Thursday, May 20, 2010

Children are so life changing

Do you ever sit and wonder what you did before you had children?  I do all the time and think how funny it is how having a child can change your life in so many ways.  Don't get me wrong I love my life as a mommy and would never go back to the old days, but it sure is nice to reminisce of those fun times.
Jason and I lived in VA beach for about 2 1/2 years.  Our apartment was about 10 minutes from the oceanfront.  We normally didn't go down there because it was always crowded.  We went to a small beach called "Chick's Beach." (The spelling could be wrong)  We would get our cooler and head over to the grocery store.  There we would get all necessities for a long day at the beach: water, magazine or two, beer, bread, lunch meat, and a bag of chips. We would sit at the beach, just the two of us, and drink beer and just enjoy each other and of course soak up the sun.
On days it was cloudy or cold we would lay around the apartment.  We would blow up the air mattress and watch any type of marathon that was on TV that day or lifetime movies.  They were lazy and uninterrupted days.
If we were traveling somewhere for the weekend it was so easy.  I could pack Thursday night for a weekend trip and not forget a thing.  Where ever we were going we would meet up with friends and hang out until the wee hours of the morning.  Our biggest worry was if the dogs were OK staying wherever we were. Oh yeah the other worry was that we weren't too hung over to drive back home.
I remember when we could go shopping for what we wanted and get it and leave.  There was no getting the stroller out of the car, making sure we had diapers and wipes, a bottle and formula or the sippy cup . Don't forget the snacks to help ya get through the trip without being asked a millions times if they can get out!
That brings me to my purse.  I have always carried a large purse.  It has always been full at all times.  Right now it is full with my wallet, change purse, cell phone, diapers, toys, wipes, sippy cup, a smashed cereal bar, and goldfish crumbs at the bottom. Honestly, I have no clue what I carried before to make is so heavy and full before.
I remember we were sitting at the apartment the Christmas before we got married.  We didn't go to either of our home states that year to visit, but I don't remember why.  We were having a conversation about how bored we were and it didn't feel like Christmas.  I said, "Think of how much fun it would be if we had a kid running around and a bunch of toys." 

Well here we are with our weekends full of chasing around a little girl with no TV besides Elmo and Mickey. I even tape things on the DVR and forget to watch them or just don't have time. If we have the air mattress out its for jumping and flipping on.
 If we travel I start a week before just so I don't forget anything.
I spend more money shopping because I get so sidetracked (ooops).
Our Christmas morning is full of toys and smiles with just the 3 of us!!!
I wouldn't have it any other way!!! 
Oh yeah if your hungry just check the bottom of my purse there's always something there!!!

YES my windows are always that that dirty please ignore.  They the pefect height for little fingers to touch all day long.  Doesn't matter how often I clean them!  I always say they are the best entertainment in the house!!


Misty Dawn ...aka T T said...

i love your life!!

Trish said...

What great lives we had before becoming moms!
We still have great lives just in a different way, but oh how I miss the life of no worries, no cares and just the two of us.
Thanks for making me drift back in time with you today!

Love the pictures too(dirty windows & all!)

Tenny Kusuma said...

Sometimes....I too miss the old days (before kids). Your daughter is so cute and adorable.

Tired Mom Tésa said...

This is so all so true. It was such a different life but as moms it's so much more fulfilling I think.

By the way, I wouldn't have even noticed your windows if you hadn't pointed them out, I was too busy reading and smiling at your daughter's adorable grins! She is such a cutie!

Vanessa said...

This is adorable. Not that I have a little one but I remember watching my sister's life change from picking up and going to the store to 30 mins later, with kid and everything else in hand. At least it has changed for the better. & snack at the bottom of the purse? Win!

Anonymous said...

How true! She is a cutie!

Mrs. Vincent said...

It's crazy how much life truly changes...everyone tells you your life will never be the same, but it doesn't really kick in how much it will change. I would never change anything for the world...but it would be nice to not be so exhausted all the time, to sleep in, and to just go shopping once in a while (and have the money to do it...). :)