Baby Grady is now 17 months old ...
Matt has been gone for over 13 weeks ...
The kids have been in school for exactly 6 weeks ...
We are gearing up for the kids 1st Halloween in the States ...
... And I am beginning to think that every day is Groundhog Day.
As a single mom of three kids, and a furry dog, I have made amends that there are clearly not enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished.
I no longer have a maid to clean the house. Or watch the kids. Or dare I say ... cook.
I no longer have a driver to run my errands. Or schlep me or the kids anywhere we need to go.
I don't have a responsive home owner who takes care of her house. Or fixes things that are in desperate need of repair.
So how am I supposed to keep the house tidy, go grocery shopping, do the laundry, schlep the girls to and from school, schlep Grady to and from his preschool, schedule play dates, cook dinner, do the dishes, do homework, read with the kids, play with the kids, walk the dog, take care of the dog, AND have a moment to myself?
No seriously, I'm actually asking the question. How do I do it?
Because right now it's just not happening. Scratch that. It IS happening, it's just not happening well...
I HAVE to vacuum the floor at least every three days because of the excessive amounts of dog hair. I NEED to make three meals a day. I ENJOY working in Sheridan's class every Monday, though I lose one of the three "free" mornings I have with Grady in preschool.
Last week I asked a question on Facebook as to whether or not I should purchase a crock pot or a Le Creuset dutch oven... completely aware that the two are not the same thing. An overwhelming number of people said that the Le Creuset completely changed their lives. So, Friday afternoon, I marched in to Williams Sonoma with all three kids in tow, and purchased a 5.5 quart round dutch oven.
Which hasn't exactly changed my life yet, but has certainly taken up space on my counter.
Just like the brand new Viking sewing machine, sitting on my sewing table in the room out back, that I haven't managed to take out of the box.
Or the oodles of emails that have piled up in my inbox.
And the messages that have tripled on my answering machine.
I don't reach out often. I rarely ask for advice. Que sera sera has usually been my motto. But this one time. I'm willing to see if there's a better way to do things. What time saving tips do you have for me? What stores do I need to check out? What new recipes do you have that are both quick AND tasty. What do YOU do to get through the day, without compromising on YOUR necessities, or blinking at 6 pm wondering where the time went?
More importantly, who do I bribe to get a 27 hour day?