My days are action packed and really quite fulfilling. I love my children and find such freshness each day as I meet the challenges of these little people.
I eat well and since cutting back on my caffeine am sleeping great. But…I need to somehow balance my work/ministry/home so there is “me” time. Unless you lived my life you really couldn’t understand could you?
Up at 5:30, packing lunches, doing laundry, planning meals for home and daycare…feeding pets, and answering emails…run LOU run! Out the door at 7, clearing the garbage, tidying Cindy’s, starting lunch and cutting up fruit, greeting parents and doing laundry…catch my breath- eat a piece of watermelon- grab a glass of water- empty the dishwasher and sit down a moment. Time for a cuppa green tea?
By 8:45 Kori is in the door and we plan the day. I do more talking as she is down to a grunt these days. Tired, anxious and gaining weight which makes her CRANKY! her landlord asked her yesterday if she was preggie!! He is not in her book of favorites at the moment.
Circle time and crafts…dancing with the kids…FUN! Preschool basics and emergent reading for my 3 and 4 yr. olds. Lunch is served- today we had Shepherds Pie, corn and for dessert, banana splits, cleanup, diapers changed, laundry put in and then the beds are pulled out. I pop a movie in for the older children while the babies slumber. It is at this time that I can usually catch a few minutes of kicking back.
With Nara starting it doesn’t always happen as she still naps in the morning and the afternoon too but bypasses the time when the two year olds sleep. However she skipped her morning nap the last two days and did actually sleep when the others did. Nice! At 1:20 I take Jess and we go to School 1 where I drop her off to pick up Ashley while I head to School 2 and pick up Aiden and Gracie. We then pick up A. and head back to Cindy’s. Some days I go to the bus stop for 2:00 p.m. to pick up Taylor then back to the corner by Cindys to pick up Melodie at 2:05…*sigh*… it is now time to wakey wakey the kids, and in relays feed them their snack before heading outdoors to play. By 2:30 p.m. I am heading out the door to pick up Josh and arriving back just in time to get Konnor! Is this nuts or what??
I get home for supper anytime between 5-6 p.m. but try to make at least five of the seven big dinner meals a week. Dishes get cleared, floors swept and by then somebody usually needs a drive somewhere or there is something going on that I need to be at. Last night I lit my butt on the chair for dinner and Tim and Jess asked me to take them shopping. By the time we got home it was after 9 p.m. and I fell into bed shortly after 10.
Can I keep up the pace? I am not a spring chicken…
Bottom line…I need a building and a staff…I need a van and I need time off…or…
don’t want to hear the OR-
I am done…