10.26.16

My Kind of Happy Hour

Today wasn’t a good day for me. Not even remotely close to even just an okay day. It was more like an organized chaos, and only because there was some semblance of our usual schedule and routine.

You know, those days when everything is out of place? Nothing is in order and you’re so out of it, you don’t even feel like yourself? On top of all that, you make things worse by procrastinating the entire day? Yeah, it was one of those days.

I’m under the weather and I’m sleep deprived of my own volition. I have tons of work and deadlines that won’t budge. My house is a disaster and I have an infinite amount of dirty laundry.

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It’s not anything new in the list of everyday [mom] tasks, but I think it’s the combination of ALLTHETHINGS that weighs me down like I have a ticking time bomb on my back. I barely managed to survive until the end of my work day.

But, instead of working past 5pm, I shut off my laptop and went down to the basement.

And I played with my babies.

We rolled around and wrestled. I kissed them and hugged them. And we just laughed and laughed. I swear I squeezed every bit of their energy into my body.

And I needed it. Oh, I so desperately needed it.

Not in the way that we count down to a glass of wine after we (figuratively) throw our kids in bed for the night. It wasn’t my kids that drained me today. It was life. And my reprieve from it all was the magical hour of playing with my kids.

It might be totally cliché for a thirty-something mom of two young kids to feel or say. But it’s just my truth.

This is my kind of happy hour.

 

My Kind of Happy Hour

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My Kind of Happy Hour

31 Comments

  1. I’ve had moments like this. Oddly enough, on the days I say, ok I’m just going to take it easy and play, are the days I get the most done. The days that are strategically planned seem to fail. I feel it’s meant to be that way.

    Bless you mama and I’m glad you got to laugh for a little bit.

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  2. Steph wrote:

    Oh my heart needed this. Last week I had a day where I had so many deadlines and I had so much to do and was overwhelmed but instead I took the day off and spent it with my kids and it totally prepared my mind and heart to be much more focused next day!

    Published 10.27.16
  3. My happy hour would be nap…if I could ever take one!

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  4. chanel wrote:

    this is such a great post girl! i get so overwhelmed by life and everything else that goes along with it!

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  5. So sweet, great read :)… hardest job ever but so worth it!

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  6. Lisa wrote:

    Aw yes, sometimes just watching your kids giggle and playing is all you need to boost your mood! I have those days too and snuggles from my daughter make it all ok again!

    Published 10.27.16
  7. Love this! It’s so true! My kids have a way of draining the life right out of me most days and other days I feel like I need them to recharge and remind me what life is all about. 🙂

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  8. Lori wrote:

    I miss these happy hours. Time with my kids is still the happiest of times for me.

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  9. I made a big dinner on Monday so I could have leftovers to get in extra play time.

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  10. Sane Mama wrote:

    I feel the exact same way! When I’m having a stressful day, it is so awesome to lose myself in play with the littles. Chasing them or tickling them until they can’t take it anymore. Best of all, I love snuggle them so tight and smell their sweetness 🙂

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  11. Belle wrote:

    I LOVE this! This is so true! My kids simply bring the energy I didn’t I still have even after they’ve drained it most days. Lol

    One Awesome Momma

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  12. Crystal wrote:

    I can relate to you mama. Hopefully, you were able to turn the day around. Keep your chin up, we all get this way at one point or another.

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  13. Amy wrote:

    This is a breath of fresh air because Ive been feeling the exact same way, especially with the holiday season coming up (yikes!) Thank you for sharing your heart and don’t forget that time for yourself. So important to have that ME time 😉 xoxo!

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  14. Joanna wrote:

    I love this post. Sometimes moments with my kiddos are the only thing that can cheer me up!

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  15. Vanessa wrote:

    Oh my goodness YES!!!!!! Life can totally beat you down in so many ugly ways and babies/kiddos have the sweetest way of turning it around and making you smile and feel good. Being a working mama and a full-time mama is a super hard, exhausting job but just remember, you are kicking butt! <3 You are a beautiful mama to beautiful children and you can do whatever is set in front of you. xoxo

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  16. cara wrote:

    My husband and I did this yesterday evening. We both had a rough day with work and going outside and jumping on the trampoline with our boys was just what the doctor ordered. It was so fun and nice to get away from all the worries. Great post!

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  17. Casey wrote:

    I’m having that kind of week 🙂 But today is my Friday so looking forward to clocking out!

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  18. Emily Music wrote:

    Oh I agree- That is the best kind of happy hour when I’m feeling down. Good for the soul.

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  19. Love this! It always makes me so happy when I put everything else aside and fully play with my kids.

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  20. Gloryanna wrote:

    No cliche’ at all, momma. Totally relatable and something that is definitely worth it! It’s amazing how we can let our “To-Do’s” bog us down all the time!

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  21. This made me smile SO much! 🙂 I think we miss these moments more often than we should just due to being overwhelmed by all we have on our shoulders. Thanks for this awesome reminder!

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  22. I know these days all too well. As I read this I can see my never ending pile of laundry to the side of me, screaming to be washed. lol I love your happy hour, I believe its also my favorite kind of happy hour too!

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  23. Angela Kim wrote:

    I have those days too….very frequently! At least you wrestle with them and play with them– I tell my kids mommy needs a break and lock myself in my office. I was able to do that on my 11 and 9 year old, I can’t do that on my 3 months old so he is locked in the office with me for now. lol

    Hang in there mama, there will be plenty of those days…but we come out of it stronger. You got this!

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  24. I love this so much! There is something so magical about spending time with little kids. They are so good for the soul!

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  25. I love this kind of happy hour too! All those giggles and cuddles are so refreshing.

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  26. Kristen wrote:

    Oh I loved this! It’s so true!

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  27. Sheila wrote:

    I love this! This is what I did the other day! Between getting my website up and running and trying to get out a post (not to mention anything and everything going wrong when trying to post it) I finally just shut down my computer and spent the rest of the day with my son! It was so refreshing and much needed!

    Published 10.28.16
  28. Emily wrote:

    Love it! I can totally relate. It’s so true that our kiddos can just breathe life back into our day! xx

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  29. Kelsi H wrote:

    Good for you for taking time with your family. My happy hour is cuddling up with my husband on the couch after work to watch an episode of our fave show. We don’t really speak, but it’s so comforting. Sometimes I get a foot rub, lol!

    Published 10.28.16
  30. Shannon wrote:

    Beautiful! SO good.

    Published 10.31.16

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