Oh. My. Word. What have I gotten myself into? We are two weeks into school and I am exhausted. Oh, the schooling is going quite well. But the extra-curriculars just might kill me. Rather, the effect might be that my home simply collapses under a layer of filth. Honestly, by the end of each day this week, it was all I could do to get the dishes done and the kids in bed before I collapsed on the couch. Nary a stitch of laundry was folded, nor a broom or washcloth lifted. I wonder why I thought it would be okay to schedule something every single afternoon?! In what universe have we ever thrived under those circumstances?!
Now before you working moms start throwing rocks at me, I get you! I worked full time until Aliya (my second) was born and then part time for two more years. What’s really killing me is that now we are home all day. We make a horrific mess all morning (schooling, playing, honey-badgering), and then we have to rush out as soon as naps are over. By the time we get home in the evening we have to rush rush rush to get food on the table, then clean up and bedtime.
Still, I don’t really want to quit any of these lessons… yet. I find myself contemplating doing one of those cook-everything-over-the-weekend-and-freeze meal plans. Do you have experience with those? We’re on a fairly limited diet right now, so it would just be meats/proteins, I suppose, and then chopping ingredients for a salad to have on hand in the fridge? Any suggestions welcome!
These Phone Bloks are so cool. So so cool. I hope they become a reality someday soon.
Tell me, why hasn”t someone invented these sooner?
My exhaustion is (or possibly will be) made worth it by the girls’ joy at their classes and clubs.
The first photo above is in the gym, while Aliya watches Gianna and waits for her own class to start. The other two photos are them showing off for Daddy when we got home. They never wanted to stop practicing! I warned them that they would be sore the following morning, and they scoffed at me. Sure enough, Gianna got out of bed this morning asking, “Why do my bones hurt?!”
They drew these. With their hands. (And chalk pastels.) Don’t ask me what their art teacher does, because I have no idea. I actually don’t think I could have drawn those pieces. I’ve asked a dozen different ways whether they got help from their teacher and the answer appears to be no. Amazing, right?
Speaking of art: Parents, have you seen this website, Art History Mom? She gives really amazing book suggestions, activity ideas, and other ways that you can enrich your child’s art experience at home. I devour each and every one of her posts, and often add her book recs to my library list or Amazon Wish List. Here is her most recent article, 5 Easy Ways to Foster Art Appreciation with Art Books.
At this moment, I sincerely wish I wasn’t such a hyperbolic person. I wish I had never told you that anything was “the best” or “exquisite” or “life-changing” before, because now you might not believe me when I tell you this:
If you love cheese, you simply must buy this:
Do you know what this is? It’s cheese, from Cyprus, that you grill. The description on the box says it has “the texture of mozzarella but the brininess of feta.” I had it the other day for the first time and I swear the Earth moved a little. I’ve never had anything like it, and I know now that my life was sorely lacking.
This was my salad for lunch. Romaine, baby kale, heirloom tomatoes, avocado, capers, and HALLOUMI CHEESE.
I’m running my 6th monthly edition of 3 Reasons I Love Catholicism right now. If you’re a Catholic blogger and new here, or if you forgot about it, here is your official invitation to write a simple post on things you love about our Catholic faith.
As I implied above, I’m artistically challenged. This applies to home design and decoration, too. I’d like to budget a small amount each month for buying cool artwork. Do you have favorite place to purchase art/decorating items?
Jen’s got more Quick Goodness, although I can’t promise you any cheese. Sorry ’bout that.