Our beloved friend and cleaning lady moved to Bolivia right before Mari's sisters came. They helped out keeping the house tidy while they were here. Now it is really up to Mari and I to pick up our messes. Not easy. Neither of us like to clean or do the dishes.
All these goodbyes, plus days of kids indoors, sick on snow days, sent me into despair last week; crushed with the weight of responsibility. Suddenly realizing that I'm so much older than I feel or want to be. That's just depressing.
But today's itinerary got me back in the swing of things, ready for another month of the year. I considered today a success. I'm writing this down so when I'm old I can look back on it and be amazed with how much I needed to do in a day to maintain the kids. Here was my Wednesday:
- 7:30am - get up and start cleaning the kitchen, making coffee, checking facebook
- 8:30am -10:30am - an early morning meeting taken from home. During the first hour I was able call in and mute my phone, only chiming in periodically with valid suggestions and point. I sat the kids down for breakfast, and made some progress cleaning the kitchen and doing dishes. The rest of the call I needed to share my desktop and sit in front of the computer taking notes for the team. Luckily my mom stayed home to help with the kids. Kaio played with legos next to me while I worked.
- 10:30 - 11:30 - Get dressed, get the kids dressed, and all go outside and play in the snow a bit. We were planning on heading to a friend's birthday party but once the kids saw the snow they chose to stay and play.
- 11:30 - 2:00 - met my mom and her friend at an ice skating rink. We went skating! Nene was so excited as first, but tired out after a bit. The kids sat on the sidelines eating some snack while I skated. Kaio came out for a bit after that and we did two laps together. He's getting the hang of it.
- 2:00 - 2:30 - drive home, the kids pass out in the back. Stop by the farm pick up: our twice a month raw milk dealer. Get home and I managed to put the kids in bed without them waking up.
- 2:30 - 4:45 - Kids sleeping, I'm working. Also make a batch of yogurt from the raw milk. Make myself some yummy lunch, prep food for dinner. Finish cleaning the kitchen and the stove.
- 4:45 - 7:00 - Kids wake up. Feed them snack. set up art games to play. bring some snow inside to play with. clean the dinner table. Mari comes home at 6:30 and cooks the meat that was marinating all day. We eat dinner.
- 7:00 - 9:30 - Mari has to go to a meeting. I continue playing with the kids, give Nene a bath, set Kaio up for a computer game, play around on facebook. Put on pajama's and go wind down in the kids room.
- 9:30 - 12 - Mari comes home and puts the kids to bed. I make myself some hot chocolate and do more work.
- 12 - 12:30 - update blog. then prep kids' food for daycare/preschool tomorrow.
I think I can consider today a success. Let's check the results against my success gauge. Definition of success:
Be a great mom/woman, and keep the house clean/organized, and get sleep/regeneration, and maintain productivity at work.
Today I spent time with the kids, teaching, demonstrating, modeling, and playing. I kept the house clean, cleaned the kitchen and dining table from nasty to shiny. Played on Facebook and updated this blog (regeneration activities). I put in hours at work and managed to get some substantial things accomplished.
That looks like about 80%. Notable deficiencies are not being a great woman and getting enough sleep. Looks like I didn't get much quality time with Mari today. That's too bad. Maybe he'll still be awake when I go to bed.