Friday, March 27, 2009

What? Working Mom??

So, I never planned to be a "working mom", but here I am working at a Day Care teaching preschool and caring for sweet 2 1/2 and 3 year old kids. I love my job and I feel so blessed because I get to bring my baby with me so I don't feel like I'm neglecting my mother duties, but boy am I busy now! This is how my day goes:

7am-Wake-Up and get myself ready
7:30am- Get Emily ready (cute outfit, hair done, diaper bag packed, shoes and coat on)
7:55am-Out the door. I have to get out before 8:00 because there's a school bus that stops right in front of my house at precisely 8am, and it successfully holds up traffic for atleast 5 minutes so I can't get out of my driveway.
5:00pm-Get home, make dinner, do dishes, clean up the house (because it's always a mess after our hectic morning)
7:00pm-Emily's Bedtime Routine. Bath, book, prayers, songs
7:45/8:00pm- I finally get to sit! Steve and I watch a movie and have some us time
10:30pm-Bed. I know it may seem early, but in reality I start getting tired at about 9:00pm and I have to force myself to stay awake so I can spend time with Steve. Then it starts all over the next morning.

Now, I'm not complaining. I actually feel like I have a lot more energy since I started working because I never sit and I'm constantly on the go. When I stayed at home and had extra time to lounge I found myself feeling tired all the time. So, this is a plus but I still have the problem of trying to accomplish everything in my day. I'll be able to start working only 2 or 3 days a week soon, so that will remedy just about all my issues, but for now there are 3 main things that are getting me through my crazy days:

1. The Crock Pot. I can prep all the ingredients and put them in the crock pot the night before, and then pop the pot into the fridge. Then in the morning all I have to do is put it in place, turn it on and go. This works very well, but I need more good Crock Pot recipes!

2. Frozen Food. Now, I love to cook. It's probably my favorite thing to do, but sometimes I just don't have time or I'm just plain not in the mood. Because of this I am so grateful for frozen food! I know it's the easy way out, but let me tell you-it's nice to be able to pop in a Digiorno pizza, Fish n Chips, chicken nuggets, or whatever and have dinner ready in minutes. Plus, the clean up is usually just a baking sheet, not bad!

3. Steve. My husband has been such a big help. He gets up with me in the morning to help get Emily ready (I have to pick out her clothes though. I swear, some of the outfits he comes up with...). And when he comes home in the evening he changes her diapers and helps with her bedtime routine. He is amazing! I don't know what I'm going to do without him when he leaves for Nevada this summer.

I feel like I've got a pretty good handle on just about everything except LAUNDRY. No matter what I try my laundry piles up. I guess washing the laundry isn't the problem-it's FOLDING the laundry. I hate it. It takes forever, so I avoid it but then it piles up so by the time I get around to it I have a MOUNTAIN to fold. Oy...what to do, what to do.

So, if any of you have some laundry tips, quick dinner ideas, or anything else that might help I'd love it! And KUDOS to all your working women out there. I'd forgotten how hard it is to work and be a housewife at the same time.

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