I’m coming up on my last week of work before I take a 5-week temporary layoff. AND I could not be more ready for it! Five weeks seems like a long time, yet I know it won’t seem long enough. We have so many plans for my time off, there’s no way we’ll get to them all. But here’s a “short” list of what we hope to do:
- Go to Tanganyika Zoo. It’s this awesome zoo that lets you interact with the animals. So excited!
- Take a family camping trip. We’ll probably go to Perry Lake. My husband is super excited about this one.
- Spruce up the backyard. This has been on our to-do list since we moved in, but now we have some motivation: our upcoming birthday party for a 1-year-old!
- Make everything for/get everything ready for the big birthday party. This one needs a list all it’s own.
- Learn how to sew. Courtesy of my wonderful mother. We have SEW many projects we are planning :)
- Take my baby swimming for the first time. If it’s warm enough.
- Work on my Christmas scrapbook. My parents got us a pre-made scrapbook for Christmas photos and I haven’t gotten around to adding photos to it yet.
- Baby-proof. I’ve learned that this one is kind of ongoing, but there are still some important baby-proof items that need installed – like the cabinet and door latches.
- Paint/update the half bath downstairs. Another project I’ve needed to do since we’ve moved in. A new coat of paint, a cabinet and a few other small things should perk it right up!
- Practice the fiddle. By the time my break is over, I will have mastered Old MacDonald.
- Go on dates. Hopefully we get several date nights in and continue to make time for them even when I return back to work.
And of course we will have other things that will be going on like family visiting from out of state, a wedding, house-sitting for a friend, Mother’s Day and who knows what else. I have been telling everyone I think I’ll be busier on my lay-off than when I’m working and now that I’ve written it all out, it is proving to be true. I know it will fly by, but I’m going to do my best to savor every bit of my freedom for 5 weeks. I won’t have to be somewhere by 7:30 am everyday. I won’t have to be glued to a computer for 8 hours. I’ll be able to cuddle my baby any time of the day. And for those weeks I can pretend like I don’t need a job and get a real feel of the “stay-at-home mom life.” Because hey, who wouldn’t want to spend every minute with this little punkin? :)