Oh luxurious free time! Love it.
I'm a huuuge reader. So reading is a big one for me. Trip to the book store, surfing the internet, watching a movie, enjoying a nice beverage in peace (doesn't matter what..milkshake, coffee, wine, smoothie...Just being able to drink it in peace is perfection.), Mothering.com
, Video games, sit outside and knit/read/daydream.
If I'm feeling social I really enjoy going out to eat with 2 of my girlfriends. We usually just go to IHOP or somewhere as equally casual but that time is precious to me.
Lately I've been considering going to see a movie but I just can't seem to justify the cost. Tickets are expensive now!!
I know what it's like to forget how to be an adult. I remember when 2 close friends came over to visit and my friend H asked me, "So how have you been doing?" and I answered her by talking about the pregnancy, my DS, husband and then more about the kids. She smiled and then said, "But really, YOU how are YOU doing?" I kind of sat there baffled for a second not even knowing how to answer the question.
It made me realize how easy it is to forget to take that extra bit of time to devote to just being me and investing in my own interests.
I've been very lucky to have a few close friends and my DH to remind and encourage me to just "do anything or even nothing" when I get free time. I used to feel like I was wasting time or not being a "good wife" or "good mom". I've come to see that taking the time for myself makes me more peaceful and a much better mother and wife. It also gives me confidence and makes me feel good about myself. I think my DS and husband pick up on that and it makes for a happier home.