Before I became a mom, Saturday nights were for going out. They were for drinking and parties and friends and sometimes even dancing (but not usually because I am far too uptight for all that).
Saturday nights now have a distinctly different flavor. It’s more of a enjoy the peace and quiet because the kids are sleeping kindÂ of fun.
Or, better (?) yet, I usually have a slumber party with the kids in my bed on Saturday night, and I go to sleep with them. Since I work late into the evenings during the week, I spend this special time with them on the weekends. It’s our tradition.
I’m just a wild and crazy kind of mother. I know you’re jealous.
Anyway, if I was designing the perfect Saturday night without my kids, I would go for these indulgences:
- Eat something rich and decadent, like a big slice of cheesecake. I might have baked this in advance or picked it up at the grocery store, but it would be ready and waiting for me once the kids were in bed.
- Pour a glass of wine. I don’t drink (had to be honest), but enough of my friends do that I couldn’t skip this step. If you’re a drinker, I think a glass of wine is a must in this perfect Saturday night scenario.
- Watch When Calls the Heart. This is my new favorite of all favorites tv show. I never miss it, at 8pm on Saturday nights on the Hallmark Channel. (In fact, the kids now watch it with me. They’re hooked, too!)Â If you missed the last episode, Elizabeth and Jack both had to return to Hamilton after Elizabeth’s sister and Jack’s brother were in an automobile crash together. Things are tense between them right now, thanks to their respectiveÂ family allegiances. We have to wait until the season finale this weekend to see what happens next!
- Luxuriate in a long shower. I’m not a fan of soaking in the tub, but if I were, I would do that. Since I’m not, I like to soak in the heat of a long shower, the longer the better (except not so much if I run out of hot water, which I occasionally do). I especially like to take my time combing shampoo and then conditioner through my long, curly hair. There are some things that just can’t be rushed, and curly hair is one of those things.
- Go to bed early. I hope this doesn’t seem like a copout, but getting an extra hour or two of sleep feels like one of the greatest indulgences there is right now. Between kids who rise early and a job that keeps me up late, I relish the opportunity to sleep a little extra.
This post is sponsored by Hallmark, and it is the secondÂ in a series of fourÂ that I will write about When Calls the Heart. Photos came from the Hallmark Channel, but all gushing and opinions are mine alone.
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