Of course my timing of becoming a SAHM was the same time I was having my third baby, and I had NO time for the things mentioned above. I was just lucky if I made it through those early days without crying. So I gave myself a break and still did what I could with my kids but reminded myself that once the baby is bigger, we will do all of those amazing things I built up in my head.
Well....that baby is now almost 11 months and guess what? We do not do a fancy project on the daily, we do not go on fun outings all of the time, and we don't do "school" time nearly enough. Life is just plain busy with 3 kids and it rarely leaves any room for the extras. I swear most of my day consists of preparing and serving food to my little people.
I use to get myself all worked up if I didn't have a set routine or schedule for the day or week. Of course having a plan is nice and most of the time helpful but it's also OK to do nothing once in a while.
Yes, we still do fun outings and crafts and school, but it's not nearly as much as I envisioned before actually staying home. There are lots of days where we just lay around reading, or talking and laughing, coloring, watching TV, building forts, painting, going on a walk or hanging in our backyard. And you know what? They may not remember that super cool place I took them, but they will always remember us being together and that is truly all that matters.
I don't need to keep up with the Joneses, I just need to keep up with my kids, and as long as they are happy, so am I.