From the time you’re a kid and all the way up through college, Memorial Day Weekend often means traveling, parties, sleeping-in and fun. As you get older, this tends to change a bit. More responsibility often translates into working some holiday weekends or using the time off to catch-up on things around the house. That was the case for us this Memorial Day weekend. I desperately wanted to go camping or do anything festive really, but there was so much that had to be done around the house and money that needed to be saved rather than spent, so going out of town just wasn't an option. We spent the first half of our 4 days off cleaning the yard, pruning the roses, doing laundry (tons of laundry), hooking up the AC and grocery shopping. By Sunday I found myself feeling very blue and a little green with envy. Facebook can be a pain in the ass sometimes as it pertains to this situation, especially on holidays when you’re stuck at home... I was reading posts and looking at pictures of friends camping, laking, visiting awesome places like Belize and Paris – while I sat folding laundry and feeling sorry for myself.
I should clarify that my feelings of “blueness” have more to do with things going on with my job right now (post on that later) more so than anything else, but still I found myself feeling envious and I hate feeling like that. I’m an adult so obviously I understand that not every holiday can be a big celebration. I’ve also been a home owner long enough to understand that the work never really ends and it's just a part of owning your own property. I just have a tendency to become overwhelmed and slightly depressed when things aren’t going “according to plan” and right now they most definitely are not. Things on the home front are better but with as much time as I spend in the office, when things are in limbo there, it has just as much of an impact. I’m sure all my fellow working moms can understand what that feels like.
I know I’ve read fellow bloggers post about the perfect lives some portray on social networking sites and that we all know that things aren’t always what they appear. Even with that being said, do any of you find yourself comparing your life, family, career, holidays, etc. with those connected with you on your social networking sites? I try not to, but sometimes when I’m stressed or just overwhelmed with the day-to-day “to-do’s”, that little green monster creeps in.
Thankfully me and G have awesome moms who joined us in ending my weekend of self-pity on a happy note. :) On Monday me, G and the babe joined my family for a day at the pool. We packed a picnic and spent the entire afternoon swimming, sunning ourselves and playing with the kiddos. I even went on one of the big slides, which is something I never do. It felt great to be out and to spend quality time with my family and BONUS, it only cost us 5 bucks! Grace is such a water baby so she, of course, LOVED it.
Our evening was spent grilling ribs and other goodies with G’s mom. We had a good visit and my grill-master of a wife made an amazing meal. It was a great way to end the long weekend and was a much needed reminder that while April and May have not been my favorite months, Georgia and I have an awesome family and that’s something to be thankful for.
Summer Bucket List: Go swimming - check!