And that's how I've been feeling the last couple days. Maybe it's the fact that it's winter and I'm stuck inside with two kids ages 2 and under (and in the area where we live the things SAHMs do most often are parks and playgrounds and swimming etc...not really happening this time of year!).....but in general the last couple days have been kind of stressful! Brielle is into absolutely everything now, walking all over and causing messes, Raya has been acting out to get attention more and more and her new things is throwing toys, etc. when she doesn't get her way---the other day she threw her PAINT and got it all over. I was livid :-0.....and my Etsy shop has been doing great, but in turn I've been staying up until at least midnight every night working on orders, and that doesn't count all the time I spend emailing customers back and forth with questions and designing custom orders. The lack of sleep is wearing my patience very thin!
Which leads to our question "how's this all workin for ya Shawna?" Well Dr. Phil, thanks for asking! :-) It's not. But have no fear, I have an idea! I really think we need a stricter schedule around here. Right now our days are not really planned. I mean, in general we do one morning a week at the library, one day a week I have Sawyer and Harper, etc.....and the girls nap at about the same time every day. I try to do some laundry and a craft with Raya sometime during the day....But that is the closest thing we have to a schedule and I'm really starting to think we need something much more rigid. It's easy to get really relaxed when you are staying home, and while that certainly is a huge perk of the job, there is also something to be said for schedules and accountibility I think.
What do you all do as far as schedules? Do you have them? Please share!
One of the things I miss about working outside the home is to do lists. Yes, I miss to do lists! There is something very satisfying about checking things off a to-do list. Every check on the list is an accomplishment and it brings you one step closer to the end of the work day too. Plus you then have something concrete to sort of prove your day's productivity. When you stay at home you can work all day long and never really feel you accomplish anything because nothing is every "finished". You may do dishes, laundry, etc. and yet there is always more where that came from!
So my plan is that this weekend I want to write out a schedule. Something really detailed, but of course the benefit of staying home is that if things come up or we have plans there is no problem with skipping the schedule as needed :-) I also think a schedule will be good for Raya in preparation for school. I want to then make the schedule a *visual* schedule like they do in classrooms. Something that Raya can see too and help me "check off" the day's accomplishments. I think this will eliminate a lot of the downtime that leads to her acting out too. I'll let you all know how it goes! Once I figure out our schedule I'll share it too :-) I'm going to also be sure to build in maybe 2 set times of the day when I spend 15 minutes dealing with Etsy orders/communications so that it's not constantly interrupting my day.
And now let's end with some pictures. Cute pictures of my girls are a great pick-me-up for everyone, right?! Enjoy!
Brielle is the happiest baby in the morning...always full of smiles!
|Lately she always has to have her hands full of stuff! Uh oh, maybe she's becoming a toy hoarder! ;-)|
|There ya go :-)|
|Yeah, nothing wrong with your 1 year old rubbing her hands (and likely toothbrush)|
all over the trash can :-P
|Yep...she spotted the plunger...gross!|
|Oh shit---likely licking said plunger or doing equally gross things on the floor|
|Phew! I see her arm again! At least the horrors over by the toilet didn't last long LOL|
|...but wasn't Miss Raya cute during her tooth brush session?! :-)|
|Oh, who am I kidding? Of course I will!|
But how stinkin' cute is she now that she's a walker and can toddle around in cute outfits like this?! ;-)
Although we have no "real" schedule like I said, contrary to what Lee sometimes thinks we *do* attempt chores around the house. Raya loves to help me "fold" washclothes.
Today during Brielle's morning nap we did a craft. Raya helped me with the little heart, hence it's odd appearance lol
We are getting in the Valentine's day spirit now as February is so close! We did a craft and Brielle dressed festively today. I am also throwing a vday party at my place next Wednesday...I think we have like 12 kids coming! Should be fun ;-)
Brielle got this outfit when she was born last year, as a baby gift. It's size 18 months and still pretty big...I have to fold the pants over! Cute though....and yes, sock monkey balloon is still going strong!
And lastly, Raya and this f-ing makeup LOL. Seriously, she just got done BATHING in it! She's out of control haha. No idea why it now ends up everywhere *except* on her lips!