Monday, February 4, 2013

{Menu Monday} Circles

The picture is blurry because I
was shaking in shock. Not really.
Unfortunately, stuff like this
doesn't even surprise me anymore.
I guess a third of the country is happy today, a third is heartbroken, and a third doesn't care. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you must be in the latter third. :-)

Changing the subject, I have a very serious question. How can such small humans make such HUGE messes???? And so fast. Oh my word, I just feel like I'm spinning my wheels sometimes. A typical example: Friday night Zack and I were purging some haven't-seen-that-since-we-moved-in stuff from the kitchen cabinets. Trying to keep up you know... Turn around to discover that sweet Paisley (with no pants and a backpack on) had found some mint green nail polish to paint herself with. Her entire self. Well, at least she's on trend, right? (Is this where I insert "smh"? I just can't do it, but I am shaking my head.) I totaled up the time required just to do the basics of daily routines -- laundry, dishes, picking up. It's about 1.5 hours per day. This does not include:
  • preparing X meals per day for 6 hungry people, including 1 or more that are staaarrrrrving at any given time
  • planning for those meals, with a good effort at making them healthy and yummy
  • shopping and buying food for those meals (often at 10pm)
  • changing multiple diapers, including at least one good blowout per day
  • changing sheets for said blowout
  • doing an extra load of laundry for the sheets and/or carseat cover and clothes for said blowout
  • commuting to and from school 2x per day (approximately 2 hours total) and cleaning out the load of stuff that somehow infests the van on a daily basis
  • vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms, purging, sorting, organizing, mopping, dusting, wiping, trashing, polishing, scrubbing, disinfecting, etc forever
  • giving baths, brushing hair, negotiating clothing choices, brushing hair again, finding glasses, frantically searching for homework and folders, brushing someone else's hair 
  • mediating fights, coaching and teaching, correcting, disciplining, helping with homework, praising artwork, showing shock and amazement at Spiderman's jumping abilities (x 50), crafting, decorating (or not), wiping tears, redirecting tantrums, giving hugs, reading, painting nails
Oh my word!!!! I'm so glad I wrote that out. Because, PLEASE do not get me wrong -- I truly love my life and am so grateful, but that makes me not feel so bad that I have a never-gone pile of clothes on my dresser. Ha! But the rest of the messes I really really wish I could figure out how to stay on top of. It feels like while I'm cleaning one room, the others are disintegrating. Sometimes I feel like putting the kids to bed just so they can't make anymore messes haha!! I need to purge again I guess.

At any rate! Here is the result of one of my weekly labors, making a menu (totally worth the time investment, by the way!!!):
Monday - Baked Salmon, Cheesy Zucchini Bake, Wild Rice
Tuesday - Chicken Caesar Salad, French Bread
Wednesday - Slow Cooker Beans, Cornbread
Thursday - Santa Fe Chicken and Rice Soup
Friday - Leftovers/Sandwiches
Whew. Now I need a break. :-)

Linking up at OrgJunkie's Menu Plan Monday

1 comment:

  1. I'm sorry, but I laughed out loud (literally) at Paisley's misadventure. Thank you for sharing.