I had a whole post wrote out and accidentally deleted it a mere minute after posting it. If you saw it and wondered where it went, chalk it up to a blonde moment.
Steve and I don't get a lot of time together. He frequently works six and seven days a week, often well into the evenings. When he isn't working, our daughter wants her time with him or he's busy taking care of things around the house that I can't do.
We try to steal some time for ourselves with date nights once in a while. Rarely, our daughter will spend the night with someone and we'll get a whole night to ourselves. But one on one time for us is in short supply.
This past week has been different. After putting in a major work day last Monday and not getting home until midnight, Steve decided to take the next day off. Then all of a sudden, his boss didn't have any work for him so he's been home ever since.
At first, I was too wound up to really enjoy having him home with me. As the one who manages our household bills, I was worried about the effect this time off was going to have on our budget. But then our tax refund arrived earlier than expected and I could finally relax and enjoy our time because I knew the bills could still get paid.
Each morning, I've got our daughter off to school and then crawled back in bed to snuggle with Steve. Some mornings we'd go back to sleep. Other mornings, we'd curl up together under the blankets and watch one of our favorite shows.
Later, we'd have a leisurely breakfast (or lunch if we decided to sleep in). Then we'd spend the rest of the day together talking, taking care of things around the house or just enjoying each other's company. After our daughter got off the bus in the afternoons, one of us would supervise her homework then we'd spend the rest of the day as a family. This week we've even got a couple full days together as a family thanks to school being called off due to the snow. We've played board games, went sledding and built snowmen.
It's been wonderful. All of us have blossomed with the unexpected time together. It's going to be hard to make the adjustment back once Steve goes back to work.
But change is on the horizon. In our talks this past week, we've discussed a lot of things, including Steve's growing dissatisfaction with his job. Now that he's saw the benefits of us being able to spend more time together, not only as a couple but also a family, he wants to keep that going. That means a job that doesn't require him working so much.
He's put in a few applications and we're currently waiting to hear back. Hopefully one of his applications will be successful and he'll be able to work a normal schedule that allows us all time with him.