The torrential rain eased up long enough for me to take Small Sun and Sprout to school this morning. We met their new teachers, found their desks, greeted friends with enthusiasm, kissed goodbye, and I turned towards home with two little boys and an armload of exercise books to cover.
I've spent some time over the summer trying to think of ways to work out the kinks in our weekly schedule. Things always start out so organized before gradually disintigrating to chaos, so I want to remember this moment when two little boys are napping, the house is clean, and the dog sleeps at my feet while I blog.
The chore chart is going well. After going store to store and failing to find any cute frames, and having a basket full of frames I needed to paint, and spray paint, and hardware to hang them, and the proper hardware to insert into our finicky walls, I walked by the dry erase boards and said "hello easy, jump in my basket and let's go home together!"
Each child has their own column of responsibilities. Each other time I've tried this it has been more hassle than help, but they must be that little bit older because they are actually doing the jobs to my satisfaction, and HELPING me! Even before school has started, I am feeling such a difference in the hairy parts of the day, and they are enthusiastic as well. Win!
Yesterday I planned our week's menu and The Captain did The Shop. He even took two kids with him so I could work on some deep cleaning without little helpers. Have I mentioned how amazing he is? I wouldn't volunteer to take little people shopping if I was offered chocolate!
I whipped up some zucchini muffins and bread for this week and to toss in the freezer. I also made popcorn and divided it into snack containers for lunch boxes. Lunches this week will be easy for The Captain to make. Yes, he does that too.
I found these magnetic white boards at IKEA. A pack of three was only a couple dollars. In addition to using them for my menu, I have these up for the preschool/school lot to double check that they've done what they need to do before heading out the door.
Now that I've layed the groundworks for what I hope will be a smooth week, I can just chill with the dinosaurs Finch left out for me. When I ask him what makes him happy he said "Dinosaurs...and Twelve Dancing Princesses (a Barbie movie)."
He also told me he won't miss me when he starts preschool this week. So, no worries there. B has a new contact schedule with his parents, and Small Sun starts T-ball on Saturday. Ballet starts back this week as well. I'm sure we'll be happy to see Saturday come!