Randy & I finally bit the bullet. We went out on a limb and tried something we said we'd never do. We even shelled out big bucks to venture into this arena. And, it was better than I ever could have imagined.
No, not that....
We hired a housecleaner.
Randy & I talked about doing this when it was just the two of us in our house. And, we said "if we have too much house that we can't clean it, we need to get a smaller house". But, ever since the kids have been born, we haven't been able to keep up with the house, the kids, and work. And, with two kids, it's really not "too big" anymore. So, something had to give.
We gave in and hired a housecleaner to come in. Yesterday was her first day, and I was nervous. I let her in our house, and then left. A stranger - in my house! I came home about 5 hours later, and not only was the house clean, but she had swept the garage! The house smelled of Pinesol - and dare I say, it sparkled.
Last night when I got home, instead of cleaning and doing all of the "normal" things that I always feel like I'm behind on - I got down on the floor and played animals with my kids. After supper and putting the kids down, Randy sat in the chair and watched TV.
It was blissful - it was wonderful. I'm even excited at the prospect of doing it again...