"Not flesh of my flesh, Nor bone of my bone, But still miraculously my own. Never forget for a single minute,
You didn't grow under my heart - but in it"

Monday, May 16, 2011

Before and After Kids

Before Kids - After Kids
It's not about what you give your kids, it's about what you are willing to give up for your kids...
I posted this earlier on my fb status and have been thinking about it as I've gone about my day. It's so true.
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Before kids - You slept as much as you wanted.
After kids - You are so thankful for a night with a few consecutive hours of sleep.
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Before kids - You didn't think twice about going out to eat and spending $50 for the two of you.
After kids- You just don't. I can't even remember the last time we went out to eat as a family. It may have been two years ago when we went to Florida?
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Before kids- Success was marked with a college degree, marrying your dream guy, and a 5+ figure salary.
After kids - Success is the dishes and laundry get done, you're still married, your kids are all still alive at the end of the day, and all your bills get paid.
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Before kids- You drove a car you really liked.
After kids- You don't care what you drive as long as it fits everyone and it runs.
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Before kids- You spent an hour getting ready and ate breakfast sitting down.
After kids- You need a 'five minute hair style' and feed everyone else except yourself.
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Before kids - Convenience.
After kids - Best value.
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Before kids- Friday night meant you went out and had some fun with friends.
After kids- Friday night means that you turn off the ringer, take a bath, go to bed and maybe watch a movie if you can stay awake.
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Before kids- You took a vacation every year.
After kids - Well, they just don't happen very often because that money goes towards food, clothes/shoes for the kids, and new mattresses because the bed was wet one too many times.
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Before kids- You wore your big people clothes every day.
After kids- Your big people clothes are for special occasions like a date night, wedding or funeral.
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Before kids- It was about you.
After kids- It is about them.
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Before kids- You had it all wrong.
After kids- You learned what it's like to lay down your life for another.

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