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Ways I’m Becoming My Mother, #53

A few weeks ago, on Mother’s Day, I wrote a piece about my mom and all the things she has taught me over the years.  I have a great mom, and like every daughter out there, I’ve said to myself on more than one occasion “Oh my gosh, that is EXACTLY how my mom used to say that!”

I wrote in the Mother’s Day piece about how I call my mom The Cruise Director because each of our visits is planned to the second since we musn’t waste a moment of our trip.  There’s no sleeping in when you visit my parents. Naps? Perhaps, but sleeping in is not on the agenda.

So when I had my last day at my very part-time job last week and embarked on a slightly altered path for my Stay At Home life with my kids, I was only slightly surprised when I found myself becoming a Junior Cruise Director.  This was our first week at home without me spending a few hours preparing for my meetings and leaving the boys on Tuesday evening and Wednesday during the day.  Here’s how we spent our week:

Tuesday – Trip to the Explorium of Lexington, the local children’s museum (where, by the way, we decided not to purchase an annual membership)

Wednesday – Trip to the library where Miles chose a few books and we picked up information about the summer reading programs

Thursday – Visit to a wildlife reserve park in the next city, which we have somehow never been in the nearly three years we have lived here.  It’s awesome, almost like a mini-zoo!  We were supposed to meet up with a local babywearing group, but it was crowded and we never saw them.  We also took a picnic lunch.

Friday – Morning trip to the park (playground and walk)

If the weather had been nicer, we would have spent even more time outside.  Next week, we plan to go to the library, the zoo, and possibly the wildlife reserve before heading down to Tennessee to visit my parents where we will visit the children’s museum and do some hiking.  I also sat down and put our summer plans onto our refrigerator calendar and our online calendar at

I have to admit, it feels nice to be productive.  Perhaps my mom is onto something…

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About Krista

Krista is a full-time working mom of two boys, currently aged 6 and 7. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, Brandon.


  1. Are yoy talking about the Game Reserve in Frankfort? Such a fun place to spend the day!

  2. Yep, that’s the one! We had been to the park and just walked around the water, but never back in the animal area!

  3. Part time jobs for moms are so hard to find! I am looking for one now, the extra money sure comes in handy with the price of gas being so high! I can’t afford to take trips like that.

  4. Marlene Kehrer says:

    Welcome aboard, Junior cruise director!!

    love you,