May Secret Subject Swap: My Life Without Kids

secretWelcome to Take One of May’s Secret Subject Swaps. This week, 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

My prompt is this:  Imagine yourself with no children, where would you be and what would you be doing? If you have no children, imagine yourself with children, how do you think life would be different?

It was submitted by:

If I had no children:

IMG_2307-001Eating would be much different.  I could eat grown up foods when I wanted, and no one would complain about it.  Or wear it.

I'm visiting today but no car rides with weird children...I would travel, and no one would be fighting in the backseat or complaining about the destination.  Or wearing Wal-Mart bags on their heads.

IMG_1591 (2)I would be fabulously in shape, since I would be able to work out and do things like take walks, take long bike rides, and do yoga without anyone protesting.

.My house would be clean.
(Though I must say my house, however messy that it is, doesn’t look like a drunken Barbie orgy took place. Oh poor Flynn Ryder-it must hurt to be passed out in that pose…)

IMG_1185I would sleep, perchance to dream and not be awakened by a little one at 6 am on a Saturday “Mommy you need to GET UP!”  (Some people are just too perky that early…)

But I would NOT have:

Bloggers in my Top 20 could receive this beautiful handmade, um, thing.  She says its a weapon...Original artwork for free.  Like this, um thing.

IMG_0460The experience of seeing the world as a child sees it.

IMG_0876Free comedic entertainment (I think he’s trying to read someone’s shirt while running those bases).

IMG_1225Infinite love.

The truth is, although there are times when I would like to just be able to have a day away, I was a very boring person before my kids came along.  I really don’t want to imagine a life without them.

This post is written for all the Moms out there.  Happy Mother’s Day ladies!

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

79 thoughts on “May Secret Subject Swap: My Life Without Kids

  1. Sarah, while I highly doubt you could ever be boring, I agree that kids bring a whole new level of awesome to your life. Sure, there are crazy days and days you wanna rock back and forth in the corner with your bottle of wine, but they are TOTALLY worth it. As always, LOVE the pictures!!

  2. This. Is. Fabulous. I LOVE IT!!!! I know you were concerned about it, but really, it is funny and poignant and just has EVERY emotion a mother feels. You knocked this one out of the ball park. Amazing.

  3. I adore this post. It reminds me of all of the wonderful things that we would miss out on if we weren’t mothers. I love the “food all over the faces” and the trashed barbie houses. That gift of foam stickers on a candy insert? Those things are priceless. Happy mother’s day to you!

  4. Your house totally reminded me of my own in those pictures above, but I am so with you on that if this all didn’t exist, I would truly miss it, too. Happy Mother’s Day to you this weekend Sarah!! 🙂

  5. Happy Mother’s Day to you.
    Sometimes when the crazy is at it’s max I think what I’d be doing without them and suddenly I picture myself shuffling down the side walk in my bathrobe singing show tunes to the hoards of cats following me. Not such a pretty picture but it certainly makes me laugh.
    Your pictures are excellent.
    A beautiful look at that gorgeous family.

  6. LOVE!!!! You have captured this all so well. Like you, I have a lot of things I miss about my pre-kid days, but there’s no chance in hell I’d give it up. I mean, really, what on earth would I write about?! 😉

    Thanks so much for this. It’s so great to put it all into perspective sometimes. My little one has been really sick this week, and after just getting her down for a nap, this was a nice little reminder of why parenthood is the best job I’ve ever had.



    • I must admit that I was really wavering on how to handle this prompt! Once I started adding pictures it all fell into place! I’m so glad I wrote something that many moms can relate to. I hope your little one is feeling better very soon!

  7. I did this post. I especially like the pic of the kids wearing Walmart bags…It so seems like something Lori and I would do, hmmmm…maybe it is a good thing I don’t have kids.

  8. This made me cry a little – I can relate to all the things I could do without kids, and how much less fun and joyful my life would be. And I loved seeing the photos of your kids and their quirks – Walmart bags and all!

  9. Oh, this was sweet and fun. I think you’ve got the same dining table we have – same worn varnish and even the same green ground in paint! My fave photo was the one with the bags on their heads. My kids are teenagers now and I miss those days, but at least we still have two cats that are silly enough to do things like that!

  10. Oh friend, YOU are the reason I want to do secret subject swap. What a perfectly perfect post. I love it. I got the directions from Karen, and really want to participate, but am overwhelmed by the scheduling and stuff. LOVE LOVE LOVE this post. And happy mother’s day.

  11. Beautiful job with this one!! i love it! You’re right- we’d love to get away and live the “high life” but what kind of people would we be if we didn’t have the opportunity to play a significant role in the development of a little person? They may be tough, but we love ’em. Great job!
    (from The Pursuit of Normal;)

  12. Ah Sarah, you are an evil genius. You had me all nostalgic for the childless life, and then bam! you had to go and remind me why I love being a mom. And wish I could have a few more. And the Walmart bag pic is my fave 🙂

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  14. You are the awesomest mom, and blogger ever. I totally agree, life is not what I imagined being a mom would be, but I wouldn’t change a thing! Happy Mothers Day!

  15. I like to think my house would be cleaner and my ass would be smaller if I had no kids, but I was just as messy and round before kids. I would travel more and go out more, but I don’t think it would be more fun. Happy Mother’s Day to you, my friend!

  16. Love love love!! Happy Mother’s Day 🙂 (I just found your blog and I love it already! Can’t wait to go back and read your archived posts!)

  17. I want to do a subject swap! HOW FUN! This post is epic. I laughed out loud at the picture of your daughter face down on the yoga mat, because it reminds me of how when I try and do yoga at home Grace comes over and is all up on my mat. I’ve tried to convince her to stand on the carpet next to me, but apparently that isn’t as much as somersaulting into my downward dog exposed nether-regions.

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  19. You humorously and delicately touched on a thought we have all had as mothers at one point. Well done. Also, drunken Barbie orgy….awesome.

  20. I agree that life would be so much more boring without kids!! I mean, a Walmart head bagger and a drunked Barbie orgy to look at every other day! What more can one ask for?!

  21. What a lovely entry! 🙂 As one of the co-hosts from the My Favorite Posts Weekend SHOW OFF Party! I wanted to personally thank you for linking up with us & to invite you to add me to your G+ circles or follow me on Twitter or Facebook as I’ve done the same with you. Also, I run a link party on my food blog, Anyonita Nibbles where you can link up recipes or food related posts. This week’s party is here:

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