Re-enacting can take up to a week in advance to prep for and nearly a week afterwards to clean up after. For the past few years, I've been working on making the prep and clean up quicker and more efficient. It helps that we have an enclosed trailer we haul our camping gear in. Also, I stopped being so lazy at events and do a lot of clean up there. Still, there's always stuff to do. Today's big projects are grocery shopping for the event and preparing some of the foods ahead of time. I used to do all the food prep at the event, but with a little one, it'll be easier to "heat and eat." I also want to get as much packing done as possible today so we're not running around like crazy tomorrow. I also want to clean the house and get the laundry done. I dislike coming home to a house in disarray and then add the disarray with the stuff that needs cleaning up after the re-enactment.
I am so thankful for a husband who fully supports and encourages me as a stay at home mom. He sees me as an equal partner in this relationship even though I don't have a salary. He doesn't feel me to be a leech. Whenever someone asks if I work and I say no, he quickly jumps in and says that I do so work. In fact, just this past Sunday, a friend of ours we hadn't seen in a while asked me if I worked. I said, "no." Hubby said, "Yes you do! You're growing a baby!" It's so wonderful to have a husband who understands and VALUES the work it takes to "grow a baby," to take care of home and hearth, to raise a toddler, and to love a man. I'm so blessed!
Every time I mention starting up a business for myself to pull in a little extra money, hubby quickly nixes it because he values that my putting all my focus into our family is THE MOST IMPORTANT thing I can do for us.
How nice it is to have that balance and peace in our lives.