Mr. Mom: Day 1

It’s been a great long while since I last wrote a post for our blog.  The previous semester was quite a demanding one, and certain activities had to fall by the wayside for a time.  I’m grateful to Cassia for picking up the slack on our blog with several marvelous posts describing our children’s wacky exploits.  I hope to become fairly regular in my writing for the next few weeks, or at least as long as I’m on break.

Actually, my “break” begins by spending the next ten days at home with Jonathan and Emma while Kathryn and Cassia are in Utah visiting her family.  While we were fortunate to have my parents and brother Matthew visit us in November for Kathryn’s blessing, this is the first opportunity Cassia’s family has had to meet the new arrival, and the first time Cassia has returned to Utah since we came to Georgia sixteen months ago.  As it happened, the best airfare we could get required her to leave yesterday and return on Christmas Eve.  That seemed to her to be an awfully long time to be away, but I sent her off with my blessing and told her to enjoy her extended getaway from the chaos of our home.  To be sure, she’s had to endure more than her fair share of absences from my end these past few months.

So, I’d like to chronicle this little stint as a full-time homemaker to see if it’s just as challenging as many people say.  Cassia did give me permission to have a little extra fun with the kids while she’s away, so the type and frequency of some of our adventures will be a bit unrealistic for purposes of comparison.  And, of course, this is only an 11-day stint.  Cassia’s been at this for nearly 4-1/2 years.  So the usual precautions about extrapolating based on limited sample data apply.

My biggest challenge so far has been simply to reacquaint myself with our house.  I’ve been gone for 12 hours a day, five days a week, for nearly two months now.  During that time many things changed, mostly in the form of new purchases — from food to toys to new baby clothes.  These new items pile up, get old, and (more often than not with our kids) get left out on the floor, the couches, the refrigerator, and the garage.  It’s a daunting task to keep up with it all, and with a demanding newborn Cassia hasn’t been able to all she’s intended to do.  That’s OK — I’m not expecting Wonder Woman here — but my hope is that with only two children to keep track of, and no competing demands for my time, I might be able to accomplish several items on our never-ending list of Projects to Be Completed Someday.

I started by emptying out the fridge, tossing out stale leftovers and figuring out just what was in all those sealed food containers I hadn’t been worrying about for the past few weeks.  I pulled some fruit out of the bottom drawers — ah, still good — and encouraged Jonathan and Emma to snack on grapes and apple slices and cheese cubes this morning before church.  After church I peeled and sliced some carrots to accompany our dinner.  Sadly, they were not a hit.  Our kids are just too used to the softened-by-steam carrots they usually get with their vegetables.  I also tried a little pot roast in a pouch we’ve had sitting in our freezer since forever.  I thought it was pretty tasty, but Jonathan and Emma would have none of it.  After forcing Emma to take a few bites, she declared that was yucky and threatened mutiny if I gave her any more.  Naturally, this did little to encourage Jonathan to try any.  At least they ate all of their Scooby Doo and Spider-Man macaroni and cheese, though I covertly withheld dessert from them because of their finickiness.  Cassia’s not been too keen on roast in the past, so we’ve almost never had any as a family.  I guess I shouldn’t have expected miracles.

After dinner we decorated our (fake but beautiful) Christmas tree that’s been standing naked ever since we brought it out from the garage last Monday.  It was regrettable that Cassia wasn’t here to participate, but things just didn’t work out that way.  I had briefly considered waiting until her return, but Jonathan and Emma were already raiding the decorations box for their own purposes by the time we started.

In the coming week I hope to get some more cleaning done, organize and de-clutter our garage, try to get some sort of FIFO system set up for our food storage, as well as enjoy a few movies (“Bolt” for the kids) and take a trip up north to the Tennessee Aquarium and Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga.  And we’ll see if I can be any more successful in exposing their palates to different and exciting tastes.

So far, all is well.

2 Responses to “Mr. Mom: Day 1”

  1. You are good to do that! I know Cassia needs some time away. It is a long time for Jonathan and Emma to be without Mommy. Be patient. Love, Gramma

  2. I find it funny that the blog has not yet gotten past “Day 1.” Our children can be quite busy, can’t they? :)

    I do miss you. I look forward to seeing you all again in a few days. :)

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