Since school started today it was my first try at really implementing some of my ideas for simplification. Things like getting up early enough to have a relaxing morning, grocery shopping without spending a million dollars, and having my household chores done early so I could spend more time with the kids. And I failed miserably....kind of.
Getting up early was a bust because Miss Sophia decided she wanted to play around midnight. I brought her to bed with us, since she made it abundantly clear that she would only scream for hours if I left her in the crib. Mostly she was quiet and I got snatches of rest, but then she would start kissing me or babbling at me. When she finally did settle down (around 3:00 am), she inisisted on nuzzling herself right in the crook of my neck, making it very uncomfortable for me. And now I know what happens when she doesn't get her nap due to the new Sunday meeting schedule and ends up going to sleep an hour before bedtime.
Needless to say, I didn't get up at 6:30 when my alarm went off. Nor did I get up at 7:15 when Joel left the house to go shovel the walks of the elderly couple he home teaches (we got almost a foot of snow last night). I finally got myself out of bed at 7:45 and got the process started. Bria was barely on time to school because she wasn't so easy to get out of bed herself and dilly-dallied around quite a bit (as usual).
I got a few chores done after Bria was at school, got Sophia ready, showered, paid a few bills and began getting my "stuff" together for the big shopping trip while I waited for Sleeping Beauty to wake up (Chloe is my night owl and loves to sleep in). When she finally graced the world with her presence, I rushed her out of her nightgown, into some jeans and a t-shirt and out of the house with a granola bar to eat in the car.
My first stop was the Post Office where I found I did not bring the package I was intending to mail (sorry Hilary...I promise it'll get to you someday!). Second stop was my sister-in-law's house to pick up the coupons from yesterday's paper that she so kindly saved for me. I decided to join Grocery Game in an effort to curb our spending and my Sunday newspaper subscription does not kick in until next week.
So, around noon I left Ashley's house and headed off to the first of four grocery stores. Go ahead. Tell me I'm insane, because I won't disagree with you. My grocery trip turned into nearly 3 hours...not really simplified. It will get better, though. Our cupboards were bare and I did what I had to do to fill them. Part of the reason it took so long was because I hadn't found and cut out many of the coupons beforehand and had to do it in the parking lot before each stop. The bad news is I spent 125 dollars. The good news is I saved 112 dollars. The better news is that I usually spend upwards of 150 dollars each week and get half of what I was able to get today. I have to keep telling myself that time is something I do have, money is not. Therefore, it is all worth it.
I got home just in time to put perishables away and go pick up Bria from school. Then I tried to supervise homework, put the rest of the groceries away, talk to my mom on the phone, referee arguments and get the house in some kind of order. I was frustrated, but oh well. Things will get better, I will figure all of this out and get my priorities in line. While perhaps I didn't accomplish all I wanted to do today, I did manage to take a few baby steps forward, and that's a good thing.
It's also a good thing I have an entire year to figure this whole simplification thing out.