Working Hard And Hardly Working

Being a stay at home mom is hard. It’s thankless. It’s monotonous. There’s no such thing as sick days. It involves way, way too much poop.

Right now, being a mom seems like CAKE compared to my husband’s job. Especially since the kids are at a sleep-through-the-night, put-on-their-own-shoes, can-be-entertained-with-television-if-I-need-a-break stage and E’s job has none of that. He never gets to sleep through the night, no one at work seems to be able to tie their own shoes without asking for help and even when he’s home in front of the TV he’s thinking about all the stuff he has to do tomorrow (or in 20 minutes, if work calls him in AGAIN). He probably won’t get to go on vacation with us at all this summer and he probably won’t get any real time off until 2014. He doesn’t get lunch dates and trips to the playground and lazy days at home when he’s so tired he can’t keep his eyes open. So even though he gets paid in actual dollars and people (in theory) value his work and give him awards and tell him “great job”, I wouldn’t trade places with him for a second. Well, maybe for a second, but only because he really deserves a break. Although putting me in charge of a nuclear reactor for even a second would be a terrible, terrible mistake.

There have been plenty of times in the past 5 years where the scales went the other way and I was practically homicidal with rage over how I did ALL THE WORK and ALL THE CHILDCARE and ALL THE CLEANING and he was “busy” spending 8 hours rearranging office furniture with a 2 hour lunch thrown in the middle. He’s wasn’t slacking off, he just wasn’t at a very demanding command. But this job he does now? Makes up for every second of relaxation he ever had. If he worked for a civilian company they’d be paying him bazillions of dollars in overtime (or perhaps they’d be in jail for inhumane work conditions) but since it’s the military they can demand all of his time and give him nothing but a terrible headache and a family that missed him.

You know it’s bad when I consider a letter writing campaign to President Obama asking if maybe he can issue a presidential order giving E just ONE weekend off to visit us on vacation. And then I realized even if I was that crazy, E probably wouldn’t take the weekend off, since he’d be screwing over whoever had to fill in for him and might miss something important. He’s a good guy.

Anyways, here’s some photos of the kids and I doing fun stuff over the weekend. The plan is to keep them so busy they don’t notice Mommy is tired and Daddy is gone. Fire trucks are really good for that. So are surprise fairs at the high school with free bounce houses and balloon animals and rubber duckies. It was pretty awesome. Fun fact! It was in the parking lot for my OB’s office and right outside the building where both kids were born.

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Tiny speck on the left is Caroline, running to check out the helicopter on her own. I figured a Safety Fair was probably a safe place to let her run around.

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She LOVES people in costume.

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I hope this is the very last time he is ever in an ambulance.

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Learning about ice rescue techniques. Evan said “It’s like a pool noodle!” and the guy was like “Well…yeah. Basically. But we probably paid more.”

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Apparently she also loves animatronic cars with voices.

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8 Responses to “Working Hard And Hardly Working”

  1. raincheckmom says:

    So adorable! I’m headed to work with a big smile!
    (I use the word “work” but compared to E’s mine is really more like play)

  2. Amy says:

    Looks like tons of fun! They had one of those touch a truck events around here last year, but didn’t do it again this year and we were sad. It was not as cool as yours looks though.
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  3. Robyn says:

    Seriously Suzanne, I think it’s so awesome how much you do with the kids by yourself. I mean, it sucks that E has to miss so much, but I think it’s so great that you don’t keep it from letting the kids miss out on stuff. I still have a hard time taking mine fun places by myself.

  4. emily says:

    youre a great mama! you always seem to find great stuff to do with them!

  5. Kimberly says:

    Caroline loving people in costumes is a 180 from last summer! haha. E IS a great guy, and you are a great mom :)
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  6. Leah says:

    Caroline just wants Smokey’s hat. I can tell.
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  7. Chris says:

    Im sorry to hear that E will be away during some of the special moments like vacation time. At least with you writing this blog he can see how much fun the kids are having and read the stories to go with it.

    I really enjoyed the read and especially liked the images that went with the story. Your son is right that does look like a pool noodle.

    - Chris
    http://fatherrhoodwithacamera.blogspot.com

  8. April says:

    They are so adorable Suzanne. Your husband might be busy and tired when getting home but your little angels simply makes him better. I can tickle your lil lady all day. She’s so cute.

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