Even though I miss my kids tremendously, I can find things to appreciate and be grateful for. Here are 10 that I am thankful for while adjusting to being an empty-nester.
1. My house is more picked up. No longer do I have backpacks, shoes, sweatshirts, and other belongings strewn around my house.
2. I do a lot less laundry! Enough said.
3. I buy a lot less toilet paper. Actually, my grocery bills are quite less these days.
4. I sleep in a little later (7:30 as opposed to 6:45) since I don't have to make sure students are getting out the door and on their way to school.
5. Speaking of school, I didn't have to fill out a mountain of paperwork at the beginning of the school year. Neither did I have to volunteer for umpteen things that the school wants you to get involved in.
6. Our evenings are our own. If we want to go out to dinner, we do. If we want to go to the movies, we can. We don't have to schedule our time around the kid's schedule(s).
7. I don't feel as guilty if I don't have dinner planned out. Don is very flexible and we can eat sandwiches if there's nothing in the oven.
8. I get to put my jammys on earlier in the evening. I don't have to worry who might walk through my door at any point through the evening. I can wash my face, take off my b.r.a, and wear comfy clothes long before bedtime.
9. I am thankful for technology during this time. Texting and instant messaging is used constantly and I talk to both of my kids almost every day. I'm thankful that they want to talk to me.
10. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. I love when either (or both) kids come home. I cherish each moment together, the laughter that is shared and I can't get enough of the conversations we have.
Ten Things Tuesday is hosted by Jill @ XBox Wife