Our single neighbor, and co-worker of my husband, did not mean anything offensive by his question. He was just baffled that anyone would want to stay at home with a child. If memory serves me well, I believe his own mother was a SAHM.
What do I do all day long? Well, for the past 8 1/2 years I have helped first graders learn how to read each weekday, school morning. That means I have half a day to account for. What do I do? Hmm...Laundry, grocery shopping, birthday present buying (including wrapping said gifts, picking out cards and mailing them, if necessary), Meal planning, nutrition management and cooking, yard work, afternoon greeter and listener then shuttle service to two teenagers, hopefully workout (not as high on the list of priorities as it should be), personal maid service to our household...includes cleaning bathrooms, floors, and windows, zookeeper...
Gosh, maybe a better question would be, What don't I do? I do not sit around and watch TV or eat bonbons during the day and I don't know any other person, SAHM or not, who does! With the above said, I must add...I love my life.
I also love to read. But that is one of those, just-before-bed treats I allow myself. This past September, the third book in the four book Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini came out. My son has an even more voracious book appetite than I! He and I were anxiously awaiting the 19th of September. We purchased the above book, Brisingr, and easily decided he should be the first to read it. Oh to be a carefree teen again! He devoured the book in less than three days. Seven hundred and fifty pages!
I will not tell you the details of Brisingr. But I would describe the series as Lord of the Rings meets StarWars. I am sure most boys would enjoy this series. Lots of action, battles, swords, good versus evil mixed with fantasy. When my children were little we read books out loud nightly. This is one of those books that has so many made up names in it that my tongue would probably get tired trying to correctly say every word. The author would cringe if he heard me try to read this out loud. But, as a read, I would recommend these books. Book one, Eragon, was written when the author was just 16 years old. His writing skills have grown with him!
Last night, only two months after my son finished the book, I finally finished the story. At midnight my son was standing over me, patiently watching as I read the last few pages. He's been dying to have someone to chat with about this story!
I am happy to have this connection with my child/ren. The last book I read was Twilight, by Stephanie Meyers. Another good read, but chick flick in a book! My daughter and I could each picture our own Edward. Interestingly enough, my Edward looked a lot like the guy in the 22 year milestone photo below! I'm pretty sure that was not my daughters picture in her mind!
My next read will be number 2 in the Twilight series, New Moon. Off to the book store soon!
What else do I do in my free time? Well, I have a hard time just sitting down and watching TV. I enjoy it, but somehow feel unproductive if I can't be multi-tasking. When I was first married I found I enjoyed cross stitch. Once I had children, I found reading the patterns made it hard to remain focused. Something always side-tracked me!
But, I have always enjoyed the challenge of making a special gift for a new baby! Just last February, my maid of honor and high school buddy, adopted a beautiful little boy! I received her announcement late that month or early in March. Just last night I finished the bib I cross stitched for Philip! I am sure my friend thinks I have fallen off the face of the earth! Moving and doing this kitchen project have not helped with my amount or lack of free time!