard duty!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Next week is my kids' spring break...they will be with their dad for the whole week. I will miss them...but I am looking forward to many hours of blissfully UNINTERRUPTED sleep!!! Hope you enjoy yourself too.

tweetey30 said...

Enjoy your time alone. I wish I had more of it. Jeff wont take the girls anywhere without me.. LOL..

Tiffany @ Lattes And Life said...

Soooooooo jealous!!!! Enjoy it!!

Laura said...

And visit the washroom ALONE!!!! And any mess made will be your own!!!! Ohhhh I long for alone time!!!!

ENJOY!!! HUGS!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Sounds like heaven!
Have a fabulous time!

lime said...

i can totally appreciate not having to fight for a scarp of food since i have three bottomless pit teens! enjoy!

Krystyn said...

Sounds like a fab time to me. Cry for a minute, and then enjoy yourself!

Tammy said...

Enjoy your peaceful, whatever you want to do weekend. :)

Brittany said...

Ohhhh I am so jealous- but WELL deserved for you my dear! have fun!!!

Lisa said...

I think that sounds WONDERFUL! I keep hoping that my hubby would get the idea to take the girls so I can do something by MYSELF before this baby comes and is attached to the boob.....can you have Todd send my man a memo about that, pretty please?!?
ENJOY!!!

Riahli said...

ahhhhhh...quiet time! So rare, so treasured. I get a few hours tops here and there, and I still get sappy when the boys are going somewhere with their dad. I can't even imagine a WHOLE weekend!

Enjoy!!

Mom24 said...

Jealous doesn't even begin to describe it. Have a wonderful time!

Cyndi said...

ooo! Enjoy yourself. I was trying to think of something I would add to your list, but it sounds perfect! I might through in some knitting, but I don't think that is your thing.

Wendy said...

I am so envious! Have a GREAT time! And you'll enjoy the boys even more when they do return.

Momisodes said...

Oh that sounds lovely. Although I can certainly understand the bittersweetness of it all. I'm sure you'll have wonderful alone time, but will be ready for them to come home in the end.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

soooooo jealous! home alone! i fantastize about that all the time! is there room in your husband's vehicle for my men too?

April said...

Just think, you won't be ALL by yourself. You and your little girl will be spending the weekend together!!! ;-)

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

You FOOL. Do not bemoan time alone. ENJOY IT!!!!

:)

Kelly said...

Oh girlfriend, I have to say I'm slightly jealous. You WILL miss those boys like crazy but the alone time will be soo good for you. And hey, maybe you'll sell that house too!!

Enjoy your weekend!!

Dawn said...

Oh, I so get this! Have a fabulous weekend and enjoy your time all by yourself.

Tonya said...

yeah you might cry but you will have so much fun doing what you want to do have fun!

OHmommy said...

Im trying not to feel jealous. Trying. :)

Enjoy every stinking minute. I hope you sing!

Burgh Baby said...

I think you should spend at least five minutes doing NOTHING. Just stare at a wall and breath. At least, that's my dream of what I would do if ever left alone. "Nothing" sounds so glorious!

Have fun!

Mel said...

Wow...Eric Carmen...played that song to death when I was in high school. You know...back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth? ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!!!!

CC said...

Geesh! I think I've been alone in the house for an hour 2x in the last 4 years. Let alone for a weekend!

Elaine A. said...

Enjoy your time to yourself. I'm sure you'll miss your guys a little but you deserve some time to chill out by yourself Momma! : )

Robyn said...

ENJOY!!!

Indy said...

Rub it in girl, rub it in. Just kidding. Enjoy!!!

Beck said...

I am so very, very jealous. And it's mostly sleep related - you get your bed TO YOURSELF (no kids!)! you can sleep in as long as you like! (No kids!)
Oh, ENJOY!

Not Your Aunt Bea said...

It will be a bittersweet weekend- wonderful that you can have a lovely weekend, sad that your men will be away. I hope your open house goes well! Sell, sell, sell!

Dani said...

I hope you enjoy your "me" time!!! It's funny I always say that I need "me" time but then when I get it I feel like everyone and everything is missing!!! But eventually do what it is that I wanted to do!!! Have a great weekend!

Cheryl said...

Hi!
first off 3 beautiful kids and one on the way? You are amazing!!!!
You NEED some time to yourself. I hope you enjoy every second of it, it's these quiet times we dream of, but then get them and all we want is our chaotic life back. I hear ya!!!
Cheryl

Jo said...

wooohooooo!!! Enjoy it mama, you deserve it. And yes, you will probably get teary eyed when they go, but I bet some warm food and money well spent shopping will solve all of that!

Maggie's Mind said...

You are too cute. Hope you are in the middle of enjoying your time thoroughly. Sounds like a well deserved break, and I hope you aren't missing them all too terribly.

Daisy said...

enjoy your time alone! It will be restful and calm, even though it might be a little lonely.

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Oooooooh "friend"vy oozes from every pore . . . along with best wishes as you languish in free time. Lucky gal! XO

p.s.
I'm still praying about your house sale situation. Maybe this weekend . . .

Emily said...

does he want to take my kids, too?

Nap Warden said...

A weekend alone...I think I'd spend the whole time sleeping;)

the little travelers said...

no kidding on the song! i've often thought the same!

Words To Live By

Be grateful for each new day.
A new day that you have never lived before.
Twenty-four new, fresh, unexplored hours to use usefully and profitably.
We can squander, neglect, or use them.
Life will be richer or poorer by the way we use today.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day.
You shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be
encumbered with your old nonsense.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson