Do you ever feel like you hit the ground running and never stop from the moment you roll out of bed in the morning until the moment you fall back in at night?
Me too. And I haven't even done the dinner dishes yet.
Joel and I are making a concerted effort to be more present for our children. There are always so many distractions. So many. And sometimes I think our kids suffer for it.
After school is an especially difficult time for me. I'm already so tired from the day, and then pure craziness ensues. I'm only one person and they are all vying for my time and attention for those 4 hours or so before bedtime. It's absolute chaos, and I think that homework and practicing and whatever else needs to be done usually gets done rather haphazardly.
So, I'm trying to change. And in order to do that I have to eliminate all of my distractions during that time. That means all of my own chores must be done before 3:21 pm every day. The computer can't be on during those after school hours, and I have to stay present. I have to help with scales and spelling and note-reading and long division and music technique and keep Sophia happy all at the same time.
It's absolutely exhausting.
But it's working. We're being more effective. Let's hope it sticks.
(Any tips for the after school melee?)
In other news, I was tagged to do a meme by Rae of Lulu. Since I feel like I am fresh out of great stuff (or even not-so-great stuff) to say, here is the tenth picture in the first folder of "My Pictures" on this computer.
Which is not my computer, be aware. This is Joel's laptop, and I am currently being lazy (ignoring the dishes and everything) and lounging on the couch as I blog.
So this is it. The girls and I were having fun with Photo Booth a few weeks ago.
By the way, that's Chloe. I'm thinking it's pretty hard to tell.
And, since we've started, we may as well finish.
Here's one of Bria.
And, yours truly.
I must say, this picture makes me feel 78% better about my current state of inability to lose weight no matter what I don't eat. I remind myself of Harry Potter's Aunt Marge! Things could certainly be a lot worse.
And I'll definitely be leaving Photo Booth alone for a while.