There was a morning last week when I made the breakfasts and school lunches, checked the teeth brushing efforts, oversaw the school readiness efforts of the big two and assisted the littlest completely. I had the kitchen fully cleaned, dishwasher loaded and running and a load of clothes going in the washing machine before we were out the door at 8:12, ample time for first drop-off at Toby's school which begins at 8:30.
From there it was straight to a PTO meeting at the biggest two's school. Then to Target. Then to the gym.
As I pulled my mini van out of the gym parking lot at 11:04 to head home, I prided myself on really having this suburban mom thing down.
Or maybe a more sterotypical suburban mom would have showered at the gym and then headed off to meet girlfriends for lunch?
Give me a few more weeks. I'm new to this all-three-kids in school thing.
Yes, you read that right. All three kids in school. I've been trying to keep that fact on the down-low a 'lil bit. I have my own agenda, people, and don't really want everyone else coming up with ideas for how to spend my time, ya know?
With their school times being different, it ends up being a 5 hour window of kid-free time.
I gave myself August to get caught up. You can now see the desk in our office at which I type. (Well, you could have the last week of August and into the first week of September...) I did cleaning tasks that almost never happen - like removing everything off a piece of furniture to polish it down. I got the kids' scrapbooks updated. (Yes, they each have their own personal personal scrapbook. In addition to the annual family album I keep up with a "through the years" album for each kid that has birthdays, sports teams and big milestones. I hadn't gotten around to ever doing Toby's birthday page and Blue's needed his First Lost Tooth page done.)
I've joined a women's Bible study at my neighbor's church. At my own church I'm now helping with Awana's on Wednesday evenings and I joined the choir. I wear a robe and everything!
I've been in the gym three times a week for three weeks now.
This is good. I could get comfortable here.
I could have really shiny furniture if I wanted to.
It has long been my prayer that God best use my talents to serve both my family and my community. As a woman who's husband is always reminding her the tightness of that budget I can't help but hope and pray that maybe just possibly I will get to use my talents AND earn a little income for our family.
I watch other moms go into direct sales. And I think about it.
I watch other moms start photography/party planning/baking businesses. And I think about it.
I see people working retail and I think, heck, isn't that what people with liberal arts degrees like me are supposed to end up doing? And I think about it AND the potential for an employee discount. :-)
I've also been thinking about getting my teacher certificate.
But while I do some thinking and praying I have a writing project that I WILL FINISH. (I'm at 60,000 words thankyouverymuch and it occurred to me that if I averaged 3 pages a day for the next 30 days I could have a completed first draft by the end of October.)
And maybe it will simply serve as the writing project that shows Faydra is not meant to write chick lit. But then I will have shown myself that! Not a waste of time! And after that maybe I will get around to writing the early-reader chapter book that I've been mentally plotting through at red lights and other idle moments in my day.
All of that to say, my apologies if I'm a little light over here as I figure out how to best use my five-hour window.
Meanwhile know that:
The boys are good. Kaden and Blue get to ride the bus to school on Tuesday mornings so I can get off to my Bible study in time and they love that. Starting last week they get picked up in the Tae Kwon Do van two days a week as well. (We've put baseball on pause.)
We're excited about Children's choir and the Christmas concert for which they are already preparing.
Yup, plenty of good things going on here at the beginning of the school year.
But, Blue is Blue and given a new environment he is going to test every possible boundry just to check and see if maybe this time HE gets to be in charge. Parent/Teacher conference is set up for Thursday morning.
So yeah, there's that too.
It had to be Thursday because Wednesday is the volunteer breakfast.
(And the five-hour window gets smaller and smaller...)