Here is my day today:
5:30-6:30--swim conditioning class
hurry home, assemble and feed kids breakfast (homemade yogurt with granola and honey)
7:15--take Isaac to school (he normally walks, but today he had a huge project to turn in.)
|Isaac's project--a 3D map of the "Isle of Potter"|
8:25--Walk the girls to school
8:45--Get home, start making my breakfast, realize there isn't time, take Lincoln to school
and drop off girls' field trip money that I forgot to elementary school
9:10--eat breakfast, bundle up and
9:30--leave the house in a state of complete chaos to go on a 17 mile ride in the cold
|This is how I left my kitchen--avert your eyes, Kayla!|
|A view from my ride today|
|Oh, I am glad I had this fancy hat thingy to keep my head/ears warm today! It was COLD!!!!|
11:00--Get home, take a quick shower to warm up and get ready for the day
11:30--pick up Lincoln with half-done hair, rush home to finish doing hair (my flat iron broke, so I don't know why I bothered) snuggle up and read books to Lincoln for a few minutes before
|Kirby wanted to hear the story too.|
Read more stories to the kids
12:30--Make lunch, eat lunch, start to tackle the neglected kitchen--just getting to the breakfast dishes.
1:30--the kids want a snack?! Didn't we just eat?? Sit down to blog while they eat
1:30-3:30--Clean, clean, clean--upstairs: make beds (finally!), general clean up, clean all bathrooms in the house, start folding the 5 loads of clean, unfolded laundry, while starting 2 more loads...
3:15--Pick up Isaac from school, toting his project (which he got 100% on, thank you very much.) Drop him off at home.
3:30--Pick up the girls, serve after-school snack and start on homework (second daily WAR of the day)
4:30--girls go to tutoring (another fight)
5:15--dinner (just soup and sandwiches, but when am I going to make it??)
6:00--PTO meeting (at the Elem. school--last week was the middle school) AND open house at a friend's house
7:00--pick up/drop off boy scout carpool
Get younger kids bathed, brushed, read to and into bed by myself, because Tuesdays are Ryan's night at the church. Yay.
8:15--Isaac gets home from Scouts.
8:16--I'm ready to go to bed, but I have a feeling I will still have a big mess to clean up in the kitchen...and laundry still to fold.
I know I revisit this topic of finding balance a lot, but it is because it is so hard for me! How do I put my family first, run a household, be a productive member of my church and community and still fit in time for me? The only way to do it all is to sacrifice something--like my house. I'd like to think that things will get easier when all my kids are in school, but I doubt it will be that different. It seems to me that the older my kids get, the crazier my life gets!
I guess the conclusion I have come to, and need to keep reminding myself of, is that we all just do the best we can with what we have. I need to remember that and not compare myself to other people! I may not be as fit as some, or have as clean of a house as some, or whatever, but I am definitely doing what I can with what I have. And I know that the time I spend with my kids--even if it is in our daily homework battles--is way more important than any time I spend cleaning my house or riding my bike. I just have to keep telling myself that!
Maybe I will figure out how to balance it all someday. Probably about the time Lincoln graduates from high school...