When I started out in public accounting the year after Enron failed (read: work tripled overnight in the wake of new stringent requirements) we would sometime have these cluster groups to vent about the job and get ideas from others. The only thing I remember from those sessions was the moms in the group saying that work / life balance didn’t mean 50/50 each day but a see-saw…. some days were 100% about work and some days were 100% about life, and the latter got you through the former.
Well today was the latter. And it was awesome.
My annual busy season ended in mid-March with 19 days before my first quarterly busy time started, so when I found out Emma’s daycare was closed the last Monday of March due to Prince Kuhio day (if you want lots of three day weekends, be a state worker in Hawaii… we have state holidays for so many Hawaiian royals!) I jumped at the chance to have a day out with my mini me.
We started with breakfast out at a popular restaurant deemed too far away to visit unless in the area for another reason (even though it really is only about 35 minutes away from me).
The special kalua pork eggs benedict for me, and the photo-after-eating-started french bread and fruit off the children’s menu for Emma.
I was a little hesitant because in recent months Emma has been a complete nightmare at restaurants. We’ve had talks about it and I made deals with her (I will supply super fun coloring books, etc. for you to play with at the table if you behave!) but I never saw it in action until today. She was awesome!!!
Made easier by her overhearing the boys next to her discussing the Octonauts, one of Emma’s favorite tv shows. The boys’ dad, who maybe hasn’t had to watch the Octonauts on repeat as often as I have gotten to, kept looking at his sons confused while asking, “what are you saying?” while Emma would bounce in her chair grinning and whispering (but not really whispering) “did you hear mommy?! They know about octonauts too!!!!”
Then it was off to Dole Plantation for a train ride through a pineapple (and other produce) field… but really we went because OH MY GAWD TRAIN!!!!
There was also a bunch of Koi that you could feed if you paid $0.50. Emma was obsessed.
We spent maybe 2 minutes in the world’s biggest maze before calling it quits and getting some famous Dole Whip (the same stuff they have at Adventureland in Disneyland/World.
After a nap for her (ok I crashed for half an hour too…) and dinner prep for me, I caved and let her enjoy some Octonauts before making some English muffin pizza’s for Emma’s dinner.
And my “adult” dinner for Ryan and myself didn’t seem to be so bad either.
I am definitely NOT cut out to be a stay at home mom but I love the days that I get to pretend that I am one.