Thursday, September 2, 2010
I have enjoyed having a laid-back summer schedule with my family. Our days have consisted of either going to the lake or a nearby water park where we have a season pass. In the afternoons we do a little housework and some lounging. I love not being tied to a schedule! I love garage sales with the kids, shopping, walks through the neighborhood and grilling. The thing I don't like about summer is that I have to put off having a clean house until the kids are gone again.
In the summer I get extra help from the kids with housework, but at the same time they make so many more messes! Someone is always eating, the kids have friends over, we make more laundry with all the beach towels, etc. I will lament my children going back to school, but I will rejoice when I regain control over my home!
I just returned from Open Houses at 2 of the kids schools. It was total mayhem, which got me thinking about the mayhem that is my home in the afternoons once school resumes. I usually still get a little down time in the afternoon with twin 2 1/2 year olds who nap, usually at the same time. All of a sudden the kids start coming home and I don't transition well from the little bit of quiet I get to the loud, active household of 6 children all needing my attention. Before I know it, Kevin walks in the door from work and I realize that I haven't even thought of what to make for supper! That is such a challenge for me.
When I was sick, some people brought me meals. I have decided that is my love language. When someone prepares a meal for me it is a fabulous gift!! My sister Katie recently came for the afternoon and brought me a meal 'just because'. I was so blessed!
I am resolving to make meals at least 4 nights a week. I know I need to prepare ahead of time. I have been cooking double and freezing half. Today I made 10 baked potatoes and scooped them out and added sour cream, seasoning, cheese, bacon and green onions and added them back to the skins. I flash froze them and then put them in 2 separate freezer bags to be eaten with a future meal.
I vow that I will not add to the evening chaos with my lack of dinner planning. I want to be prepared and on top of it so I can focus on the children when they get home.
I'm curious, what do you do to make meal time easier at your house? What school year resolutions do you have?