In my short teaching career I’ve found that whenever I have long breaks from school I fairly easily morph into what I like to call “Hausfrau mode”.  Hausfrau = house wife. Let me be the first to admit that I’m not the most consistent house wife on the planet when school is in; however, during school breaks is when I often win “Wife of the Year” style awards (self-nominated, obviously).  I absolutely adore Hausfrau-ing when I’m not working.  I love being home.  I love staying home.  I love cooking good food at home.  I love cleaning up my home to make it look nice. I love decorating our home to make it look nice.  I love brainstorming ideas for our home, so long as I’m not the key player in making those brainstorms come to life because I’m terrible with a hammer.

I love these homey things as much as I love traveling, which is a weird phenomenon…who loves staying home and equally loves going away?  I’ve kind of always been this way, but my Hausfrau instincts have been in full force since we moved into our house last spring.  Basically, I am the most boring 26 year old there is, but I don’t even care.  Home is my happy place.

This morning as the sun (finally!) spilled through our glorious, big windows I looked around and took a deep breath.  It’s at this point in a break from school that I start to feel anxious.  I don’t want to go back.  I’m so relaxed right now.  Term three is going to be crazy busy and crazy fast and just plain ol’ crazy.  These are the things that go through my mind.  I know the second I step foot into my classroom on Monday I’m going to fall in love with my job and my students all over again, but for now, I’m clinging on to these little home-moments somethin’ fierce.

In my frantic state, I took a moment of meditation to conjure up all the pieces of my house I love the most and then I took myself on a little house tour (with my phone and my coffee) to capture these love-filled-pieces.  Here they are, in no specific order:

I love our reading nook.  These days, mostly the cat uses this area.
I love our reading nook. These days, mostly the cat uses this area.
I love our little solarium window.  The seeds love the window, too.
I love our little solarium window. The seeds love the window, too.
I love this pillow from Urban Barn.  A constant reminder that I also love to travel.
I love this pillow from Urban Barn. A constant reminder that I also love to travel.
I love our white, textured walls.  I especially love our beautiful piece of artwork created by our longtime friend, Diana Zoe Coop.
I love our white, textured walls. I especially love our beautiful piece of artwork created by our longtime friend, Diana Zoe Coop.
This frame, also from Urban Barn, holds our wedding photos.  Love how the sunlight streaks across them.
This frame, also from Urban Barn, holds our wedding photos. Love how the sunlight streaks across them.
Love our detached workshop where we can build and paint and create for our home.
Love our detached workshop where we can build and paint and create for our home.
Love this scraggle-taggle plot of garden immensely.  It will look better in a few month's time, I promise.
Love this scraggle-taggle plot of garden immensely. It will look better in a few month’s time, I promise.
Most of all, I love this haggard Duck-in-Flight tie hanging rack.  It came with our house, along with many other random things like the cast iron utensils pictured here.  We've tried to give the duck away to a few people but no one wants it...we can't figure out why.
Most of all, I love this haggard Duck-in-Flight tie hanging rack. It came with our house, along with many other random things like the cast iron utensils pictured here. We’ve tried to give the duck away to a few people but no one wants it…we can’t figure out why.

And while right now all I want to do is stay home, I’m pretty excited to get back into the classroom and wrap up the year with my grades 8s.  Cheers to all you teachers who may just be finishing, or are midway through, your well deserved spring break.  I hope you are all rested and refilled with joy and passion for your craft.  Bring it on, Monday.

What is/are your favourite place(s) in your home?  Any other diehard Hausfraus out there?

Karley