the one with 4 young kids, right?
What's your schedule like? You're the type of person I want to hear from!
Yep, thatās me. Kids are 10, 8, 5 & 2.
Husband who works ridiculously long hours so Iām pretty much mom and dad rolled into one, but thankfully I donāt work.
Iām up around 6:00/6:30 when the first kid wakes up and usually in bed by 8:30, asleep between 8:30 and 10:00. Itās really hard to get moving again after getting 4 kids to bed in the dark. Easier to just go to bed myself.
Outside work - thereās not much to be done right now. Weāre renting, and the owner takes care of the dandelion forest that is supposed to be the yard, and in the past weāve lived in condo complexes where the HOA does the exterior maintenance. In winter, all the major snow removal is taken care of by HOAās or the owner but we had to dig out our parking spot and walkway. 2 winters ago it was no big deal, this winter was unreal. We didnāt even see any grass until the very end of May. Then we got 6ā of snow. Lots of shoveling by me. Husband would sometimes help if he wasnāt too late or if he needed to decompress, but I did most of it. Kids did as much as they could, but they built more snow forts than shoveling. The neighbor took pity on me and used his front end loader or his bobcat snowblower 3-4 times after monster storms to clear our parking spot. Without him, itād have been a lost cause. We paid him in beer and gas money for the heavy equipment.
Inside - I do at least 1 load of laundry every day, often 2, some days 4. Depends on whatās being done. Dishes pile up and get done before I start dinner usually. My oldest is getting into helping with dishes, heās just not independent with them yet. The 2 older boys have started cleaning toilets and sinks, basic bathroom stuff because I got sick of cleaning their pee off of all surfaces. How is it possible to miss so badly when you literally have a hose to pee from?? They are getting better (at cleaning, not aiming) but I still have to go over and hit what they missed. Sweep daily, vacuum when necessary (if not daily, every 3 days), mop when thereās a huge mess.
We live in a small house, so toys, LEGOS, stuffed animals and books are a problem.
Condos have always been small and overrun by kid stuff. Itās everywhere and I just donāt notice it much, but itās sad. Weāve got 3 boys in one room, and my daughter sleeps part time in our bed and part time on a mattress on the floor in our room. So the bedrooms are nothing but beds and clothes. We do the best we can, but itās messy. Even when we clean and organize itās just cluttered.
We are building a proper house (havenāt lived in one since I lived with my parents) after living in small condos for the last 20 years (except for one winter), and we cannot wait. Weāll have 4 good size bedrooms and a dedicated playroom. Closets for kids clothes, and room for dressers and beds. Itāll be a new house, so Iām hoping to hire cleaners to help keep it nice. I hate cleaning! Only thing here that seems to be decently priced - $20-25/hour. Snow removal will be on us (time to buy a blower and hire a roof crew), but no lawn, just a wildflower mix (itās whats on the lot along with trees).
Iāll be honest and say our house is always a mess. It just is. The second we sweep or vacuum, thereās crumbs on the floor. After you pick up all the LEGOS- you step on one, stuffed animals and blankets are everywhere. And I donāt t care. 6 people in less than 1000 sq ft is just messy.
I do lunches, walk kids to school, drive them or put them on the bus - depends on where we live honestly (weāve been moving around a lot since October 2017). I get them home, do homework, cook. If my husband isnāt home yet I get kids ready for bed and get them to sleep.
Thereās more, but itās past my bedtime and a kid just woke up. Gotta go!
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