Sunday, July 20, 2014

Life as a Working Mom

So I've been at my job for about 3 months now and all I can say is I'm glad it's only part-time (not that it has to be-I could work full-time if I wanted but I don't want to until the girls are in school full time).  I can barely keep up with laundry and other household chores--I honestly don't have a clue how full-time working mothers do it (the ones without housekeepers, that is) and my hat goes off to them.  Here was my Wednesday evening, as an example:

I got home from work at 6:30.  I don't go in until 9:00 to minimize the time we have to pay a babysitter (Paul works from 6:30 to 3:00), so I don't leave work until 5:30ish.  This particular day I left at 5:40.  I helped finish dinner, ate, then I cleaned up while Paul and the girls went for a bike ride.
After cleaning up from dinner, I swept the floor, did a load of laundry and went outside to water plants.  While outside Paul and the girls came back, and the girls and I played in the yard for a bit (mostly just sitting in the grass while they climbed on me, which was the only few minutes of relaxing that day until much later).

By now it was almost 9 and the girls still needed a bath, so I gave them a quick bath and finally got them to bed at 9:30, at which time I showered.  After my shower I started getting the next night's dinner ready, then had to make lunches for the girls (they had dance camp all week and ate lunch there).  At 10:30 I was finally finished with all that and even though I should have just gone to bed I watched TV until 11:00, because that is just part of my nightly wind-down routine.

Luckily it's not like that every night (I don't usually have to make lunches, for one thing) but it's still pretty crazy just trying to keep the house in order and figuring out the next night's meal and all.  Sometimes I make a few things ahead so Paul can just put something in the oven but then I end up spending a good chunk of my Sunday preparing food.  No fun.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Summer Vacation Weeks 2-4

Our summer vacation has been pretty boring so far.  The girls have fun playing with their friends every day but we have yet to really go do anything (splash park, beach, lake, etc.) because of my working 3 days a week and so far my days off have all involved packing/getting ready to go to Crescent Bar, except for week 2 when I had a bad cold so still couldn't do much.

Week 2

Monday through Wednesday - I worked, girls with babysitter but played with friends a lot.
Thursday - wanted to take them up to see my mom but I had a bad cold so stayed home and cleaned while they played with friends off and on.
Friday - More of the same.  We were going to go to Target and a few other places but realized the booster seats were in Paul's car.

Week 3

Monday - work/babysitter
Tuesday - work/babysitter
Wednesday work/babysitter, then birthday party at friend's down the street
Thursday - Another day off spent packing for Crescent Bar, but we did get out and run some errands and get hair cuts.
Friday - Annual 4th of July community celebration with pony rides, face painting, bouncy houses, etc. then BBQ/party at a neighbors.

Saturday morning we left for Crescent Bar and stayed until Tuesday.

Week 4

Monday - At Crescent Bar
Tuesday - Home from Crescent Bar, another birthday party down the street.
Wednesday - I worked and the girls spent the whole day at a friend's.
Thursday - work/babysitter
Friday - work/babysitter, then Paul took them to Rattlesnake Lake when he got home.

Next week is Frozen Dance Camp (dance camp, where the theme will be the movie "Frozen").  A few of their friends are doing it also and they are going to love it.  And since I have to work M-W, one of their friend's moms is going to drive them there and keep them after until Paul gets home from work, so we don't need to have a babysitter all week.