Sunday, August 21, 2011

Operation Survive Matt's Absence- Day One

I'm chalking today up as a success.  Granted it was only a half day, but whatever.  Matt left today at four, after taking us to breakfast at The Original Pancake House in Sugarhouse & then coming home & packing & cleaning & prepping to go.  I'm so excited for him.  He really is studying like I've never seen him & this whole experience so far is very uniting for us as a family.  After he left we picked some take out up from Cafe Zupas & went down to the Wright's neighborhood party.  We didn't stay very long because one of my rules of OSMA is to get the kids to bed on time.  After I put Abram down, Sawyer, Cyd & I had some banana ice cream & then Sawyer & I read books & played horsey on the trampoline.  I really like hanging out with Sawyer.  She's really a cool chic. We knelt down for family prayers & she told me that "this cannot be family prayers.  Daddy isn't here.  It's just girls & Abram prayers."  So apparently I need to revise my list of OSMA rules to correct that terminology. 
Here they are-

The Rules of Operation Survive Matt's Absence
#1- no late nights.  Bedtime is 7:30 for Abram AND Sawyer.  She's a big kindergartener after all & starting Monday, we are going to have to get up at like 7:30!!! (I'm not ashamed to admit that most of the summer we have still been in bed at 9 am.  Ok, maybe a little ashamed)
#2- Mommy's gym time is sacred.  Don't even try to skip or else you'll be all stabby by noon.
#3- Once a week, get a sitter & go out.  With Cyd, by yourself, with friends, I don't care.  Just do it.
#4- Family Girls & Abram prayers every day.  Once a day at the very least.
#5- Personal scripture study & prayers twice a day.  Listen to something from the Gospel Library app at some point during the day & sit down & read real live scriptures in the morning before even getting out of bed. 
#6- Laugh.  Don't take yourself too seriously.  Generally it is Matt's responsibility to see that this happens, so I hope that I can do it without him here.
and last but not least
#7- do not be afraid to accept the help that is offered to me. 
I seriously have no idea how military wives or single moms do it.  GOOOOO them!
and go me.  ;)


Stefanie said...

Okay so am I totally outta the loop?? Where'd your hubby leave to??

(and, go you!!)

Schmath said...

I can watch your kids any time you need a break. My house is reeeeeeally baby-proof, (but somehow not Hanne-proof?)

Jen Nelson said...

Awesome rules!! You can totally do it!

I'd love to help*!

*by help I mean come hang out and have tons of fun :)