2.16.2009

my real life....




So, the other day in the car I was talking to my children about college, and how when they finish high school, that there is college and that is another 4 years of school. Well, my {now} 8 year old was enthralled that you actually get to move out of the house and go somewhere else to live to go to school. So we finished talking about college and moved on to the subject of "after college, you go and get a job".




Let me just tell you it all goes downhill from here.




At this point one of my children then says to me "well mom, how come you don't work? All you do is stay home, so why should I have to go to work"!??




Well SWEETHEART, let me CLARIFY FOR YOU a few things.....




Do you like the dinner that was made for you last night?




Do you like having someone helping you with your homework?



Do you like having clean clothes?



Do you like that I care that you have clean fingernails?














{oops, this pic of Fin falling asleep on the floor while I blogged wasn't supposed to be here}











Do you like how I help in school? Do you like how I bring your tennis shoes to school for you when you forget?












I might not work outside my home anymore and make any money doing what I do, but I sure feel good about where I'm at.

{ Trying to juggle the shop, the home, the kids, and the hubby, is a piece of cake. It's the finger nail clipping that's the work let me tell you. really.}










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29 comments:

Susan said...

that's hilarious!

the wild raspberry said...

the sacrifices of motherhood! no respect i tell ya...no respect.
:)
very cute. hope you're having a good birthday celebration.
chasity

C Maisy said...

Amen sister. Keep doing what you are loving because it's very becoming on you.
I think we should all boycott our kids for a day. We could eat bon bons, watch oprah, create a big pile of a laundry for them to do. Whine about how we are hungry....the list goes on and on.
Then we will just pick ourselves up and do what we do best....take care of the ones we love.
Those kids have an amazing mother.

koralee said...

wow...you know the old saying...being a stay at home mom is the hardest job in the world...well yes it is... but it is also the most rewarding job..you are investing in your children's future and well being...plus it feels good....keep doing what you love.. life is way too short...you do inspire us all.
Oh..i love the apron image..i have a photo just like that in my apron ...my kids are always asking me why i chop off my head in all my photos....

Simply Me Art said...

Too Funny! my mouthy 13 YO said to me Twice last week, YES, Twice... Well, you don't do anything all day! HUH.. The first time I laughed the second, in front of my husband, he started laughing, what do you think mom does all day. Well, it went into a 10 rant on all the jobs I do inside this house, I may not work outside but I do work! Im tellin ya, they will understand one day how Lucky they are we stay home. Jamie

Leah C said...

I used to work outside the home...I've been a stay-at-home-mom for 10 years now. I love it, don't regret it, but there are days that my kids just "don't get it":)

Vana said...

good for you mama...you say it girl!

Jackie said...

You said it sister!! I think they just take it for granted. I'm pretty glad my kids don't know any better and grateful that I had the choice to stay home or keep working (though it can be a pain in the butt sometimes and work looks pretty good). It's funny - my friend asked me to pick up her son on Wed (she just went back to a full time job) and she said "oh, my stay at home mom options are dwindling" - in fact I think I'm the only one left in that particular group of my little guys friends who stays home full time. Kind of a bummer!

Jeanneoli said...

I bet they won't say you don't work again:-) Nice apron!! I hope Mason had a fun day.

Reese & Marie said...

Ditto. I'm going to forward you a funny email about the job descriptions for Moms. Too funny. I always love it when people say "you don't work?" I'm like, I work from 7a-10p. And nights and weekends. And I never stop. And I'm always on call. Motherhood is the hardest job I've ever had. The most rewarding sure, but also the hardest.

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Kasey! Oh how true it is! And I agree about the fingernails...it's nearly impossible to keep them both trimmed AND clean. (And I love, love that apron! I have to get me a pretty apron!)

VINTAGE HOME lifestyle said...

There is no harder a job then to be a Mom...i was a stay at home Mom & would not change it for the world.

hang in there girl...it's worth every dollar(no one pays you)to do.
hugs...
Cathleen

traci said...

yep, the little buggers catch on to that one real quick don't they. we've had that conversation her a few times as my kids have grown. cute!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

my daughter always says when she grows up. she is gpong to be a mom AND something else because moms have a lot pf extra time when their kids go to sleep at night! I just smile

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

my daughter always says when she grows up. she is gpong to be a mom AND something else because moms have a lot pf extra time when their kids go to sleep at night! I just smile

vintagewindow said...

A stay at home mom has the most underated, underpaid and usually under appreciated job on the planet. She is on call 24/7, Doesn't get paid time off, Doesn't have a 401k with company matching, Doesn't have company paid health benefits, Has to work under extreme stress, She is the production and scheduling manager, a finance manager, the janitor, the nurse, the cook, the waitress and the glue that holds a family together. She infact has the hardest and most rewarding job in the world.

Kudos to you for doing what you do.

Have a happy day

Kris

paige said...

can i get a witness?
can i get an amen?

goddessof4 said...

Casey ,I have a bike identical to yours!!!! Wow,I work from home and what you wrote is so true!!!! My mom was not a stay at home mom so it was important that I could stay home with the kids.I homeschool so basically that was the deciding factor.I used to work part time at a salon owned by a friend but he closed it and I already had a clients so my husband and I decided we would take appointments at home on weekends.The most challenging part is keeping the house client ready!!!!

littlebyrd said...

I agree, that fingernail clipping is a B*^%&! Oliver gives me such a hard time. You are doing a great job Kasey!

It' an Evolution said...

I just had the same conversation but they now completely understand what I am trying to accomplish :)
Takes some time to put it all in perspective.
Janet

Jen Kershner said...

I hear you sister! I've had similar conversations with my youngest. My oldest is just so happy to have me home (even at the age of 15!) since she still remembers what it was like when mommy worked full time til she was 7 1/2.

Tara said...

Kasey, sweet Kasey you too funny! I would give as you know to be a stay at home mom, keeping fingernails clipped, mouths wipped and yell STOP a million times if I could. Sometimes I leave the house at 6:00M and want to cry...and sometimes I am ok with it because I know I am putting a roof over my childs head and clothes on his tiny body and food in his never ending stomach...I guess it all depends on how you see it and your attitude. You have to love where you are...wether it be at home or at work, then home to finish the job...I have found a happy medium but it doesn't mean I am always happy with my choice...! Be thankful always for what you have and where you are...! whoops, sorry I think I just went on a rampage...my bad!

LuLu said...

I, too, have had this conversation with my kiddos... my 12 year old asked me the other day, do you like what I do? I looked at her and said "do you have to ask?" she laughed and gave me the best hug and said of course you do! :) (she has her dads humor!!!!
LuLu

Liz said...

I can remember saying something similar to my mom back in the day. And now, as an adult, I smile (and cringe) at the innocence of kids. One day they'll see.

Bethie - Chic Junque said...

I'll tell ya...the attitude is multiplied when they are nasty teenagers! They really take you for granted. I think they must have that AHA moment of what you did for them in their 20's. Cute apron! Cute Finny napping :)!!

Alyssa said...

What a great post:) Oh children...I remember thinking things like that at age 6. One day they will get it;)

NiceAndEasyAntiques said...

Keep doing he wonderful job of being a mom!
They grow so fast! Enjoy every second!Love your blog!

Clara

jackie said...

I deal with this quite often as well, but the few times I've done some long term subbing they sure have noticed how different things are when I'm not home. Great post!
Love your music and your photos!

La Table De Nana said...

I stayed home for 10 yrs.

While the girls were home and needed me..
Then I gratefully got a job that let me be home when they got home of my husband was home.
Those 10.. were my most memorable.
Enjoy.
You are doing the most important job right now.
You have loads of time for the rest..
Trust me.:)