Bumming Around

Sometimes we go fun places. Maybe you noticed that recently I’ve been getting out of the house a lot more than I had been? Allan and I had a long talk about how depressed I was getting (very) and we decided to open up our budget for outings for me and the little kids. I’m sorry, life, but I can’t function at all trapped in a house all day. It wasn’t my decision to move out into the middle of nowhere into this great big house, so isolated. So it’s not exactly fair that I suffer so much. If I could I’d go back to college and finish and get a job. I will do all that when my kids are all in school in a few years… I need something outside of just being mom. And anyway, our financial situation isn’t looking so grim thanks to the housing market being on the rise. We’re pretty hopeful that we won’t take a major hit when we sell this year.

So anyway, as much as I LOVE and NEED to get out of the house, I obviously can’t do that every single day, we’re not swimming in money. So on days when I’m stuck indoors I try to do crafts with, do preschool with, play games with, and also just totally bum around and do nothing with, my kids.
This day was a do nothing day. We watched TV together while Ember had a milky snack. We ate a lot of apples that day. And with the exception of taking a walk later that afternoon, that was about it! PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPS: For my own future benefit, (I read back on my blog to remember things!) part of the reason I can afford to go places now is: two or three days a week when Allan carpools he leaves his car at home. His car gets double the gas mileage mine does so I started using his car to go places. It’s costing me half of what it used to now. yay 🙂

5 thoughts on “Bumming Around

  • That is good that you are getting out more. That would be hard being so isolated. Have you thought about doing the Pathway program that Jenna had started? I don't know if it is available everywhere, but it could be an option. Good luck!

  • Hi there! I read your blog often, but never comment! I really feel your pain though. I have 3 kids, a couple years ago they were all at home still AND I was doing home daycare. We don't have a car big enough to hall more than our 3 kids around, so we were stuck at home most of the days. It was very lonely! I'm glad you are able to get out more, I hope it helps. Do you guys have a YMCA near by? Would it be an option to budget for a family membership? They have so many fun (free if you're a member) things to do. My kids love open swim! Take care 🙂

  • I so understand needing to get out, and I have been in that place before where it's hard to afford outings. The days can be so long with little ones.

    I have commented before, but it seems like every time my comments get eaten. I just wanted to thank you for your blog, I really look forward to hearing what you and your adorable kids are up to. I have a very high-needs 2 year old who doesn't sleep and breastfeeds a lot too, so I feel a bit of a kinship with you.

    Hang in there! My kids are currently 18, 12, 10 1/2, 8 1/2, and 2. Before we started over again with the 2 yr old, I remember being struck by how much smoother life was once all of my kids were 5 and up. They would go play by themselves without destroying everything! They could get up and make themselves some cereal if I'd had a bad night and needed a little more sleep! We could go on long car trips without having to haul tons of stuff and stop a million times to potty! They could all wipe their own bottoms! Oh, the possibilities that were now before me. (Then I started over and he has been such a hard baby, I love him to bits, but I think back to those days and remind myself now while I'm bone weary that it will be better in a few years.)

  • Janet, hey! I probably won't go with BYU-Idaho. I would prefer to go through college without a religious connection.

    Sarah, there isn't one near us. I can't wait to move somewhere closer to things like that!

    Nicole, thanks for the comment! It really makes me feel better to hear that when kids get older it does get smoother. And that you have a two year old who breastfeeds and doesn't sleep, oh my gosh!! I wish you lived closer so we could get together and talk about it! I don't know a soul in my town who breastfeeds past 2 or co-sleeps!! Even when blogging about it, I rarely get supportive or understanding comments! It's rough to feel like a bizarre mom and to have people think I should wean Ember and let her cry to sleep rather than offer any help or comfort through experience 🙁

  • That stinks that you get negative comments. In the internet world, I seem to know a lot of moms who parent the same, so I'm often surprised when I go out IRL and am reminded that I'm the strange one. lol. Yes, too bad we don't live near each other, my daughter would love hanging out with your daughters- she has 4 brothers!

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