I thought last week was crazy, but apparently, the craziness has only just begun. Last week I had meetings every. day. for my new job as Small Town Elementary's school nurse. My sister Rachel Anne kidnapped the kids one day, and her daughter Lauren came another. She - I hesitate to use the word "babysat" - hung out with the kids. I am truly indebted. Other friends helped out with carpooling and babysitting. Thank you.
Had a little meltdown about Wednesday night, when
This week, the kids started school with me. I pulled teeth, wrapped sprained fingers, and gave out lots of bandaids; it was Allie-16's birthday (we were SEVEN MINUTES LATE to the Department of Public Safety yesterday to get her license - we both cried all the way home); Dennis "interviewed" a boy who has expressed interest in her (an hour after they turned the water back on because - imagine that - the water bill was late, in all the madness the last few weeks); and (why does it always seem to surprise me?) we began juggling sports schedules again.
But I ask myself, "If I didn't have kids, what would I be doing?"
Nope, I wouldn't trade it for anything.
One thing that has been helpful is Kathy Peel's website, FamilyManager.com. I downloaded the Who's Responsible For What form. It's been a great starting point for discussion. When I went through the list, most of the items had defaulted to "MOM." I see where I have not delegated "just because I'm home," or "just because I have time."
We've looked at this form before, but this time it is a true necessity. I think the kids are beginning to "get it" that they must pitch in - not because Mom is a neat freak (yeah, right - that'd be the day!) but because chaos immediately ensues.
The first thing that gets shifted off my plate to someone else's will obviously be getting the bills paid on time.