Too Many Sticks in the Fire

If you were expecting the next installment of the Man in the Cupboard series, my apologies.  Time got the best of me this morning and I still have a pile on my plate the size of a small skyscraper.  Lately, it seems like there is far too much to do and far too little energy or opportunity to do it.  A good deal of this has to do with the kids being off track and my attempts to keep them engaged and happy, which can be a full-time job in itself.

As of Monday, they go back.  Kind of.  Only one is in full day school, the other is in half day, and the other won’t start school for a while.  While this still means that I never get time when they aren’t around, it’s easier not having as many fights and problems that apparently only I can fix.

I keep wondering where the time goes, why does it feel like at the end of everyday day I could have done so much more?  So, I made a chart.

Here is what a week of my life looks like –

mom chart

Don’t forget that most of these jobs have to be done at the same time as other jobs, often things like laundry and childcare overlap which makes one job take several times longer than it should, eating away at any extra time that could be used for other projects.  During the 45 minutes it took to write this post I was pulled away from the computer five separate times to deal with issues and am at this very moment being screamed at by an irate toddler who really wants the lightsaber so he can hit people with it.

So, what does this prove? Not much.  I still have the same 24 hours a day that everyone else has and am trying to spend it in the best way possible.  I enjoy many of these wedges, except perhaps the cleaning, laundry, and endless number of meals.  Feeding the family three, four, and five, times a day if you include the endless requests for snacks, can get old very fast but still has to be done!


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