Don't get me wrong. I am enjoying it. I like to have some silence. I like being able to do things on my own time. I have had lots of thinking time (which can get me in trouble sometimes :). And I am not listening to whining, tattling, arguing, or millions of questions. I mean, I miss those people, but sometimes taking a break from the responsibilities of parenthood is necessary for my well-being. I stress a lot as a parent, worry, fret, question, doubt. It is nice to have a break from that. A little relief. A little peace of mind.
At the same time, I want to spend every minute of that time wisely.
So I make the mistake every time of setting "goals" for myself on these rare occasions.
That was a mistake. I have a LONG list of "want done" chores for the house. But since we are close to the end of school (so I have been told...haven't seen that yet :), I have had to focus most of my time on school chores which have to get done one way or another.
So I have been busy.
I just haven't met my goals.
Before I get discouraged, I am going to remind myself of the things I have done rather than the things I haven't...
- worked on my communication log (a log of my communication with parents)
- emptied out e-mails on my school account
- enjoyed dinner with my family (including sister and nieces/nephew)
- emptied out the fridge (most of it)
- cleaned out a lot of recycling materials (after emptying out the fridge)
- organized my recipe/cookbook shelf in the kitchen
- checked in on and commented on many blogs I follow.
- put away clean clothes for children 3 and 4
- organized 4's sock drawer
- matched unmatched socks (as much as was possible)
- wrote on a couple of my blogs...I haven't done enough cooking or hiking in recent days to post on those blogs :)
- edited and organized 550 or so pictures from the school year. (My class, not my own kids)
- took several pictures of the caterpillars/chrysalises for child 4 (as I made a mental note to next time order the insects when we have NO vacations or getaways coming up because they will start to change when he isn't here)
- "graded" papers
- went to Sunday School and church where I got to rock a precious baby
- emptied out a couple of bags where I had "stuffed" stuff until I could deal with it
- cleaned out the toaster (the best I could)
- worked several hours in my classroom, starting to pack things up and organize
- ran some errands in the afternoon rather than waiting for anyone to be in bed and having to do it late at night
- read several newspapers that have piled up in the garage due to "busy"ness
- a few loads of laundry
- empty/refill the dishwasher
- straightened up our scrapbooks/photo albums
- caught up reading/commenting on friends' blogs
- straightened up some kitchen drawers
I spent all day (Monday) at school planning for next year with most of my team.
The crew is home now.
Back to real life :)