This has quite possibly been the weirdest few days I’ve had in a long time. After two weeks surgically attached to the girls while Trevor was in Louisiana, I spent the weekend almost completely alone. 

Well, not super alone. I’ve been working, but Trevor took the girls and Beau to camp for the long weekend. I couldn’t go with them since I did have to work through Labor Day weekend (shout out to all those in higher ed working through the holiday weekend). While I totally enjoyed the peace and quiet, it was just super weird. I’m used to having alone time in the evenings after the girls go to bed and Trevor is traveling for work. So it was weird to walk down the hall and see the girls room empty. 

So how did I take advantage of my free time?

  • I shopped. I finished up the back-to-school shopping, and got a couple household essentials we’ve been needing for a while. I also had to make a return down at Colonie Center which is no fun with kids so that was downright easy going solo. 
  • I baked. I’ve been craving a peach and blueberry pie so I was able to make a good one yesterday for our dinner tonight. 
  • I sorted. The weather has quickly changed to rainy and cooler so the girls just don’t need as many shorts and summer dresses in their drawers (which were overflowing with random things). I sorted through everything into a million piles (donate, put in the attic and throw away). I swear every t-shirt Hadley owns had massive stains on them so it was a great chance to clean everything out. 
  • I watched Netflix. I started and finished “Friends From College.” It was good (I don’t think it garners all the weird hate its getting), and I really liked the cast. 
  • I ate two dinners with prosciutto (think salty, cured Italian ham). Okay, so Trevor isn’t a fan of prosciutto and I’m always seeing delicious recipes with it and I just can’t make them (the kids won’t eat it either). Saturday night, I made a pizza with garlic oil, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and basil. It was so good and I’ve been seriously enjoying the leftovers. Sunday night, I made this Pappardelle with Prosciutto, Arugula and Lemon from Spoon, Fork, Bacon and it was so good. I highly recommend it to my fellow prosciutto leftovers. 
  • And, of course, I worked. It was a super rainy Sunday, but it was move-in day for first year students at Union. I was able to get some photos (mostly of all the cute dogs people had brought to move-in with them) and not get too soaked. 

I have to say though, it was nice. I think every mom needs a few days to herself to recharge, especially right before the new school year is about to start. I feel like I have more focus to bring to motherhood and being a wife. It’s very hard for me to turn my mind off – I’m constantly thinking about what I should be doing, but the weekend allowed me to shut off and just enjoy being in my house alone.