That's how many days I work outside of the home - an it's only for 5 hours - on Mondays.
My Dad owns Trellis Growing Systems, and he asked me to do some book keeping for him. I am working with Quick Books Pro, and I really enjoy it. I leave it there and don't go back until the next Monday. He pays me well, so I can justify paying childcare.
A beautiful friend of mine is watching my 2 youngest angels, and I love being able to pay her. I'm so thankful for her saying YES because it's not easy giving them up to childcare - and she's pretty much amazing.
So - today is Monday, and I worked today. I determined today that I can only work 1 day! That's all. period.
When a woman works - who has children and is considered the main caregiver and Home Manager (I think) this is what happens - this is what happened to me today:
To begin with, I overslept :/ so my morning started off behind and hectic.
I had to think about Sophie's day - she had Spanish after school so I emailed her teacher and my neighbor (who usually brings her home) that she will stay after school.
Sophie needed a morning snack plus a snack for Spanish packed. Thank goodness she agreed to eat school lunch.
Halle goes to preschool at 12:30, so I had to have her prepared for preschool.
I had to make sure Ian's bag, pillow, lovey and blanket were all packed for his childcare for the day.
I took our whole culdesac to school.
Josh left me a note (that I found on the counter after I overslept) that he needed a lunch dropped off to him and "snacks" for his group this evening for his PhD class. Oh yeah, and Josh has class tonight. He also needed me to return a movie.
I got everyone dropped off and I was working. While I was working the dentist office is calling me to reschedule an appointment for Josh. For the love, call him! But oh yeah, I keep the family calendar.
Next, I get a text from my Mom because she needs me to let out her dog (she's working late). Ok, I'll try to fit that in somewhere. After all she does for us, I can not and will not say no!
Did I mention I left the house a mess when I left?
I picked up Halle from preschool at 3 and Halle and I headed to the store. I had to shop for a few items because I am delivering 2 meals to friends on Wednesday and Josh needed a group "snack". Don't forget to grab the movie and return that too!
I have NO IDEA what's for dinner at this point, and at this point I really don't care.
Halle and I headed to Ms. Jen's to pick up Ian. He was snoring in the pack n play, so I woke him up. He was so adorable.
We stopped to let the dog out.
We came home and had a few minutes to get ourselves together before Sophie arrived home from school and Spanish lessons (my angel friend brings her home).
I whipped together some homemade mac n cheese - with cauliflower puree from our garden! and warmed up some left over burgers!
Josh got home, gobbled some food and headed to class. The house is a mess from dinner. I am sitting outside with my laptop and watching the kids play. :)
I have decided that I will clean up later, and I will enjoy tonight. I will go to Zumba in the morning with my beautiful neighbor and work out and treat MYSELF.
I have also decided that 1 day is enough. No more.
But this is what I love about working 1 day. It makes me look forward to and cherish the other 6.
I love what I do, and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I'm right where I need to be. I am sitting here right now thinking - I really feel that God gave me this 1 day to open my eyes and to cherish where I am - doing exactly what I was created to do.
God, I love you so much, and I am thankful - oh, so thankful! Amen.