Like most working parents with primary aged children I find that time is so precious now school is back. Life seems to be ruled by the clock..
Time for school
Getting 3 of us up and out by 8:35 every weekday can sometimes be a battle. Some days the children are up and fully dressed by 8 and on others I am wrestling my son into his socks and shoes when we are supposed to be out the door.. I hate sandwiches made the night before but think I need to start putting all the extra bits ready in the lunch boxes the night before.
Time for housework
This all gets squeezed into the mornings after the school run and before work. I am going to try the FlyLady system again as I need to establish some more of a routine. The fact that the whole house needs a thorough sort out is not helpful!
Time for after school activities
This is the one that nearly killed us all last week! Both children now have a couple of after school activities as my daughter started both Guides and Tread:
The biggest complications come from a) the clash of Guides finishing after my son should be in bed b) Wednesday both have activities that result in me driving backwards and forwards with little time to spare! Going to take practice to get these all right..
Time to eat
With a new schedule I have to adjust our eating. Every day I need to eat by 11:30 to get to work on time. The range of after school activities means or food needs vary. Getting a healthy evening meal into all of us is sometimes a juggle. Good job I have my microwave cheese sauce to fall back on.
Time to exercise
I have lost my aerobics session to my accommodate my children's activities! Now I just have time to run twice a week (unless kids come too). Also its a shorter route at the minute with less time to spare - not that I can run as far any way.. I am contemplating gym membership as work get discount but will I have time to go?
Time for me
If I don't time out during the week just to have grown up time with other adults then I burn out. So glad I have my Monday and Wednesday mornings with other mums. Getting a whole day at Blog Summit was a real blessing. I have been invited for a weekend away without the children... just need to butter up my parents to baby sit for me..