Calgon Take Me Away by Liz Nord

Our kids are home sick—AGAIN! It’s my oldest daughter this time. Geez…what’s going on around here!?! I feed them healthy meals, they wash their hands (most of the time), go to bed by 7:30 pm or 8pm, and as far as I know, they aren’t licking the water fountain at school. I feel bad for them for being sick, but come on…I’m tired of this being sick, staying home for days at a time business.

Am I allowed to say that? Am I suppose to feel bad that I actually like having a few hours to myself each day to do whatever it is I do: cook, clean, bake, laundry, run errands, volunteer, exercise, and write. Yes, this is domesticity at its finest. Even though I jest and complain, honestly, there is no other place in the world I would rather be right now…well—It would be nice to live someplace tropical…oh well.

I’m signing off to make creativity collages with the kids. You can bet mine will be covered in pictures of the ocean, sandy beaches, palm trees, exotic flowers, books, and beach houses. I’m self soothing and keeping the kids happy and occupied at the same time. Try it—it feels good.

What’s your favorite stay-at-home while kids are recovering art project?

Hope you have a great day!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Janell
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 13:16:09

    I totally understand, Liz! It drives me crazy when my kids are home sick. I always feel like they are infringing on my “Me” time to work out, write, take a nap, follow my own schedule for a few hours. My time to not be “on duty” for a while. I am impressed you are bringing out art projects- my kids get books or movies when they are sick. I love reading “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” to them while they veg out on the couch. They prefer watching long movies like “Star Wars” or TV shows like episode after episode of “Little House on the Prairie” (mostly because they know it will get me to sit down on the couch with them). Hope your kids feel better soon!


  2. Liz
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 17:01:38

    Thanks, Janell. Honestly, I brought the art project out for myself more than anything, and I hoped that they would enjoy it as well–and they did. I use to sketch, but I haven’t done that since my second daughter was born. All of my old creative juices are fighting their way back and it feels good. :) I loved Little House on the Prairie, although I wanted to have words with Nellie Olsen. I think I’m going to pop in Anne of Green Gables and see how that goes over…


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