Friday, July 3, 2015

What do you like to do for fun

The last 6 years my life have revolved around diaper changes, feedings, nap schedules, bed times, etc. There isn't much room for anything besides the occasional date night with the husband. Now my kids are a bit older and there are no diapers, only rare naps, and we can be on the go a little bit more. It sounds great (and it is) but the places we go are centered towards small children - play places, parks, library story time, t-ball games, swimming class, dance, or friends who also have children. My kids are in bed around 8 pm and I am usually to exhausted to plan on going out to do anything. So my evenings consist of cleaning up the house from the day, folding the laundry sitting in the dryer, netflix, or reading. And during the school year throw in making lunch for the next day and packing backpacks.

So when someone asks me 'what do you like to do for fun' I draw a blank. I don't know what I like to do for fun. This totally bums me out when I think about it. What did I use to like to do before having children - well I had friends and we would go out, have late nights, drink occasionally. And that can still be fun I suppose but even if I have a late night my kids are still up at 7 so it kind of dampers that. Plus I'm pretty much past that part of life where you want to go out all night.

I'm in the phase of life where wanting to go out takes preparation and sometimes days of planning. And then you realize most of the time that it's not really worth all the hassle. You have to make sure schedules are adjusted or you have a sitter and you plan exactly when you are going to go and be back. Then you have the cost of whatever you want to go out to do plus the cost of a babysitter and it really makes eating pizza on the couch sound better and better.

I know that eventually it will be easier for me to find things I like to do but I am not sure what that is going to be exactly. In the mean time I am just going to try to figure it out and hope no one asks me what I like to do for fun - because fun, what is that? Fun for me at this moment is having a conversation where I don't get interrupted 75 times!