When Mom Comes Home From a Long Day at Work

When Mom Comes Home After a Long Day at Work

Pull the car into the garage.

‘Thank god I am home. I really need to relax,’ I think to myself.

Walk through the door.

‘I can’t wait to change out of these clothes and do some Pilates.’

Enter house and trip over shoes left in the middle of the walkway.

‘Ugh, why can’t the kids ever put there shoes on the rack?’

Remove coat and attempt to hang in closet.

“Mom, what’s for dinner? I’m starving?” My teenager is always starving. Then again so is the little one.

‘Crap, I forgot to take the chicken out of the freezer.’ “Dinner is Tortilla Soup,” I say, “but it is going to be a while.”

Put frozen chicken in the microwave to defrost.

“Mom, we have spirit day tomorrow. I need you to wash my shirt.”

Grab laundry basket and start rummaging for dirty clothes in all the bedrooms because there is no way I am running the washing machine for one shirt. Hear the microwave beep as I enter the laundry room. Check the chicken and see that it is still frozen and stick it back in the microwave.

“Mom! Mom! Mom help!” calls the youngest.

Find child stuck head down between bed and wall. Two feet are waving frantically in the air. Rescue child and retrieve stuffed tiger.

Casey stuck Casey Stuck 2

“Mom,” the oldest calls out. “I need help with my homework.”

HomeworkLook at math homework and realize I have no freaking clue what to do. I haven’t done this crap in 20+ years. Turn on the computer to ask Google.

Microwave beeps. Take chicken out and set it on the stove.

“Mom, can I have a snack?” asks the youngest.

“Not now, I am making dinner.”

“Please, I’m so hungry.”

“Mom, are you going to help me?” oldest asks.

“Hold on.”

Give little one a bowl of grapes.

Phone rings. Oh joy, it’s the insurance adjuster disputing the quote from the mechanic. Hang up and call repair shop. Spend 20 minutes on phone playing go between.

Husband walks in.

“What’s for dinner?” he asks.

Hand him the phone and tell him to take care of the car.

“Mom, I need help.”

“Just do the math problems you can right now. I’ll help you with the rest later!”

Oldest starts grumbling but at least he goes to his bedroom.

tortilla soup

Spend half an hour making chicken tortilla soup.

After dinner clean kitchen, load dishwasher and put leftovers in a Tupperware.

Toss laundry in dryer. Put a load of towels into the washer.

Read with youngest for 20 minutes and sign his homework calendar.

Spend 40 minutes relearning algebra so I can show the oldest how to do it. Really, is he even going to need to know this stuff anyway?

Casey relaxing

Fold laundry and put it all away. Stick towels in the dryer.

Find youngest relaxing on my bed watching Teen Titans Go.

AJ shirt

Give oldest his freshly washed shirt.

“Thanks, Mom!”

Sigh loudly when youngest spills a Costco sized bag of Goldfish crackers all over the kitchen floor. Even though he just had dinner not that long ago he is already hungry again.

Pick up the crackers on top of the pile to put back in the bag (goldfish are expensive). Sweep up the rest and put them in the trash.

Go through the bedtime routine with the youngest. Yell at the oldest to stop playing around and take a shower.

Finally get both boys in bed.

Watch 5 minutes of The Walking Dead that was DVR’d a week ago and decide I am too tired to finish it tonight.

wine and sleeping pills

Chug a glass of wine and a sleeping pill.

As I lay there I think to myself, “I can’t wait to get home from work tomorrow. I really need to relax. Oh, and I need to do some Pilates.”
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