Well my first full week back to working full time is finally over!! I think that I was trying to get everything done in the same amount of time and I learned some valuable lessons.
During the 4 months that I was able to be a stay at home mom, I stayed on top of the laundry, read 6-10 books to my girls each day, played math games and phonics games with them every day, played horses, ran around outside and took them to the gym with me 5 times a week. I also had at least 1 hour of journal/scriptures/prayer time for myself every day. On some nights, (most) I did indulge in 90 minutes of TV after the girls fell asleep--usually while cleaning or folding laundry I would watch King of Queens and then The Office reruns.
This week, with 9 hours of work each day, I had to let some things go. Unfortunately, I didn't let go of the most worthless thing (TV).
I didn't do any laundry until Friday night--it was really bothering me--but it worked--actually, no it didn't work, because it's Sunday and it hasn't even been put away yet. I only read 2 books to the girls at bedtime and we only played math and phonic games 2 days this week. I didn't build a snowman with them and we only went to the gym 1 time. My journaling and study hour was cut to fifteen minutes BUT I was still able to watch 90 minutes of TV after they went to bed. I didn't even do anything productive while the TV was on (except maybe check FB, but that isn't really productive is it?)
Emerson had 1 dress rehearsal and 1 performance for her singing class this week, so we were pulled a bit during the week nights. Two days this week we left the house at 7:30 am and didn't return until after 8 pm.
One night my brother Sean called and invited us to dinner--it was such I nice surprise. I was exhausted and was eager to get home and rest, but I always look forward to any time with my extended family. Especially because my girls need time with their uncles. I want them to be comfortable around trusted men as often as possible. Sean and his wife had a delicious fancy holiday meal for my little family and my sister Sharla. Sharla's little baby is getting big; she's 9 weeks old now. She is so cute and such a blessing. I'm so glad that she made it here to earth safely.
Yesterday was a whirlwind: Singles' Breakfast, birthday party, work in my classroom, pictures with the cousins, meeting Santa at the mall, and ward gingerbread house party. My girls were so well behaved through that crazy day. I had Kamryn on my shoulders a bunch, but she was going without a nap, so I babied her a little. We all went to sleep early and today everyone is in a great mood.
THIS WEEK'S GOALS
30 Minutes journaling/scripture time daily
4 days at the gym
4 days of phonics and math games
3 books read to girls each night
Laundry DONE Wednesday and Friday nights (even put away)
Go to sleep at 9:30 instead of TV til 11.
Thursday and Friday will be exceptions this week as we have a "Lights at Temple Square" activity with the 27-40 yr old Singles on Thursday and then a party on Friday in Utah County. We may not get home until after 11 pm on both of those nights.
At least my shopping is all done. Now, I love Christmas time!