Its not always feasible, of course.
But some days, when things work out that you can. Take the day off.
I mean, dont neglect the most important needs (everyone STILL needs to eat, take their naps, etc.) but some days the best thing you can do for you and for the kids..is to rest.
Stay in jammies, dont worry about the dishes, dont worry about the laundry, call off the playdate, and play.
Eat lunch on the floor with the kids.
Read with the kids, and dont worry about what is not getting done.
Dont get caught up in anything that you cant immediately respond to a request to play tag or hide n Seek (watch their little faces light up when you stop what you are doing and run after them!)
Go for a leasiurly walk, and talk about anything and everything they want to. Dont worry about getting home to vacuum (I would suggest getting dressed for that one ;)
We cant do that every day of course. We wouldnt take care of our homes the way we need to, if we dropped everything and played tag everyday. But sometimes, we all need it.
Today, I called and told my Mommy group I wasnt coming. The boys and I stayed in jammies for the morning, then went for a long walk to the playground. There, we walked around the pond and played pirates on the slide. We talked about being a leader, and Ty's dreams last night. We came home and had a "lunch time picnic" ..no TV, just talking.
It was what we all needed to do today.
Now, I am gonna go rest on the couch and read a book, while Ty plays on "pbskids DOT org" ..his words, not mine :)
Hope you can steal a quiet day soon ...its really good for you!