I think that the devil would LOVE for us to lay aside our FIRST responsibility of being a help-meet to our wonderful husband, and just go through life doing lots of FUN things. I'm not saying that these things are wrong, but I'm personally trying to focus on making sure that my house is semi-clean, meals are planned and made, a load of laundry is in, etc. before I allow myself some "free time" to do something that I enjoy. I try to do the same with our children. I challenge them by saying things like: "Let's finish folding the laundry and put it all away, then we can go shopping, or sew, etc." Try setting a timer allowing yourself only 15 or 20 mins. of fun, while you are waiting for the bread to get done, then, it's back to the kitchen again to finish the rest of the meal.
If you need/want to go shopping, plan your meal and have it in the crockpot, so that when you get home, your husband and family hardly know that you were gone, for they have a nice, hot, yummy meal to enjoy. =)
I'm not preaching at you, just trying to encourage us as wives to put our God and our husbands first, then our kids next, then when our house is clean, and our meals are planned and hot and ready then we can sneak some "Me time." =D (And our "me time" will be so MUCH MORE FUN, knowing that we can enjoy it without feeling guilty that our husband, kids, and house are needing our attention.)
I'd welcome any ideas y'all have in finding the balance between responsibilities and recreation.
And so saying this...I'm off to do more laundry. =)