Thursday, September 3, 2009


I didn't realize it, but I was completely burnt out before our vacation. I know this is dumb and obnoxious, but I didn't think I could get burnt out as a stay at home Mom. I know I work really hard. I also know that if it's gross outside I can stay in my pajamas all day. I guess part of me thought if I didn't have to put work clothes on I had less of a job here at home.

I realized this with a conversation with someone in Belgium. I thought there english was just bad and I was misunderstanding them when they asked if I worked at home. I thought they meant I had a home office. I kept saying that I use to work as a lawyer, but now I'm home with Oliver. She kept saying so you work at home. I finally realized what she meant and it all kind of hit me that I needed a break.

I was stretched a little thin this summer. It was all good things, but we were so busy. I feel like I was a bad friend, wife, mom, relative. Not the worse, but I could have been better. The summer flew by and I don't want the fall to be the same.

Taking a break from everything has made me excited to me home and to get back into the swing of things. I'm really in the mood to start cooking and baking. The markets in Europe are so much better than here. Why can't we get amazing cheese and meat? If I was a real go getter I would open up an amazing store. But I'm still me.

The pastries in Paris were incredible. There are a whole bunch of new things that I want to try to make. The first is orangettes. They are chocolate covered orange peels. I think I could make them and they would be nice for Christmas.

I know what you are thinking. Christmas. She is being way too ambitious. But you are wrong. Whether I was recharged or not I would be thinking of Christmas now. It's labor day weekend so Christmas is around the corner.


kim said...

whoa. there was a lot in that post leigh. just wanted to give you a hug. (and thanks because you're right cmas is right around the corner with the way life moves).

kim g

kim said...

oh no the xmas preparations begin -
who doesn't love a rum soaked fruit cake and hot mulled wine on labor day?

kim f

Christine said...

I'm so glad it's not just me who is feeling burnt out!

Jennifer C. said...

I can totally relate to feeling burnt out. I left my career to be home with Sarah 1 1/2 years ago. Staying home is a tough gig:) I am feeling a spa day coming on...As for thinking about Christmas, I have been thinking about Mickey's Christmas party at Disney....thinking about making reservations. The holiday season is right around the corner.