Saturday, January 21, 2012

So this is what it feels like to be full-time

So this was a crazy week and I am still having to remind myself that it was technically just a four day week since we were all off for MLK day. I added a couple of extra kids this week to my daycare and wow, was I busy. But I loved it and at the end of each day felt so blessed that I could work at home. At the end of February this will be the normal for me as one of the mom's I watch for will be headed back to work after her maternity leave. A few observations from my week:

  • I once again proved that if you want something done, you ask someone who is busy. I stayed up with the laundry and the housework better than I typically do. There is something about being busy that just keeps me focused and more disciplined.
  • Even though I did shed a few tears when my last one was completely potty trained (I'm weird, I know), I was reminded that those tears were not because I enjoyed changing diapers. However, I am extremely thankful for wipes and disposable diapers. I really can't imagine dipping that many diapers in the toilet to get them clean. ugh....and I apologize to anyone who just read that and was either preparing to eat or had just eaten.
  • There are few things in life that can make you feel like superwoman like getting four kids to nap at the same time for at least an hour. Yes, I did that...four days in a row.
  • Afternoon snuggles with an 18 month old on a cold, snowy afternoon are really great.

Birthday Fun!

John kicked off what I like to call our "quarter of birthdays" this last Tuesday. We celebrate three birthdays in our house over the next three months. John turned 8 years old which is a huge milestone for us because that means (drum roll, please....) no. more. booster. seat! Yeah! We are down to one car seat in our van. Here is John's stats for his 8th birthday:

Favorite And not the gourmet variety. He requested Totinos for supper. So, yeah, we are raising a boy with real particular tastes. He says he wants to be a pastor when he grows up so at least we know he will be able to afford his favorite foods if that is what he ends up doing.
Cake choice....chocolate. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate was what he wanted and I was very happy to supply it. He also took chocolate cupcakes to school in our handy, dandy cupcake carrier. (Love that thing!!!)
Presents....he got a scooter for his birthday. He also got books (a lot of books and I think he has read over half of them at this point and they weren't little) and Kinex.
Favorite pastimes....legos and anything that requires building. He spent most of the day today in his room building a roller coaster.