How Do I Get It All Done? I Don’t!

 

I am often asked how I get it all done. It’s a question that sometimes annoys me because getting IT ALL DONE can mean so many different things to so many different people. So I really never know how to answer this question when it is asked. Although, I feel I do a pretty good job of being a wife, mother, daycare provider, barber, accountant, dishwasher, home maker, yard person, chef, first aid provider, and still have time for me. So for all my friends, family, and acquaintances who have asked me this, let me tell you how I do what I do.

First, just let me say…..I don’t get it all done. If I got it all done I would probably never sleep since it would be a full 24 hour a day job. However, I do follow a pretty strict schedule. Which is my first suggestion…make a schedule and stick to it. For instance, here at my house, I do laundry every single day except Saturday. I clean the bathrooms Tuesday, dust/scrub floors Monday, vacuum every single day(sometimes twice a day), garbage goes out on Tuesday, bills are done on Thursday, lawn gets cut once a week(sometimes twice), daycare bedding along with our bedding gets washed every two weeks unless needed before, garage gets swept once a week, dishes are done at least three times a day, ironing gets done on Wednesday, and dinner is prepared every evening except Friday. This schedule is very rarely changed up and some things are delegated to other members of my family. Lawn is typically husband or son, vacuuming is also husband or son if its the evening vacuum…..everything else is on me. All this is completed while I also work full time caring for three children all under the age of 3 yrs old. Add in a daily workout session for myself, kid cuddle time, play time, and time to eat and my days are full.

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How do I manage…..well I have a few other tips for everyone:

* Wake up early. Get what you can done before the kids wake up….in my instance before they arrive(6a.m.). Or if your a night owl, stay up late and get it done then.

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*Routine …routine…. routine. Having a schedule which becomes a routine after awhile helps me to know what the day holds in store. I know Mondays are my hardest days so dinner is typically something easy and fast.

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*Don’t be afraid to use your kids and spouse for help. Kids as young as two can lend a hand…plus it teaches them responsibility.

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*Don’t forget time for yourself. Sometimes we become so involved in life matters that our needs get pushed to the back of the line. Don’t let this happen. Schedule time for you just like time for laundry,dishes, and meal prep.

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*Organization is key. I am a very organized person and it helps so much to know exactly where things are when I need them. Even my daycare kids are taught from very young….things go back where we got them. They know exactly what is going to happen when. And having a routine is truly priceless when it comes to living a crazy, busy life here in our house.

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*Make a list. If you find it hard to stay on track try making a list. I am a professional list maker and have noticed my son is catching on now that he is an adult. I have lists every where. I have a weekly menu which then helps me make my weekly grocery list so food is not bought that may be wasted. I have a packing list for when we travel, lists for where I want to vacation, and lists for daily chores. You name it…. I have a list.

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Pre prep if you can. For me timing is everything. Many people may think I relax at nap time if I am so lucky to get everyone on the same napping schedule. This is not true….I typically exercise first and pre prep dinner during nap time. This way when my last child is picked up I can switch gears back to wife and mother and quickly throw together dinner before I hit the gym or my nightly exercise of choice. I find chopping veggies for the week on the weekends is helpful and taking things like sun dried tomatoes and pureeing them and then freezing them makes for a fast sauce additive with very little prep during the week.

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There is never a day where I feel like I got everything done. Although, there are days where I feel I have accomplished a lot and I am happy with the day. I used to stress over the fact that not everything got done but I quickly learned it never really changed anything. For me, I prioritize and the things that need attention get it…. from a chore around the house, to a particular person, or to simply myself. You need to have priorities. My family knows, if mom is not happy no one will be happy. Thankfully, I have a marriage where if either of us needs time apart we can simply say so and it’s not a problem. If we need some couple time we can also just say so and it happens. If I need help my husband is typically ready and waiting to lend a hand.

After all this is said, I will never say I don’t at times need an afternoon pick me up. My days are long and often exhausting, especially in the summer months where it is hot and we spend all day outside enjoying summer. When these days happen I will often turn to a afternoon chilled latte…..but believe me it is never in a fancy glass with ice cubes to keep it chilled while I sit on the front porch and enjoy it during nap time. Nope….never. Instead, it is straight from the frig, with a splash of almond milk added right to to container it was stored in, and gulped down withing minutes so I have time to workout before my first child decides they are not going to sleep on this particular day for whatever reason.

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Plus, in all honesty…..a fancy glass would just be one more dish I would need to wash and put away later on. It tastes the same from the storage container as it would from a fancy glass…..right?

I learned along time ago, what does not get done today will still be there tomorrow. I no longer sweat the small stuff….it’s just not worth the stress.

 

 

 

 

Saturday Morning With The Pitter Patter Of Rain On The Roof Top

Saturday morning I was awakened by the pitter patter of rain which was music to my ears. There is nothing worse than having a “to do” list a mile long, the day off, and gorgeous sunny skies that just call your name to come out and have fun in. Clearly, we are very limited on our summer weekends here in the midwest. However, sometimes I really just need to have a full day to get things done and that is exactly what a rainy day offers me…the chance to not feel terrible wasting a sun filled summer day to do chores.

First thing off the list was to load up the SUV with every comforter, rug, and pillow we own in our house and off to the laundry mat we went. We prepared the washers, grabbed some magazines and read about summer fun while we waited….all while it was raining a steady stream of moisture from the skies above.

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After this I returned home to prepare a big batch of vegetable soup to freeze since this is one of my favorite grab and go lunches in the fall of the year.

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I even blended a few containers for my babies to enjoy for lunch. I typically offer my daycare parents the choice whether to bring store bought baby food or have home made baby food prepared at our home. Most jump at the offer of homemade since many families don’t cook on a regular basis these days.

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I then needed to run a few errands, stop at the library to pick up some more audio books for my husband, finished cleaning the house, and then it was time for me to do something fun. All my chores were complete, the sun was trying hard to peak through the clouds and I was feeling good about my progress on the “to do” list. Our son was camping with friends, my husband was heading out to fish for awhile which, ultimately, left me alone and free to do as I wish.

I grabbed my workout bag to head to the gym for a Saturday sweat session and to also see the progress of the new remodel our gym is going through. We sort of have the inside scoop on this, since our son is the assistant manager at the gym, but I really wanted to see for myself how its coming along. I have no pics since I forgot my camera at home, but its coming along quite nicely. It’s a mess as of right now but I am sure it will be worth it in the end. I am really pumped to see the new cardio equipment they are bringing in….I hear its going to be really nice…..shhhh!

After the gym I did a little shopping. I am on a mission to find some new outfits to wear in Sedona in a few weeks.

The week ahead looks to be jammed packed with things that just all fell on the same week. We have a plan all worked out to stay on track with our active vacation training plan but I believe by Friday I may be exhausted with everything else added to the week. Although, having a plan is half the battle and we already have that so I feel confident we can try and make this work.

You all have a great week and I will stop back in for a quick hi later in the week if I can find some spare time. If not, hold your head high, smile and don’t forget to breathe…..that’s what I will be doing all week long.

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Hello Daylight!

Let’s all do the happy dance. You know, it’s like kids who do the potty dance. They jump around, hold their crotch, and dance until you notice. Then they wait for you to tell them to go potty. (I never understood this concept since they already know they have to go)

OK, so maybe not exactly like the potty dance, but hey who cares, just jump around and dance. WE HAVE AN EXTRA HOUR OF DAYLIGHT!!!! HURRRRRRRAY!

Nothing, I mean nothing can take me down from this happy place today. I count the days until daylight saving time which to me means I officially survived another Wisconsin winter.

Get out the tents, find our paddles, put the car rack on the roof, take stock of the freeze dried meals, dust off my sandals, take the flannel sheets off the beds(ok maybe not yet), put the screens back on all the windows, dust off the kayaking helmets, find the bug spray, take stock of the sunscreen, put the snow blower away, dig out the outdoor play toys and strollers, store the fishing ice shack, wash & pack away all the gloves, scarves and hats……OMG I gotta go, I have so much to do:)

 

 

 

Balancing Your Life Between Work and Play-Part #1

Do you think it’s possible to have a balance life between work and play? Despite the fact that in my profession everyday involves some sort of play, it is not the play I personally prefer to do. Let’s face it, with a 2 1/2 year old, 14 month old, and a 10 month old that I care for everyday we cannot go hiking, kayaking or play tennis. Which got me to thinking about doing these two fun posts.

In the next two posts (today and Friday ) I will show you what a weekday in my life looks like and what a weekend day looks like. When I decided to record everything I did (especially on the weekday) it was much more difficult than I expected. I really do a lot in a very short amount of time. A thirty minute span of time for me during the week is like an eternity, literally.

So here we go, I recorded almost everything I did and I would consider this a good day for me during the week. We had no tantrums, diaper blow outs, rough naps times, vomit incidents and no potty accidents. Yes everyone, this for me is a GOOD day 🙂

My day starts at 4 a.m. every day and looks like this:

4:00 alarm goes off

4:15 I get up

4:20 I prepare my husbands breakfast and pack his lunch

4:30 I do100 crunches and weighted arm exercises

4:45 kiss hubby goodbye and make my breakfast

5:10 start the laundry ( I do two loads every single day)

5:15 get dressed, brush teeth, etc.

5:25 check email and answer if needed

5:30 depending on the day I rotate chores : Monday is mop floors, Tues is clean bathroom, Thursday is dust

5:45 switch laundry loads and either dry or hang on the lines outside, take out the garbage, preprep daycare breakfast

6:10 child #1 arrives and gets fed breakfast

6:30 child #2 arrives and gets fed her breakfast

7:15 child #3 arrives and gets fed breakfast

During breakfast I can normally get some laundry folded

7:45 diaper change time/potty time

8:00 child #1 and #3 nap time

8-8:30 child #2 watches a cartoon

8-8:30 I clean up breakfast and prepare my lunch (yes my lunch is at 8:30 a.m., crazy right?)

8:30 eat my lunch and share with child #2

8:45 we prepare for nap time to be over and get out shoes and diapers

8:55 nap time is over and kids wake up, get changed, shoes get put on and we head out for a walk

9-9:45 we walk (could be to the park, around the neighborhood, to area garage sales or through a nearby wooded area)

9:50 we play outside

10:00 bottle time for child #1

10:20 child #3 needed a diaper change

10:30 move indoors to play so I can start to prepare lunch with help from child #2

11:00 lunch time for kids

11:30 diaper/potty time

11:45 story time and cuddle time all together

12:00 nap time for all three kids

12:05 clean up lunch dishes, kitchen, fold remaining laundry and check emails

12:30 my workout time downstairs in our home gym

1:30 snack time for me, prepare snack for the kids, preprep any dinner items I can to save time later.

2:00 kids wake up, we cuddle, have snack, do diapers and potty time and get all shoes on.

2:45 we head outside to play

2:50 diaper time for child #3 again

3:00 husband gets home (my job gets easier here, child #2 becomes his pal for the remainder of the day)

3:15 diaper time for child #1 again

4:00 child #1 pick up time

4:30 child # 2 and 3 pick up time

4:40 start to prepare dinner, premake husbands next days lunch, check emails, vacuum(everyday chore)

5:10/5:15 eat dinner

5:30 clean up dinner

5:45 change and head to the gym for our workout

6-7:30 workout

7:45 shower, dry my hair, check emails

8:00pm bed time 🙂

Wow, that even amazes me. Now occasionally I will skip my afternoon workout to cut the lawn while the kids nap. And this day is our summer routine. Winter routine involves activities and projects which we do not do much of in the summer. This also does not include any bathroom breaks for myself, although, I really never get to pee alone anyhow. I have found that kids thrive on routine and routine is what we do our best to keep.

Again, this is a good day in our house during the week. I look at my weekdays as controlled chaos. On Friday I will show you what a typical Saturday looks like and let you know my feelings on if my life is balanced enough in my opinion.

 

 

 

 

 

Accomplishing The “To Do” List and A Fun Announcement

You know that TO DO list that seems to get longer as the seasons change? Apparently mine grows faster than we are able to get it done. However, lately that is not because we are not trying to keep up with the ever growing list.

For the past two weeks we have had the stomach flu rotating through our home. Let me be the first to say, IT HAS BEEN A LONG TWO WEEKS!!! I had it one weekend, all my daycare kiddos had it through out the week(along with their parents) and last weekend my husband started with it on Easter. He was still under the weather and home in bed on Monday. Needless to say, this has slowed us down quite a bit. However, we are all back up to full speed and it’s time to get the chores done before it’s play time(kayaking season).

The bricks and stone are bought for the last little bit of landscaping we need to finish. The kitchen/hall are emptied and ready to be painted, my new lawnmower will be assembled by Sunday and we have workouts planned both Saturday and Sunday. I am pumped to finally feel like we are going to accomplish things and be able to cross them off the list.

Now, for a little announcement I am happy to share with all of you. Months ago I applied to become an ambassador with the Sweat Pink Fit Approach team of healthy women. This is a group of women who believe in living healthy and going after what they believe in. Here is their mission statement:

We believe that kicking ass is best done in pretty shoes. We’ve learned that real women sweat, and sweat hard. We know that assertiveness, strength, and ambition are the ultimate feminine qualities. We concede that sometimes it takes hours to get ready, but we’re also no strangers to just rolling out of bed and going. We’re convinced that we run faster in pink shoelaces. We believe in pushing ourselves, and we believe in giving ourselves a break, too. We’re all about the rush of endorphins and the thrill of the challenge. We’re all for looking great and feeling even better. We’re committed to finding our best fit, and making it stick.

When I came across this statement, I knew I had to become part of this community. I look at life exactly like it says. Which makes becoming an ambassador to such a great group all the more exciting for me. I was informed this week that I have been accepted to this wonderful group of women and can’t wait to get even more involved in the Sweat Pink community.

Click the icon on the side if you want to meet some of the other amazing women.

Have a great weekend!