We’re more than a week into our new routine and things are starting to settle into place. We had a bit of a shake-up of things on Monday when Miss L started 4-year old kindergarten. I think in another week or so we should be well settled into the new normal. Both of the “big kids” are having a blast which makes things infinitely easier. Miss M seems to be enjoying things as well, though the two hours (give or take) of uninterrupted time with mom probably plays a role here.
I’m finding more time (and energy) for other things. One look at today’s to-do list (Parker House rolls, pumpkin bread, laundry, dishes, YMCA, and eggplant lasagna) is probably a good indicator of my mental health.
I even found time to start redecorating the living room. In fact, I think you could have judged just how long it had been since I felt in the mood for anything other than the bare minimum by the pictures hanging above the fireplace. The kids looked a bit like this:
I know what you’re thinking…”Wait a minute, don’t you have three children?”
Of course, the last time I really made dinner (of the tasty, well planned variety) my kids looked like this:
I decided to take the old pictures down, remove the nails, reuse the big frame for a Jack Vettriano poster my sister bought for me ages ago, move the school-y things around (kitchen and the wall by the kids’ bookshelf), and reclaim a little bit of adult space.
I still don’t care for the early mornings, but I have discovered that I can let the girls sleep until the very last-minute, carry them out to the van pajama clad, and get the kid to school without having to get up too early. This is a good thing because even when I had to drive thirty minutes to work I hit snooze at least three or four times.
Most importantly, I finally have the mental reserves left over for fun things like our fall plans (Mabon, Mid-Autumn Festival/Harvest Moon), finessing school lunch (see Parker House rolls above), and dreaming up a wall quilt I’m calling Still Life With Crows.
What about you?