That seems to be the question I receive now that my kids have all started school. (Glory!!!!) While I strive to be gracious in my response, I find myself thinking "Honestly, Good grief! What is "free time" to any mom, let alone one with 5 kids!"
Let me tell you well-meaning sweet souls what I am going to do with myself now...
I'm going to poop without someone walking in on me.
I'm going to change and put a bra on without having to lock my bedroom door.
I'm going to shower without the house falling to shambles.
I'm going to play whatever music I want.
I will paint my furniture (you know that job I do from home for money!?)
I will volunteer at school to do my motherly part and support the teachers who now get the job of spending 5 days a week with my kiddos.
Since I have a house and that house has needs, I will tend to those needs and quite possibly get ahead of myself.
I will do my morning dishes and smile because I have a clean sink for longer than 5 minutes.
I will wash the floors and revel in no one spilling on them 2 seconds later.
I plan to write more because I enjoy it and I can.
I have mouths to feed, dinner to prepare, bodies to clothe, errands never-ending that I can do with a little less ADD tendencies.(Wait, what's this, what's that, Oh this is cute, SO and so could use one of these, what did I need again, oh shoot I went to the store and got 20 things I didn't need but forgot the one thing I went for) Just kidding, I"m still ADD.
And finally, For the 6 hours of "free time" that some tell me I have, I plan to take a freakin BREATH for a moment before the chaos enters my home again and my ears start to bleed (because all of my kids talk non-stop and want to share their day with me at the same time) and I have to play taxi driver, homework checker, reading buddy, chef, money giver, & maid to the little people in my home.
In the middle of all that I may even make plans with other 'free' adults for adult conversation so we can twiddle our thumbs together over bon bons.
That's what I plan to do with myself & all of my free time now. :)