The Life of Jennifer Dawn: Spring Break

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Spring Break

I was on Spring Break this past week.  I have a fantastic group of kids this year, but it was a well-needed break from work.  I'll just leave it at that.  
As excited as I was to be on break, the week certainly had a few low points though--losing Eli's stuffed lion at the zoo that he has slept with every night since he was born, a much anticipated trip falling through, a stressful incident that I will spare you the details...
I think I put way too much stock into my breaks.  Being a working mom, I am so desperate for quality time off with my kids that when I finally do get a break from work, I want everything to go perfectly.  Reality is that things don't always go perfectly.
Do you want to know what was perfect?  The precious moments that I got to spend with these two...

Yes, I've been crying AGAIN while typing this post--just like after every other break when I have to return to work.  I'm sorry.  I don't mean to throw a pity party each time.  I'm just madly in love with my kids, and as much as I love my job it really does crush me that I don't get to spend the time with them that I would like.  It felt like I saw them more this past week than I have the whole time since returning to work after my maternity leave.  My fellow working mommas, do you ever have these same feelings?
I hugged and kissed my kids so much this past week.  There were times when it was just the three of us, and I tried to hold them so tightly and just soak up every second.  All the while, trying to capture mental pictures in my head that I would carry with me upon returning to work--Lydia Grace's spiral curls bouncing around, the softness of Eli's little forehead each time I kissed it, L.G. looking up at me and saying, "I love you, mommy", Eli's little hands tightly clinging onto me...
These are the memories that I will carry with me in my heart tomorrow.
These moments were perfect!




  1. You are such a wonderful mother! You inspire me for when I have my own!

    1. I really appreciate that, Morgan. I promise that like any mom I make mistakes, but I passionately love kids, so the rest just seems to fall into place. You are going to be a fantastic mommy someday!


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