The Thrill of Something New
Being a stay-at-home mom can definitely have its ups and downs. I have the pleasure of being able to raise my kids with flexibility around their schedules, and I am so grateful for that. But it isn’t always easy. It’s tough when my husband works away from home, and I know there are a lot of families like this. Being a single mom during the week definitely gives me a whole new appreciation for all those hard-working moms out there. As a family, we wait for the weekend to spend time together. That being said, taking time away on my own isn’t my first priority, as I am always trying to get more time with my husband, Brady.
I often have small dates on my own, and have the pleasure of being in my own company: going for walks, taking baths in the middle of the day, reading a good book, or just being still. I enjoy each and every one, and I make sure that I take the time to make these moments happen. I think it is important to fully enjoy being able to take that time away, and to completely appreciate those moments of just being able to be me — not mom, or wife, simply me! I think the last official date I had with myself, away from my family, was about three years ago. But, very rarely, I have the opportunity to do something totally different.
In September 2017, I purchased Sam Smith’s recent album, The Thrill of it All. I am in love with his music. He is young and talented, and I just love his voice, it’s easy to listen to and his vocals are just incredible. After making the purchase I noticed that he was going on tour and in that moment, realized his last stop would be in Calgary, a few hours drive away. I immediately looked online for tickets and was able to purchase two. The concert date wasn’t until a year later, but I knew it would be worth the wait.
And here we are, one year later, three sleeps away to the concert date. I am taking my mom since she shares the same passion for his music. We are taking a night and two full days to ourselves. I have the whole date planned out in my mind!
The best part isn’t only the artist date, seeing Sam Smith, shopping in the city, spending my time with my mom, eating out at beautiful restaurants, or sleeping in a bed I don’t have to make. The absolute best part is that both my kids and my husband are excited for me. They know how much this means to me, and how much I deserve a break. The best part is when I come home and those tree beautiful people are waiting for me.
Yes, life as a stay-at-home mom can have its ups and downs. But when the ups outweigh the downs, life is pretty darn amazing!