I thought of this question when I was doing the dishes while watching the kids play outside. I love having a window in the kitchen that overlooks the backyard, so I can send the kids out to play while I do the dishes. I can hardly get a thing done when they are in the house. Before they were old enough to stay in back on their own volition, my lifesaver was having a fence back there!!
I'm sure I can think of some others, but I also want to hear about other people's!
And my husband.
Mother to one Little Flower Child 3/08 and one little squirmy boy 4/12 , Wife to ,I am a Vegan Pagan. We , !
Near us (within walking distance) is a drop-in centre that is free. We go there many mornings. Mornings are a bad time for me so having something so easy & free to do gets us going in the morning & requires very little of me. Plus I've made some good friends going there.
Surviving sleep deprivation one day at a time with dd (Oct '11) & ds (Oct '08).
I am so happy to see my kids when I pick them up, and I get so many things done while they are there that I have more time and energy to do fun things with them.
MIL lives next door. She works FT, but she is off from work this week. DD is over there right now, which made it soooo much easier to get DS down for his nap.
My own mom is also a lifesaver, but she already watches the kids one morning a week, so I try not to take advantage of her on top of all that she already does for us.
Now I might actually have the opportunity to get some bday invites addressed, while DS is napping!
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
― George Orwell, 1984
Trips to the dog park. Seriously, my dogs can play/my DD can play with friendly dogs for an hour and run around. Excersise for everyone!
Meals in the freezer
Our 3 year old will eat almost anything with sprinkles on top. I don't even feel like I deserve to own the awesome power of 6 sided sprinkles container.
Secret Closet of Mystery - small area of the closet with new goodies for when we need a little something
Fenced in yard for my 20 month old
Lots of neighbor kids with parents who let their kids run around for my older kids
A good sit and stand stroller for long walks to school with three little ones.
Arizona backwards is still Arizona! It's a palomino!
(fun thread! & interesting to see how many answers are the same...)
Loving mama to magical boys Skyler (11/21/03) and Gryffin Emrys (9/30/08).
Early bed times.
Thomas the Tank Engine books on CD. When I need some mental space or a rest, I put one of those on and we all lie on the couch and listen to it.
Mom to DD 8 and DS 6.
I have a love hate relationship with coffee, it's so good but I end up getting headaches when I am on it and needing to drink more and more to get me through the day so when it's cold I drink hot chocolate instead.
Co-sleeping - it's great to be well rested on most days, even though DS nurses a couple of times a night.
Great daycare - we both WOH and I'm so thankful to know that DS is taken care of and loved.
Housecleaner - we finally broke down and have them come every 2 weeks. So great!
Little lifesavers - starbucks chai trip (DS loves flirting with the baristas),
my mei tai and ergo, wireless on my laptop (so I can NAK)
Our best friends (closest thing to family we have living in this city).
And who can forget.... MDC!!!
Kate, mom to 7 year old Djuna and 4 yr old Alden. Missing our good friend Hal the cat who died June 2, 2010
est. quiet time
having a daily rhythm (so off of one right now due to all my morning sickness i had/have in the past)
of course, seeing friends/playdates on the days we get together
knowing my hub gets home before 5!
Co-sleeping. Yep, she still wakes up a lot. Don't know what I'd do if I had to get up and go to another room to soothe her back to sleep.
The gym with free drop-in childcare.
Our awesome 13yo and 14yo neighbor kids. They come over to play with DD almost every afternoon and keep her entertained so I can get a few moments of peace, or even just cook dinner without a little "helper." It's like having a couple of mother's helpers, except that playing with her is their idea so I don't have to pay them.
Fenced in yard with kitchen window overlooking it!
My local library, which has a wonderful, closed off kids playroom. I can take my coffee and iPad in, and sit and have a break while the girls play kitchen and babies.