Thursday, April 9, 2009

Living the Domestic Life

After nearly a whole year of living the "domestic" life being a SAHM, I realized that there are things I love about this lifestyle and also things that I am less fond of...

  • Being out and about during weekdays. There is something so satisfying - I don't know what - about being able to go shopping, walking or really anything during typical "work hours". This just gives me an added sense of freedom

  • Getting to spend all day with Brendan watching him learning and growing into a little man.

  • Taking pride in my home - in its cleanliness, in my abilities to make a comfortable and safe home for my family.

  • Taking evening courses. These help me keep my sanity and give me a much needed break from the homestead while learning new things at the same time.

  • The odd day when Brendan sleeps in and I wake up at 9am to the sun shining through the window and Brendan happily making noises from his bedroom to let me know he is awake. Being able to lay in bed and enjoy the morning sun is a rare pleasure that many working people do not get except for maybe on the weekends MAYBE

  • Having time to cook, read, craft, and garden

Work (I call this work because these are things I enjoy less and yet I have to do. Although I realize that many people love the thing they call "work". I just didn't think it would be appropriate to call them something more negative)
  • Sometimes lacking the recognition for all that I do because they are so-called every day chores.

  • Taking on nearly all of the household duties which are often cumbersome and neverending because it just makes sense for me to do these things because I am at home.

  • Spending every waking hour with Brendan. I listed this as a joy or benefit but it is a double sided coin. As much as I love him, I also love the time away from him and sometimes find myself overwhelmed on days where he doesn't sleep much or is cranky due to teething or lack of sleep.

  • $$$. Unfortunately this position doesn't offer a nice salary or benefits or an end to the work day. Prior to Brendan I was for the most part financially independent and had a little extra to spend on whatever I wanted. These days money is a little tighter and as most moms do..I find that any extra money in the budget is spent on Brendan. It will be nice when I get back to making some money.
Some of my cakes below: The first one was my very first cake for cake decorating using the star tip. This is the kind that is used to make most character cakes (Disney, etc.) I made a simple rainbow and wrote Ryan on it. The cake was vanilla and had vanilla icing filling. I gave the cake to Ryan to eat for work.

The second cake, obviously more aestetically appealing, I made for my best friend's (and maid of honour) birthday yesterday. The cake was chocolate with a vanilla pudding filling. I used the left over icing from the rainbow cake (darkening some colours slightly) to make this nice "spring looking" cake. I really practiced my flowers and even did a flower border around the base of the cake.


Michelle said...

Congratulations on your engagement! And best of luck with the wedding planning. Beautiful cakes - the flowers are so gorgeous!

Thanks for the cost-cutting advice, I can't tell you how much I appreciate it. :-)

Dan said...

Nice cakes! I love cake, eat them birthday or not.

Urban Environmentalist said...

Np Michelle!!! I can't tell you how much I love economical wedding idea blogs hehe. Dan- I seem to recall admiring a pink cake you posted a pic of awhile back. Cake is fabulous!