I absolutely love being a stay-at-home mom! I wouldn’t trade it for the world! But, if I’m honest, I do miss a few things about working outside of my home. One of those things being lunch hour! I loved being able to step away from my desk (I worked in a corporate setting the majority of that time) and just leave it all behind for 1 entire hour. My particular company was super flexible, so I could take my lunch break most any time I wanted/needed depending on how I wanted/needed to utilize my lunch break.
There were some days when I’d slip on down to the cafeteria and eat my packed lunch. There were others when I’d have to run out to do an errand. And my favorite days were when some of us would splurge and eat out! Have I mentioned that I love eating out? If money and calories were not an issue, I’d eat out for every meal! 🙂
Obviously, since I quit my job outside of the home to be with these precious little ones full-time, my lunch hour has changed dramatically. First off, the whole concept of a lunch hour no longer exists in my house. I eat when I can and more often than not, it lasts about 5 minutes! And there is no putting my work down and leaving my work desk so I can eat in peace around here. There is usually someone who needs my attention while I’m eating, or at least there’s the possibility of someone needing me while I’m
scarfing down eating my lunch.
Secondly, lunchtime is no longer a break, but it is actually work! While getting our lunches prepared and on the table is not a monumental task, there is nothing break-like about it. Savannah is pretty self-sufficient when it comes to actually feeding herself, but little Brady man requires my full attention. He’s so stinkin’ cute so I really don’t mind! And did I mention the clean up? Oh, the cleanup! 🙂
While it’s true that my lunch hour days are over (at least for a while), I could not imagine spending my lunches with anyone else. Once they are in school, I know I will miss these lunch dates and wish that I could eat with them every day. I probably won’t know what to do with my quiet lunches!
Not only that, but there are some days when we get to grab lunch out with some friends. Or we may get something at McDonald’s and enjoy our unhealthy lunches out on the patio. We try to change it up a bit when we can! And while I truly do enjoy my new kind of lunch hour, did I mention what comes right after?
Naptime makes for the best dessert!