So here we are, the end of the day Monday, and with our crazy schedule, I am just now getting to my blogging duties.
As I had mentioned earlier, today we are chatting about the kids schedule, and how we fit it all in. I would also like to add at this point that I do not live near immediate family and my husband’s job has him travelling all the time.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I need to be able to balance the activities, along with homework and making dinner. I make sure the housework I need to get done, is done during the day, my afternoons and evening are spent as a chauffeur, private tutor and chef.
To have time for dinner, let alone time to make dinner is a challenge. As you will see from the kid’s schedule below, I have little, if any time, to make an elaborate meal. The worst part is, I LOVE to cook! I get my fixes in at Thanksgiving and Easter since those are holidays I get to host.
Because of our schedule, I need to make meals quick and easy. I also need to be flexible, so even though it says taco night, one week may be beef, another chicken, the point is I have an “idea” of what I will make. I will post in the future a bunch of easy recipes that I use, but this post is already going to be insanely long as it is.
So here goes with our meal plan:
Monday – Pork night
Tuesday – Chick-fil-A or Pasta night
Wednesday – Taco night
Thursday – Crock Pot Meal
Friday – Chicken night
Saturday – Pizza night
Sunday – Open, can be left overs, or whatever may grab my fancy at the grocery store or farmer’s market.
Now that that is out of the way, if you feel like continuing to read, just to get an idea of how to balance everything the kids do, please keep on reading.
Here is a recap of the kid’s activities:
Princess Peach has…
All Star Cheerleading
Video Game Design Class (after school class, yes, our school is AMAZING!!!!…and public J )
Yoga (another one of those amazing school activities)
Princess Peach also has about an hour of home work every night.
So how do we fit it all in, well the things you ABSOLUTELY NEED are:
- 3-4 babysitters on call with at least one who can drive
- Great neighbors and friends
- And you HAVE to do many favors for others, that way you can cash them in without feeling guilty. Think of it like the golden rule, treat others as you would like to be treated. Not everyone can reciprocate, and that is OK, it feels good just being able to help others, and isn;t that reward enough?
That being said, I have people I call upon that never need a favor from me, in those cases, I always make sure to know what their favorite kind of wine is, or if they just prefer some home baked goods.
- Tumbling every other week, Brownies every other week and Rudy Youth once a month
So for example, today, I picked my kids up from school, no bus today, it gets home too late. We go straight to tumble class. I have packed snacks for both kids, a change of clothes and something for He-man to do after he is done his work. We spend 30 minutes at the gym doing homework, then Princess Peach heads into the gym and He-Man plays on my phone or reads.
We head home and it is dinner (See Monday’s schedule)
Rudy youth days, we are out the door at 6:45, head to Rudy Youth, again, with an activity planned for He-man (of course he gets to stay home when Daddy is home, but that is rare).
We are home by 8:30, where it is bath, prayers and bed (Bath bed and prayers is a nightly event, so I won’t keep repeating this).
- I work, Flag football, Cub scouts 2 weeks a month, All-Star practice
So because I work from 4-7 on Tuesdays, it makes me taking the kids anywhere impossible, and when Daddy is not home, this is my big favor day. Princess Peach has to go home with a friend that goes to the same gym. My son sometimes goes home with a friend after Flag football, but this week, I am paying for the sitter that drives. She is also very extended family, which is a bonus in the trust department. She will take the kids home, and feed them Chick-fil-A . When I do not have hockey booster club board meeting, I can be home by 7:30 to go over homework and do the bed routine, which is nice. I am beat Tuesdays nights, and I teach a class early Wednesday morning, which makes things a challenge too.
- I work in the AM, Yoga in the AM, Video Game Design, Tumbling and Hockey after school
Really? I had to torture myself by adding a dance class to teach in the morning. Luckily, Princess Peach can be with me, and I found the Yoga class to put He-man in at the same time. After school is such a struggle when Daddy is gone, when he is here, we simply divide and conquer, he goes to hockey, I go to tumbling. But when he is away, I have to pick up Princess Peach from video game design and then drop her off at tumbling class, drive 25 minutes to hockey, get him dressed and on the ice, drive back to pick her up and drive back AGAIN to get him.
It is now mid-week, are you tired yet?
- My favorite day of the week, All-Star practice.
YES!!!! That is it. He-man hangs with me as we watch, when Daddy is in town, he picks He-man up when he gets home from work, but when he isn’t, He-man gets to play on my phone, so he is happy.
- Open Gym
Another relatively easy day, all we have is open gym from 6-8 for Princess Peach, this is of course optional, but she LOVES IT! Daddy usually gets home by now from any trip he is on, so that is my time to relax and watch my daughter run around and smile. Could it be any better?
- Hockey, Tumbling (and usually a birthday party)
Doesn’t sound so bad, at face value, but did I mention that hockey starts at 6am! That means we wake up at 5. Usually this is a divide and conquer day, however this is the day He-man plays games, so I do like to see him, especially since he likes to play goalie a lot. Tumbling isn’t until 10:30, so the days I get to sleep in are soooo nice.
- Another Hockey Day
We have the Jamboree team games on Sunday and then we have goalie clinics at 4:30. This seriously interferes with my fantasy football day, but hey, a mom’s got to do what a mom’s got to do.
So that is it, the kids’ week at a glance. Next week I will be writing about how I fit all my responsibilities in. I am always asked, how do you do it all, you are about to find out. You thought my kids were over-scheduled, wait until you see what I do to myself!