I've been working three full weeks now. A big thank you to my family and friends who are tending to my children. It has been much appreciated. I honestly didn't think this gig would last very long, but I'm surprisingly enjoying it. I don't think it has been as drastic a change as I thought it would be. It even has been good for our family, I think. I feel like I'm taking the time I have with my kids and using it better. Even my relationship with T-Bone is better. We're both working more as a team and I think we appreciate each other a lot more. One huge thing my work schedule has forced me to be is more disciplined.
One thing I was really worried about with my schedule was getting my family fed. T-Bone gets home at 6pm and that is when dinner is ready--except for some very rare occasions. I knew I didn't want to leave the dinner responsibility with him and definitely didn't want to put that burden on the babysitters. They are doing enough already. So I came up with a different plan.
I make dinner in the middle of the day.
I know it sounds weird, huh? After I drop Big Sister at school, Mr. Smiley usually takes his nap within 45 minutes or an hour. Then I have an hour and a half uninterrupted time. You'd think I'd want to do something better than make dinner, right? At first I wasn't really sure how it would work, but it has gone well! This system has made all the difference in my willingness to make dinner. There is no little kid trying to pry himself between me and the counter or climb his way up me into my arms. I don't have to hold cabinet doors shut with my foot that he's trying to open for attention. There is no kid asking me to come see what she's done in the other room, or beg me to play a game with her. I love my kids, but they can be pretty demanding while I'm trying to make dinner. I also have started putting the audio scriptures on while I'm making dinner too, so I'm killing two birds with one stone!
It does take some planning though. I am forced to be disciplined in my meal planning. Before, I would get lazy and just plan each meal on the fly resulting in reluctance to actually cook. Now I have to have my weekly menu and shopping done at the beginning of the week. I like it that way though. I like cooking but it's when I don't have a plan that my motivation meter goes to zero. I know I have to get food for my family so I have been forced to be motivated.
I like this plan so much, I'm thinking of continuing it once I stop working! We'll see how long that lasts with summer coming...I can plan though, right?